Getting a good night’s rest every evening should be high on your priority list. And while many of us might have found ourselves with more than enough time on our hands to chill out and lay in bed during the COVID lockdown, society is somewhat getting back to normal—but this version of normalcy looks very different.
Parents might be returning to their professional work environment, but many companies have decided to make the transition to a remotely working from home a permanent change, even after social distancing measures lighten up. To the same effect, some kids are going back to school along with the collegiate students whose campuses have reopened, but still, others are required to receive an education through distant learning at home on the computer.
So, what does this mean for all these people who are caught in the middle of the pre- and post-COVID economy? Well, at least for now, it probably means that a lot of lines are blurred, schedules aren’t as structured, weekday routines in the morning and night may have fallen to the wayside if every day feels like a Saturday morning in your PJs.
People in every age group are experiencing a new way of living and almost all of them are figuring out a new way to feel rested, both mentally and physically. Picture these scenarios:
How you might be experiencing these transitional changes in your life or household is certainly unique in its own way, but that being said, there are a few good rules of thumb that you can use to help maintain good sleeping habits, even when your schedule might steer you off course.
With so many changes going on—that is still very much underway, given all the uncertainty in the air—do yourself a favor and try to maintain a semblance of normal consistency as best you can. This is especially important for younger ones; even though they might be homeschooled for a while, make them wake up at the same time as they would have before, change into an outfit for the day, and sit down promptly for their class video conference on time.
You might not like to hear this, but routines are good for people of all ages. Falling out of one is the surest way to fall into a rut instead, so start your day by making your bed and never hit the sheets without brushing your teeth. Both before- and after-bed habits build better sleeping patterns.
If your change in schedule included a change in scenery, you might have to overcome some new obstacles in order to successfully drift off to sleep. For those who are having a hard time winding down due to noise in the environment or chatter inside their head, a guided meditation podcast and a white noise machine are great ways to promote relaxation. Aromatherapy, earplugs, and eye masks can also do the trick.
One more tip: Stay active during these crazy times! Whether you play sports with friends outside or log weekly runs, exercise offers all sorts of benefits such as:
Remember to give your body and mind a little extra TLC over the next few months and you’ll be feeling better than your old pre-pandemic self by the time things settle back down.