April 2020 TIC Tip of the Month

Now that the stay-at-home and physical distancing order has been extended, it is more important than ever to develop and follow a daily routine.  Routines, in general, promote a feeling of safety and may help minimize anxiety. Routines are predictable and we are living in a time period that is unpredictable.  Lastly, remember to practice kindness, understanding, patience, and flexibility. Assume that our FCS families are doing the best they can with the resources they have.   Helping our students develop routines now, will benefit them long into the future.

Staying at home to work, providing children education, being unemployed, or spending excessive time alone, can present challenges for many of our families and individuals. One way to help cope is to set a new routine.

Some tips to get started:

  • Create a schedule. Find an online template or app that provides a way to list activities for every hour of the day or make one of your own. Schedule something at least every hour.

  • Establish times for waking up, meals and snacks, going to bed, and sleeping.

  • Get ready for the day, bath or shower, brush your teeth, get dressed. Don’t wear pajamas all day.

  • Set start and end times for things like hobbies, mindfulness practices, self-care, taking walks, bicycling, other exercise, making phone calls or video conferencing with friends or family, social media activity, reading, playing games, walking/playing with pets, music, cooking, gardening or yard work, watching TV, journaling, movie time, and other leisure activities.

  • Routine and schedule are especially important for children and help them feel a sense of stability, security, and structure. Set consistent start and end times for schooling or education. Set times for chores, crafts, snacks, music, play, and naps or relaxation.

  • If working from home, set hours similar to those worked on site. Create a space in your home for work and school related activities, preferably away from distractions. If possible, make it a space you can get away from when you are not on the clock. Schedule time for meals and breaks.

  • Make time for breaks.

  • Make sure everyone gets some alone time.

  • Be sure to keep any essential medical or mental health appointments. Try telehealth when available and appropriate.

  • Schedule time to go out for necessities. Try to do this once a week or less and pick a non-peak time. Follow physical distancing. Remember to not touch your face and wash your hands.

  • While practicing physical distancing, and other safety precautions, such as washing your hands and not touching your face, build in time for helping neighbors and others, such as doing their yardwork or dropping off meals, baked goods, groceries, medications, or mail at the doorstep. Look for other ways to safely volunteer.

The tips for developing routines were obtained from the link below.  Minor edits were made to meet our needs. https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/home/covid-19-checklists/setting-a-new-routine-covid-19-checklist

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