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Adapting to a New Routine

Many of us are working from home right now and trying to adapt to a new routine. This can also be the case when we change seasons, have a life change, or another major schedule disruptor.


General tips:

1. Don't force the old routine.

2. Identify what you need out of your day-to-day and routine.

3. Identify any positive changes in your new routine (the opportunity for slower mornings, the ability to ditch your commute, etc.)

4. Create a new routine that excites you.

5. Evaluate your new routine each week and adjust what's not working for you.


Mindset:

1. Give yourself permission to change your routine

2. Know that it will take trial and error to get it right and that it won't be perfect right away

3. Adjust accordingly

4. See it as an opportunity to rework things and create new habits, learning to be flexible

5. Identify your new triggers for distraction, overeating, mindless snacking, etc. and take action to overcome them. Create a plan as opposed to telling yourself to "just not do it" (that's not a strategy, btw).

6. Be realistic to your new limitations

7. Find the positives if you're having a hard time adjusting. You get to wear what you want, sit where you want, smell what you want like candles or diffusers, you're in your own comfortable environment, you get to listen to the music you want without having to use headphones, you don't have a commute so you found extra time, you can do workouts/walks in the afternoon on your lunch break, and you can mute annoying people in your zoom meetings or walk away from your desk when someone gets under your skin!


COVID Specific tips:

1. Turn off triggering notifications and information sources

2. If your main source of information is gossip, social media or the news (or worse, conspiracy stories) turn it off and go to the source. I'm not sure if this is the case everywhere but in MN our governor comes on and chats for a few minutes about updates and MN specific actions every day at 2. On top of that, CDC.gov and WHO.gov are both fantastic resources updated regularly that give you a picture of what's going on, without commentary or fear-based language

3. If you're having a hard time mentally adjusting because everything feels so scary:

- Reframe that we are safe at home, not stuck at home

- Remember you have control over your own actions

- You have control over what you put in your head and the conversations you're having. Are you ruminating or having productive conversations most of the time? Circling the same concerns and struggles just keep you stuck.

- Find something fun that can get you through this time. Learn something new, plan your next vacation, rearrange your house or purge the kitchen of stuff you don't actually use or the clothes in your closet you haven't worn!


We'll all get through this together but your perspective can make it much harder or much easier.


xo, Corin Groustra

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