When we’re stressed out, we often turn to bad habits or coping mechanisms. Perhaps we are at a loss of what else to do to fill our time. But bad habits – like drinking to excess – can have a negative effect on our mental and physical health.
On the other hand, maintaining a routine during COVID-19 can be highly beneficial. A routine goes beyond just keeping us organized – it can actually decrease the stress you feel and improve your mental health.
- Columbia University stresses the importance of maintaining a routine in order to weather out this time of reduced mobility and increased social distancing.
- WUSA9 spoke with a counselor who reminded us that this isn’t life cancelled, but rather on pause and to treat it as the temporary setback. Having a daily routine will help you reduce anxiety during this stressful time.
- The Vancouver Sun has some tips on how to help establish some routines while staying home.
*Previously posted on April 7th
Tomorrow: We all need to smile and laugh right now.