Our lives have changed dramatically in the last week or two. Our daily routine of getting up and setting out to take care of those things that we used to take for granted simply evaporated in a matter of days. I would never have thought that our "rat race" existence would change so dramatically. Our daily rhythm and routine have been disrupted and all of a sudden we find ourselves in a place that is unfamiliar and we are uncertain about our future; our jobs; and our economy
This unfamiliarity and uncertainty can cause stress and anxiety. Anxiety and stress can then play havoc with our ability to fall asleep and stay asleep. On the other hand, the inability to sleep well can then increase stress and anxiety, aggravating the ability to sleep well. And so it carries on, making us more and more stressed, depressed and anxious. If we sleep better, we can handle stress better. But how do we sleep better in these uncertain times?
Luckily there is a lot we can do during the day to set us up for a good nights sleep.
Create and maintain a daily schedule
Remember that what we do during the day, impacts on how we sleep during the night. That is why it is important to still get up at the same time in the morning, every morning. Get up and start with a set routine such as eating breakfast, shower, exercise. Try to do routine tasks like eating and exercising during the same time every day This will help to keep your circadian rhythm in check and will help you to expect some kind of familiarity which will help you to reduce stress and anxiety.