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10 Tips on How to Maintain a Routine of Kindness During Difficult Times

Last Updated: 4/14/2020 6:30 PM

 

10 tips on how to maintain a routine of kindness during difficult times.

 
  1. Maintain a sleep schedule and manage your hygiene. This may be difficult for those working on the front lines, but remember that sleep is critical to wellness. Getting enough (continuous) sleep is so important! Keep up with your hygiene habits. Get showered, brush your teeth, wash your face, wear something other than pajamas (even though they are so comfy!) and include bright colors in your daily wardrobe.
     
  2. Do good for others! When we help others and increase altruistic behavior, we are doing good for ourselves. There is a LOT of evidence about the science of doing good and why it benefits our own health. Make sure that while you’re taking care of yourself, you’re doing what you can to support others.
     
  3. Get outside. Go for a walk. Play frisbee. Plant some flowers. Try to go for at least 30 minutes. If you can’t go outside, open the windows. Get fresh air and sunshine. Vitamin D is so important to our physical and mental health. Soak up some rays!
     
  4. Connect with others. Use your phone or platforms like FaceTime, Skype or Zoom to talk with family and friends. Share how you’re feeling and actively listen to others when they share how they are feeling.
     
  5. Spend a little extra time with your parents and/or pets. They may be confused and/or scared. This is a great time to build stronger connections with those around you. Looking for ideas of things to do?Create a schedule! 
    (*Create a daily schedule that includes Academics, Exercise, Creative-Time, Quiet-Time and Time to Connect with Friends.)
  6. Drink lots of water! Eat healthy. 
  7. Find a reason to smile every day. In fact, find a way to generate a good hearty belly laugh every day. It does a body good.
  8. Be grateful. There is SO MUCH to be grateful for right now. Practicing gratitude builds resilience and helps us through the toughest times. Find three things every day that you are grateful for and write them down. Put the lists in a jar and look at your lists months from now to remind you of all the little reasons you were able to get through this period.

We can do this if we keep a routine of love, laughter and beauty at the forefront.