STRUCTURE = SAFETY

If you’re not used to working from home, finding a routine is sure to be a challenge. These suggestions are meant to help you remember to take care of yourself. Do you have any helpful suggestions that you’d like to share back to us? Leave us a comment below!

Set your alarm clock to a regular time during the week. This will help you sleep better.

Plan the day with realistic goals: a good mix of things that are necessary (even if unpleasant), and things you enjoy.

Soak up as much daylight as possible. Maybe set up a work spot at a window? If you absorb lots of daylight in the morning, you’ll sleep sounder at night!

Is there something you’ve always wanted to learn but never had time for? Are there online tutorials or other resources that can help you master that new skill?

Help others by asking how they are managing their time. Sharing plans and schedules can motivate both of you to stick to them.

At the end of the day, check in with yourself. Did you give yourself enough time to take care of your wellbeing by doing sports, simply looking out at the sky, or anything else that you enjoy doing? If not, what could help you remember to do this tomorrow? Take notes to remind yourself when you wake up the next morning.

Get dressed as if you were going outside – this helps maintain a sense of normalcy.

Save special activities for the weekend. A special meal, a movie night with friends (on Zoom) a long walk in outdoors?

Stay active! There’s lots of things you can do at home without any equipment. You can even make yourself weights out of water bottles, or invent your own workout that uses nothing but a chair and your body weight. Physical activity is one of the most effective, immediate mood boosters! The more you strengthen your body, the easier it is to fend off stress-overload. Set yourself realistic fitness goals for the next two weeks and track your progress.

Track your social media consumption. Following your favorite feeds can be a good way of staying connecting with the outside world, but personal connections are much more effective. If you live alone, try to schedule time with friends or family at least three times a week.

If you live with lots of other people and aren’t used to spending so much time cooped up together, negotiate times that you can spend alone in a room.

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