Keeping a Daily Routine in the “New Normal”

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By Natalie Stamper, Psy.D

As the COVID-19 pandemic persists and our days working from home push into the latter half of the year, the “new normal” constantly referenced still doesn’t feel so normal. While for some, quarantine seems almost like a vacation due to the varying amounts of convenience offered from working in the comforts of one’s own home. Even so, it’s important to consider what we want to have accomplished after these many months. Staying on top of things by maintaining a daily routine offers a shot at a sense of normalcy and certainty.

Many have been anxious and stressed due to quarantine, and establishing daily routines brings about a sense of order and focus. Simple activities such as making your bed, applying perfume, and working out remind us that life goes on despite all circumstances (Rivers). The pandemic is not here to stay forever; all things pass in a matter of time. Being prepared to operate as normal, whether social distancing or not, is a crucial aspect of maintaining one’s wellness. Continuing to clean, dress for work, and call people regularly helps fight the lonely and dreadful nature of our extended time indoors (Krans). Most days are the same. Time has grown increasingly difficult to keep track of. Keeping up with daily activities and adhering to a healthy, regular sleep schedule allows us to keep track of each day’s progression.

The more quarantine interrupts our regular daily routines, the more aware we are of what we used to do every day. Simply because everyone is stuck at home for so long, our typical daily practices do not need to be stalled. The order that comes with daily tasks works well in fighting the anxiety of living in the COVID-19 pandemic. Although there are new limitations on our lives as a result of quarantine, life in no way has to stop moving. The new normal is only as abnormal as one lets it be.


References

Krans, Brian. “Steps to Help You Keep a Daily Routine During the COVID-19 Outbreak.” Healthline, Healthline Media, 13 Apr. 2020, www.healthline.com/health-news/how-to-keep-daily-routine-during-covid19-shelter-in-place.


Rivers, Megan. “Maintaining Routines Important While Social Distancing during COVID-19 Pandemic, Expert Says.” wusa9.Com, 23 Mar. 2020, www.wusa9.com/article/news/health/coronavirus/maintaining-routines-is-important-while-social-distancing-during-covid-19-pandemic/65-a734f052-ae17-45eb-b141-acab06fa906b.

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