We have recently found ourselves facing a new ‘normal’ and it is often called ‘life at home’ while social distancing. For lots of us, this clearly means a dramatic shift to endlessly juggling work, childcare, homecare and trying to support our loved ones from the confines of our humble abodes.
Most of us had our daily routine down to a T previously. Alarm goes off, shower, leave the house, on the road before the traffic or hit school drop-off on the nose. Boom ! Then work in the office from 9 to 5 before you commute home to kids, or friends, or even on a good day, the fitness-freak gym life. All topped off with a brief bit of downtime endeavor, quick cuppa, a catch up on Netflix (and chill) then off to bed before you do it all again tomorrow. Phew.
We are more likely to complain about being on the hamster wheel, but the truth is that schedule is good, and we secretly like it. And this new routine-less life where days merge into nights, Sundays into Mondays and meals into snacks has knocked many of us for altogether. Sense of being out of control is doing no good to our mental state and also disturbing our sleep cycle.
So we thought we had to try a bit and help out. The one thing we currently can control is our home routine. We have some hacks to get you on your way to a better night’s sleep, and a better morning.
Why is proper routine utmost important to get more sleep?
At this time where disruptions to your sleep are coming in from all angles, it becomes more important than ever to get a good home routine in place. It is naturally tempting to throw caution to the winds, stay in shorts all day and work from bed or indeed never get round to showering as you home-school your children whilst acting as the cook and cleaner, amidst the zoom calls and emails. But putting a daily home routine in place actually has multiple benefits for our health, productivity and cognitive function altogether
Repetition-Regularity-Rituals are all mechanisms which help to generate security mentally and allow us to feel psychologically safer. Regularity reduces uncertainty and produces stability and calms the emotional centre. And this means better sleep, and hence better days.
The secret is that it all starts with sleep
We may be biased but we believe that sleep has a lot to answer for. In fact, we believe that a great night’s sleep is the most important foundation for a good start.
We must ensure that we take proper rest and stick to our goals. Our mental performance is built from a night’s sleep including our ability to focus and concentrate and to feel our best emotionally. We are far more likely to keep to our planned schedules and to keep on track when we wake up fully refreshed after a good night’s sleep.”
But it’s not just sleep itself that matters, though we believe that you have hopefully heard great things about our memory foam mattresses and marshmallow-soft toppers being fantastic supports for a perfect night’s kip. It is also about preparing the body and brain for sleep, allowing for an easy transition.
Power your day's productivity
No matter what situation you find yourself in, whether doing the great balancing act of working or trying to set up your makeshift home office, we have compiled some simple hacks for a home routine that powers you all day long and nights as well:
Start your day right
Getting your proper 8 hours sleep has never been more important for mental, physical and emotional health.
Plan your day
Decide when you want to take offs and stick to them as part of your schedule. Set little alarms on your phone if you need, and genuinely give yourself the permission to take a break. You could get inventive with how you spend your breaks as a step away from virtual screen time.
Treat your day as a normal one
Resist the urge to stay in your pajamas– getting ready as you would on a usual day will help with motivation levels and help you avoid that ‘groundhog day’ feeling.
Keep the work- life balance intact
Creating a separate space for working and rest of your life is incredibly important to help us switch off in the evenings. Very deliberately close the door to your work arena at the end of that day, or if that’s not possible, at least put away your laptop for sometime.
Be conscious of food, drink and screen time
What we consume and the amount of time we spend on our screens can all have a huge impact on sleep. Keep a track of how your usual eating, drinking and screen use patterns are changing, and if you find your sleep pattern is disturbed look back and reflect. All of these can be contributory factors to deprive you of sleep. As a general guideline, caffeine should ideally be cut off after lunchtime.