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Mental health matters

Keeping a routine

This section first appeared under our COVID-19 chapter in April 2020, together with other sections which we have now integrated into the rest of the website.

Make a point of knowing every day what the day and date is:

Mon, 03 Aug 2020

Try and do something special or different at the weekend.

Everyone's living circumstances are different and everyone's routines are not the same so, in some cases, maybe more difficult to maintain. If you live in a bedsit, for example, there are only so many times you can deep clean your room.

Consider making a schedule or weekly plan, perhaps divided into these headings:

  • Daily or weekly chores (cleaning and spring/ deep cleaning, laundry, and shopping)
  • Personal hygiene (keep it going, and decide how to maintain your hair)
  • Occupation (work, volunteering, cooking, games and puzzles, learning a skill or finding a hobby)
  • Staying active (physically and mentally)
  • Entertainment (TV, online, subscription)
  • Doorstep chats 6ft/ 2m apart (lockdown rules permitting)
  • Staying in contact (calls, webcam/ video, chat, messaging)
  • Sex (wank away and/ or check out our section on sex)

It may be helpful to set reminder alarms or timers at certain times of the day or put something up on the wall showing you what's what and when's what! 

Dr Lex's Tips for Dealing with COVID-19 | Cartoon | Patricio Gomez Di Leva | Mar 2020 | 2m 8s

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