5 Tips for Adjusting to New Routines
Updated: Feb 5
When workplaces suddenly shifted to a work-from-home model, many people were forced to change their routines. Routines provide a sense of familiarity and comfort, so these types of changes can be stressful. Fortunately, there are some techniques you can use to prioritize your mental and behavioral health while acclimating to a new routine.
How to Adjust for a Different Routine
Don’t expect yourself to adapt to a new routine all at once. You’ll likely feel discouraged if you do. Rather, try to focus on one habit at a time. When working from home, for example, you might set a goal to start your day at the same time every morning. This introduces one layer of consistency. You can then add another new habit to your routine, easing into these changes without overwhelming yourself.
Whether you're adapting to summer vacation with kids or your return to the office, there are going to be slip-ups. You might have a hectic morning or run late to a meeting. While it’s easy to feel discouraged when life feels out of your control, try to practice self-forgiveness. Give yourself a fresh start as often as you need to. If you see a behavioral health therapist, they can help you create mantras to recenter when your new routine feels challenging.
Your support network can be a great resource when you’re adjusting to a new routine. If you’re struggling to adjust to a work-from-home routine, your friends can likely empathize with your situation. Leaning on your friends and family members can help you feel less alone during your transition. They might even have useful tips and words of comfort to offer.
Adapting to new daily routines takes work. And that work can drain your resources. Self care is essential for emotional and physical wellbeing, especially when you’re adjusting to a new normal. Recharge through hobbies, regular exercise, time with loved ones, and time in nature. The ideal self-care routine will look different for everyone. Whether you’re reading a book or riding your bike, these activities can reduce stress and help you operate as your best self.
You don’t need to adjust to your new routine on your own. Mental health counseling services are a great resource for anyone going through a stressful transition. A mental health professional can give you specific tools for coping with a new routine through individual counseling. These appointments are also a safe place to talk through your thoughts, challenges, and small victories. You’ll likely find yourself coping more effectively with the help of a counselor.
If you’re adjusting to a new routine or coping with any type of transition, the mental and behavioral health professionals at The Collective are here to support you. We offer a wide range of services at our Denver mental health clinic, including individual and group counseling, psychiatric services, psychological assessments, health coaching, and yoga for mental health. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with one of our licensed mental health professionals.
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