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Let's Chat: Maintaining Routine

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Now more than ever, maintaining a routine is super important. It is a trial & error process for some and comes natural to others. So this could be a good time to share what is working well and chat through some of the challenges we are facing. I know some days I find having a routine to stick to really easy and other days I really struggle. What has helped me is not putting pressure on myself to get it right everyday Smiley Happy 

 

Whether you’re working from home, studying at home or suddenly spending lots of time alone or with family/housemates - routine helps! 

 

Discuss: 

 

Have you changed your routine since spending more time at home? If so, how? 

 

What has helped you stick to a routine that works for you? 

 

Has setting a routine been difficult for you? 

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I'll start!

 

Have you changed your routine since spending more time at home? If so, how? 

100% - being at home all the time has made my little daily rituals very different. I didn't realise how much I actually enjoyed things like, listening to my music or a podcast on the way to the office and on the way home. So at first I really missed all the things that suddenly got taken away from my day to day. I have tried to make new routines like, making myself a nice lunch (I'm not the best meal prep person, so would usually buy) and also doing more art/craft at home. 

 

What has helped you stick to a routine that works for you? 

Talking to other people and accepting that even though it requires extra energy to make new habits, that it will be worth it and make me feel good. I'm still trying new things everyday to see what works for me - the next things I wanna tackle is getting into a good exercise regime at home, so if anyone has tips for that I'd love to hear them.

 

Has setting a routine been difficult for you? 

Yes! I think I have gone through lots of resistance to change but as each week goes on I get a little more comfortable with my new routines and start to find things that I hope to bring into life, once I'm back to my old routines.

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Have you changed your routine since spending more time at home? If so, how?
As I am caring for my sister and grandma, who can't leave the house on their own and I couldn't leave the house much after my surgeries, I was already used to spending a lot of time at home anyway. Some of the new things I have been doing are short online courses and I also signed up to an online-based volunteering. I've also been trying to keep my sister entertained and we've been watching a lot of movies and playing Animal Crossing together.
Some of the changes I have experienced are having to spend less time at the nursing home I volunteer at and being unable to go shopping as often.

What has helped you stick to a routine that works for you? 
I don't really have a timetable. I just try to do things at specific times of the day. I try to set reminders and keep calendars and diaries. Recently, I set up a calendar app that my other family members can look at and edit too. It's really helped us manage the appointments and other things that we have to do together, and ensure that they don't clash with other events.
Something that has helped me stick to healthy habits is a habit tracker, but sometimes I don't get to take all my medication for the day. I think that having an accountability buddy or a supportive friend or family member can really help as well.

Has setting a routine been difficult for you?
I think it's really hard for me to stick to my own habits and routines as a carer. For example, it's hard for me to sleep early because my sister can have non-epileptic seizures that last for hours and I usually have to wait for her to go to sleep before I do. There can also be emergencies that crop up. I tried to do an online course that was about research about happiness, but a lot of it was practical-based and involved setting my own habits, so I don't think it's suitable for me.

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Loving this chat! I hope people don't mind, just tagging in a few people who've been active over the last few days who may want to join in @xXLexi_Lou122Xx  @Bananatime04  @Tay100  @ecla34  @Saltwaterdreamtime @Tiny_leaf @lokifish @Bee @QueenBee  @Anzelmo 

 

 

Have you changed your routine since spending more time at home? If so, how?

I have been making an effort to get out of the house for some exercise most days, even if it's just a walk around the block or walk to our local shops. I have been missing the exercise I used to get that was built in to my commute, and I'd recently got back into swimming again but obviously that's on hold too. 

 

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I find a morning walk or run really helps me to kick off my day, and does amazing things for my frame of mind. If I'm by myself it gives me time to think, listen to music,  or catch up on podcasts. If I'm with my family we always end up having really good chats. 

 

It's been a pretty big adjustment for my family having both my husband and myself working from home and so home all of the time, but we are defintely getting better at switching into 'work mode', we are lucky enough to have space for a study which means that we can keep some physical boundaries between work and home life. 

 

What has helped you stick to a routine that works for you? 

I have a young child, so that makes sure that I'm up early every day!! I have to say that I actually really enjoy waking up early now, and enjoy my morning rituals of having a cup of coffee and listening to the birds outside.

 

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Some of what works for me is trial and error at the moment if I'm honest - we have changed most of our daily routines, and we are still adapting. So I try and be patient with myself, and be a bit more self-aware about what is working, and what isn't. For example, I did find that I wasn't getting enough exercise in the first week of social isolating and it was making me really cranky! I am much happier now I am forcing myself to get outside. We have a shared family calendar, and stick to roughly the same dinner time every night. We also have a new ritual of having a family bike ride most evenings, which is really nice. 

 

Has setting a routine been difficult for you?

Yes and no. Some aspects have been hard, like getting used to not popping to the shops every few days like I used to. It means we have to be more organised about what we are going to cook and plan. Some aspects come naturally, and some things we are still working on!

