The importance of establishing routines and taking care of yourself during quarantine
We are living an unexpected situation, in which we must stay at home, for our health and that of others. So, it is important to spend time planning how we are going to establish a routine and organize coexistence during the duration of the confinement.
Keys to establishing a good routine during quarantine.
The routine must fulfill an important mission: to plan tasks to optimize the management of our time.
The routine does not have to pretend to be similar to the normal one (we are in an exceptional situation), but it does have to cover the same needs: work, spend time with the family, leisure, social relationships, physical exercise and food fury. In addition, there are new tasks derived from the situation that you have to include in your day to day, mainly, inform yourself about the current situation.
If you have the option to telecommute, try to establish a work schedule and respect it. It is not a good idea to be working all day while attending to other needs. And if possible, establish a specific place in your home to work away from any type of distraction and thus be more productive.
If you have children, the best resource in the next few days will be those activities that entertain them for a long period of time. It is important to combine the screens with creative games that they can do alone (puzzles, crafts, etc).
Children need their parents to pay attention to them and to share their time with them, but it doesn’t have to be just leisure time. They will feel just as well cared for if they play near you. Homework time is another good time to demand silence and attention. While they do schoolwork or paint, you can attend to occupations that require little concentration such as checking and sending emails or even making a call.
Given the situation, it is important to be a little more flexible, understanding that it is temporary, to adapt in the best way and thus create a good environment at home, favorable for everyone.
Decide how much time you will spend as a family, doing joint tasks, for example: helping your children with homework, playing board games, interactive activities that exercise the mind and develop creativity. In short, games that involve the whole family to promote unity.
Another way to combat boredom is to assign them chores: help cook, clean, or tidy up the house.
Take the opportunity to recover those home hobbies that you had forgotten due to lack of time such as: watching movies, reading a book, listening to music, writing, painting … which you have always liked but have never been able to spend too much time on.
Today we are fortunate that technology makes it easier for us to be in contact with friends and family without leaving home, through videoconferencing or instant messaging apps such as WhatsApp. Set limited hours to talk on the phone and socialize “virtually”.
Acquire foods that can be stored for long periods of time to comply with the state of alarm and not have the need to go outside and expose yourself, such as: quinoa, brown rice, whole wheat pasta, oats, legumes, raw nuts, oil extra virgin olive, frozen products such as meat and fish; etc.
In addition, it is important that you eat fruit every day, as well as different vegetables, which help the immune system because they are the greatest sources of vitamins. You can also search for cooking recipes online, it is a way to feel satisfied with yourself, and discover new dishes to delight your palate!