Structure and routine are essential parts of an effective self-care plan, especially for people who experience a mental health issue like anxiety or depression, or for anyone who is going through significant change, like parents who are home with their kids due to school cancellations and people who are suddenly working from home when this isn’t their usual experience.
It can be difficult to maintain our typical routines when we’re experiencing a big change. At times, for instance under the current circumstances surrounding COVID-19, it’s necessary to break away from our normal habits in order to follow the recommendations of scientists and government officials. In the midst of the chaos it’s often tough to know where to start when it comes to creating or maintaining structure, especially when it seems things are changing every day. I encourage you to take a balanced approach and focus on a few key basics rather than striving to maintain as much of your usual structure as possible. Quality over quantity. Hold expectations loosely. Here are a few items that I recommend everyone use as a foundation for structure in the midst of change:
If last week felt a little chaotic, do yourself a solid and sit down for 15 minutes today to create a loose plan for this week using the above guidelines. Let me know how it goes, I’d love to hear your feedback!
Blog Author -- Jodie Voth, RMFT
Jodie is a full-time therapist and owner of Voth Family Therapy. She enjoys working with teens and motivated adults who are working through transitions and relationship challenges.