Routine is often thought of as a negative thing. You may have heard people say, or have said yourself, "Oh, just the same old routine," or "I'm so bored with my regular routine!" And sure, one of the main drawbacks of a routine is that it gets old and boring quickly. However, while routines can be boring, in many cases it is our routines that keep us grounded, sane and safe.
This is especially true in times like the coronavirus pandemic, when millions of people around the world are staying home from school, work and social activities. To top it off, parents, spouses and children suddenly need to coexist in a way that they never had to before. Children have virtual schoolwork and many parents still need to work. Routine is a great way to rise to these current challenges so that you come out stronger as a person and closer as a family.

Here are 5 benefits of creating a daily routine (and sticking to it).

1. Less stress - Knowing what you are going to do at different times every day can be a tremendous relief. You don't need to worry about how you'll fill the next few hours or what you'll do after you've finished your morning cup of coffee. Your entire day will be mapped out, giving you a chance to breathe and not have to worry.
2. Improved sleep - Going to sleep at the same time every night and waking up at the same time every morning is one way to make sure you get a good night's sleep. The better you sleep, the better your mood and the more capable youll feel to handle these challenging times.
3. Improves efficiency - When we create a routine and stick to it, we eliminate the need to make a lot of little decisions every day. These little decisions can detract from our overall efficiency, whereas knowing what you are supposed to do at various times helps us accomplish tasks easily.
4. Prevents wasting time - How easy would it be to sit in front of the television and watch Netflix all day? It would be easy and fun, sure, but after a few days, you would likely go crazy. What's more, you wouldn't be accomplishing anything. Creating a routine that includes screen time allows you to zone out when you need to but also ensures that you accomplish what needs to be done.
5. Builds a stronger family unit - With everyone sitting on top of each other all day, it's inevitable that you'll start to get on each other's nerves. Hearing "I'm bored, I'm bored" from your kids when you need to meet a deadline is enough to drive anyone bonkers. This is where a routine can save your relationships. Instead of hearing complaints and having power struggles, a routine can ensure that you all know what you are supposed to be doing at any given time.
At the same time, the routine can and should include family time, whether it's eating meals together, playing games, talking or going for a walk around the block (if allowed). This way, you'll maintain and even build your relationships with each other while still making sure that everyone has time to learn, work, chill out, eat and sleep.

Make Your Routine Flexible

While a routine can save you from going crazy when you're stuck inside all day, it's important to remember to maintain a certain level of flexibility. Isn't that a contradiction, you might ask? Yes and no.
One of the (only) benefits of having to stay at home during this tragic pandemic is that kids don't need to be at school by 8 o'clock and parents don't need to clock into work. Embrace this benefit! Structure is important, but now you have the luxury of creating a routine without all the stress.
So as opposed to sticking to your timeframe rigidly, leave some wiggle room for sleeping in, playing computer games and the inevitable breakdowns (of you and/or your children) that arise from being cooped up at home for too long.
Most importantly, create a schedule that allows some time for you to take care of yourself, whether it's a bubble bath, an exercise video or watching your favorite show.
Structure plus self-care is a good recipe for reducing stress, which is the well-known time-, sanity- and relationship-killer.

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