Everybody’s routine, including mine, went through a huge shift during COVID-19. A typical day became somewhat shapeless, and the line between my work-life and my home-life basically evaporated. I was used to being able to split my day into chunks: morning, commute, work, commute, home, etc. With COVID, all of those blended together and it threw me off more than being over-booked ever did.
To get my routine back on track, I picked a specific time to wake up and I stuck to it every day as if there was a train I had to catch. Sounds simple, and it is. But it worked for me.
Surprisingly, I found that forcing myself to wake up in the morning made it a little easier for me to wind down at the end of the day. I changed my nighttime routine as well, and here are a few things you may want to try:
Try to plan ahead for your bedtime just a little bit. You’ll do your busy mind favors if you unplug from all devices about one hour before bed. Try to add calming activities to this hour. For example, read a good book of poems or doodle a little bit. Do something you enjoy such as playing guitar or doing yoga poses for sleep. Try journaling your thoughts. You may find that if something is bothering you when you’re trying to sleep, you may discover that getting it down on paper makes the issue seem smaller, tangible, and manageable.
You can also use this job to do some light cleaning and organizing. This isn’t the time to break out the heavy-duty cleaners, but hanging up a few jackets and bringing cups to the sink will help you feel that your environment is less cluttered and more under control. Make sure your room itself is cool, and that your sheets are clean and comfortable. Some people like a calming fragrance like lavender to help them feel more at peace.