Schedules are an important part of your sanity, even when you’re stuck at home during a quarantine.
Even if you were sent home from work, for the time being. It is still a good idea to stick to a loosely scheduled day.
This goes for your children too, assuming they have been sent home from school.
Working from home myself, I have realized that making myself stick to some sort of a schedule is really good for my mental health. Even if it’s just waking up at the same time most days and implementing a morning routine.
If your children tend to wake up at the same time every day like clockwork, then I suggest taking note of that time and making it a point to wake up a minimum of 15-30 minutes before them.
I myself always try to wake up a bit before my son does, even if it’s just 15 minutes. This gives me time to start a pot of coffee, wash my face and just have a bit of ME time!
Take those minutes to yourself, drink your coffee and enjoy it. When your child(ren) wake up, try to keep them in the habit of their daily morning routine as well.
This doesn’t mean getting dressed in going out clothes, even just having them get up at a certain time, wash their faces and brush their teeth still keeps them in the habit of a morning routine.
Try to keep your meals and snacks around the same time every day as well. For example; breakfast at 8, snack at 10, lunch at 12 and so forth.
This will help prevent you and your child(ren) from getting back to work and school and being starving constantly because you got in the habit of snacking constantly for weeks on end.
A good bedtime routine is just as important as a good morning routine, set a bedtime and stick to it. Try to get away from electronics at least an hour before you’d like to fall asleep.
This is the perfect opportunity to read that book you’ve been meaning to get around to, I’m sure your child(ren) would love a story read to them before bed as well.
In my opinion, even just sticking to a scheduled morning/night routine and eating at the same time every day really adds a sense of structure and routine to this confusing time.
Have fun and keep your hands clean!