 

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@WheresMySquishy  I really value all of your insights so much as a young carer - there's so many of you out there, but we don't always hear about what's happening for you. Like you, I am really missing my volunteer stuff at a nursing home - we had to stop our program completely for the foreseable future (it was an intergenerational playgroup so definitely wasn't worth the risk), and another volunteer organisation I was involved in has also had to stop indefinitely as it involved going to people's homes for meals. It is wonderful to see that people are getting creative with online volunteering though!

 

What short courses have you been doing? It would be great to hear about them - I'm sure there's other community members who may be interested too Smiley Happy 

 

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@Bre-RO This is the thread we really need right now, thanks for creating it!
I really resonate what you said about resisting change- it's a Squamish, uncomfortable vibe, but I try to look at it as an adventure as opposed to an opportunity to grow, so there's no pressure to 'be better,' just to get through it!

 

@WheresMySquishy being a carer can add another layer of challenges to all this finding a 'new normal' stuff- do you have a good support plan, I wonder?

 

@Janine-RO cheers for the tag, and yep, coffee is my source of stability too, coupled with nature!

 

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@Bre-RO  my responses I forgot to post as well haha:

 

Have you changed your routine since spending more time at home? If so, how? 
Not really, it just means going to uni online instead of campus at the moment. But my social life/time away from uni has been affected, I can't take breaks outside of my home, my work space, like I used too.

What has helped you stick to a routine that works for you? 
Keeping my sleep schedule on track, and finding ways to reward myself throughout the day.

Has setting a routine been difficult for you? 
Nope, because writing a thesis forces you to make one! It's not having the proper social time/reaction that's hard.

 

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@Janine-RO  It's sad to hear that a lot of volunteering programs have had to be stopped, especially the ones which a lot of vulnerable people benefited from. Smiley Sad I'm actually surprised I can still volunteer at my nursing home.
One of the free online courses I did was this Psychological First Aid course. The whole course was available online as opposed to some courses that you can just audit and not participate in any of the assessments. I personally found it really helpful and it was so relevant to the current COVID-19 situation. I think it could apply to a range of settings. There have definitely been situations where I've had to use some of the things it suggested.
Another good course I'm doing is Positive Psychology - Resilience Skills. I'm only auditing it but it taught me a lot of techniques to manage anxiety, which I've already put to use and taught to other people.
Here are some other online courses I've recently done:
Understanding Dementia 
Introduction to Clinical Psychology 
Able-minded: Mental Health and People with Intellectual Disability 
Every Moment Has Potential 
This short course aimed at NDIS workers or people considering a career in it

I tried to do this course, but it was hard for me to stick to the habits with everything I have going on. Other people might find it helpful though!
There are also lots of online lectures available here. I tried watching the Death ones because I've heard that they were really eye-opening. It was kind of sleep-inducing for me (which isn't necessarily a bad thing).

@Tay100  We kind of don't really have a formal plan or routine at the moment, but I try to keep track of all the appointments via calendars and apps. The hospital has been supporting my parents. I wish they would do more though. I've personally always found the level of support to be inadequate. Most of the appointments we have now are with people we've sourced ourselves because the hospital can't do appointments as an outpatient due to the coronavirus stuff and they haven't contacted us to arrange online psych appointments for my sister.
The good news is that we've managed to get some carers for my grandma, but we haven't had to call them yet due to us spending more time in the house.

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Love the courses @WheresMySquishy 

Thanks for sharing Heart

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@WheresMySquishy  thanks so much for sharing all of these courses! I'm sure that there's heaps of other community members who'd be really interested, if you feel like it you could even make this a stand alone thread??

 

I did a Mental Health First Aid course last year, and it was really fantastic, one of the best short courses I've ever done. The Resilience Skills course also sounds really great. And the MOOC from UTas and disability courses also look incredible, I wasn't aware of heaps of these! How did you find them all? You've definitely inspired me to go looking for some short courses, this is the first year in a long time that I haven't been doing any study, and I am actually starting to miss it (something I didn't think I would say a year ago lol!)

 

It's disappointing that the level of support isn't quite where it needs to be for your parents,it sounds like you have been a massive support for your family in searching out different therapy options for your sister. 

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This is great guys! And thanks for sharing all those courses @WheresMySquishy, I think I'm going to have to check some out - especially during the uni break seems I've lost both my jobs 🙃

 

Have you changed your routine since spending more time at home? If so, how? 

Yes.. I find myself watching a lot more Netflix! I've watched 3 shows from start to finish already and I usually barely ever watch TV 😂 I also find I can't stick to a routine atm, I'm all over the bloody place so if anyone has any suggestions I'd love to hear them! I'm trying my best but some days are just too hard! Like today, I slept till 1pm and then spent all day in bed or on the couch 🙃 

 

What has helped you stick to a routine that works for you? 

I find physically going into uni helps me. I don't get anything done otherwise so find being at uni is keeping things 'normal' and giving me some sort of routine? 

 

Has setting a routine been difficult for you? 

YES! My mental health is down the drain good and proper at the moment so I'm very much all over the place! I'm trying my absolute best to wake up and go to sleep the same time everyday but it's definately a struggle!