As the chaos of COVID-19 is upending our daily routines, I want to take a moment to remind you that establishing a routine is important for both your physical and mental health. Keeping a solid sleep schedule improves your sleep and physical health. Keeping a daily routine improves your mental health. The CDC, in particular, has warned that anxiety and other mental health issues are likely to increase as restrictions become more severe to combat the coronavirus.
I encourage you to establish a new routine. Your routine should include some of the following elements:
Starting your day (waking, eating, showering, dressing, etc)
A set time for learning
BREAKS! Be sure to include breaks, especially ones that get you outside and walking around. Social distancing does not mean locking yourself inside. Go for a walk, take a bike ride, do some yoga on the lawn - whatever you need to get yourself out and about while still avoiding people is great.
A set time for hobbies and projects
Ending your day (brushing teeth, getting ready for bed, etc.)
Example Study Schedule
Below is a slightly modified schedule from Khan Academy. You do not have to follow this schedule, but it may act as a good guide for you as you establish your new study routines. Feel free to modify it to your needs or come up with something completely different. But do establish a schedule of some kind.
8:00am - 9:00am - Morning Routine Wake up, make your bed, eat breakfast and get ready for an awesome day! And yes, change out of PJs :)
9:00am - 9:30am - Math 9:30am - 10:00am - Science
10:30am - 11:00am - Break Walk, run, yoga, dance - do something active to move around and give your brain a break.
12pm - 1pm - Lunch Spend this time with your family to talk about how you're feeling and get any help if you need it.
1:00pm - 1:30pm - Latin 1:30pm - 2:00pm - Art
2:00pm-3:00pm - Break Get outside, if you haven't done so already. Go for a walk, ride a bike, or play with a dog if you have one!
3:00pm-4:00pm - Enrichment Learn something new! I have plenty of places to start on the Interesting Info Page. Maybe you are curious about how that mission to Mars is going. Maybe you want to learn to code. If you like writing, here are some prompts to get the juices flowing:
What would you do? Research how the virus spreads and different plans that leaders have made to slow it or stop it. Then imagine you are an elected official. Write a plan of your own to slow or stop the virus in your own town.
What are you excited or worried about?
Write a letter to yourself 10 years in the future. What do you want to tell your future self?
How do you think the world will be different after the novel coronavirus?
What part would you play? People in many, many different jobs play a role in managing this outbreak. Make a list of jobs that can contribute to a solution, and write about which job you’d want and why.
4:00pm-9:00pm - Relax Go outside, work on passions or hobbies, spend time with family, eat dinner, etc.