Many take their daily life for granted. We work, take care of family and home, we train and take care of ourselves, meet friends and pursue various hobbies. This usually happens routinely and without us thinking about it so much. Only when the daily routine does not work, we are reminded of it.
As a McS in Occupational Tehreapy and Reg OT, as well a Professor in Innovation in Open Online Learning and expert in open online and flexible learning (OOFAT) I want to share some advises in Corona / Covid19 times.
Everyday work and balnce in life is always the focus for occupational therapists. We support people who encounter obstacles in their everyday life due to disability, illness, crises or for other reasons. We help people to cope with their everyday life.
The next few weeks, perhaps the months, will put an extraordinary amount of strain on our daily lives. We will all have to change our daily routines. We will have to do many of our daily activities in new ways, and there is a danger that our activity balance will be compromised. In order for us to continue to feel good and for our daily lives to function to such an extent, we need to think a little more about what we do and how we behave in our daily lives.
So here are some tips on how we can all organize our everyday life in these corona times:
Keep the activity balance.
When we spend more time than usual in our homes, it is particularly important to maintain a balance between the various activities of daily life - work and leisure, home and family. Research shows that a balanced activity balance is a prerequisite for perceived health. Plan the day with your family. Feel free to draw up a weekly plan in which you clarify when, with whom and where the various activities should be carried out.
Maintain the possible routines and create new ones.
Maintain your usual times for ascent, meals and bedtime. For both adults and children, set routines provide security and help us feel comfortable. Show younger children how to prevent infections by practicing washing their hands before each meal. Invent new, fun ways to greet each other that do not involve care. This creates a sense of participation. Make it a routine to keep in touch with parents, elderly relatives and friends through the phone and social media. Have dinner together via social media. Remember to keep in touch with work colleagues as well. Our work colleagues are often an important part of our daily social contacts.