3 Easy ways to go back to your routine

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We have been watching Netflix, we would want to remain at home, a cup of coffee in hand, and never go back to our routine. I guess by now, we are kind of liking this.

The quarantine has given us the chance to be together at home, no rushing, and wearing pajamas all day long.

However, someday, we have to return to work, school, or our regular activities that took place outside of the house.

We have been dreaming of having some time off, something to take us out of the routine. Of course, we never imagined how it became real. We started to have time for ourselves. Now, we have time to Zoom our friends, read a book, or play a board game with our kids.

I have to say, it has been great! Cooking for the family, catching up with friends, finishing school, and submitting my homework. I know not every family is fortunate. Thank you for all hard-working people who have essential jobs, going to work everyday! I truly admire you! And the families struggling with COVID-19 and people dealing with grief. My heart and prayers go out for you!

How many times in a month do you take time for yourself? A little treat for you?

You do everything for your family, you even have homeschooled your kids, and you sometimes put yourself last.

So I am telling you three things that will make you go back to a routine with a different attitude.

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Time for You

Making time for you is not being selfish. You must take care of yourself first to take care of your family. If you get sick or stressed everything falls out of place. You are the one person taking care of your home and the one who organizes everything for your family.

Mark your calendar, one specific day, at a specific time, and do something good for you. Read a book, do yoga, talk to a friend, whatever it takes for you to relax. This will bring you back to your regular routine with a happy attitude.

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Just Say No

You feel obligated to everyone and you think you need to do everything that is being asked of you. You feel exhausted at work, then you come home and find out that you are invited to a family event that you need to go. (Maybe not on COVID-19 times). All your relaxing time for the weekend is gone, you have to show up to Aunt Annie’s crochet group.

Maybe, it is time to say NO to some of the activities. You can contribute to Aunt Annie’s party by sending her some cupcakes that you purchased from a friend, or you go to the crochet party but don’t stay too late.

I do not recommend to say NO to everything or every invitation. This suggestion is only to be used when you feel overwhelmed and need a break. Choose YOU instead of someone else. Taking a break from everything once in a while is a good thing for you.

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Focus

Once you have more energy, take some time to analyze and focus. Make a list of all your things to do, your goals, everything you have in mind. Act on them. Once you are relaxed, all your goals and plans seem easy to pursue.
Make priorities within the list and focus on them first. This will help you to focus on the important thing and not urgent things.

With YOU in mind, you will remember to take care of yourself first. You will be in a great mood, relaxed, and focused. You are not a machine, you need time to relax.  If you leave your coffee maker ON the whole day, it would burn, right? (Well, let’s imagine that they do not automatically shut off) You need to turn OFF and relax once in a while. You deserve it.

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One thought on “3 Easy ways to go back to your routine

  1. Mariela

    Love this article! Self care is so important yet we always leave ourselves last. Thanks for bringing back perspective. Best wishes

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