To Routine or not to routine....that is the question?!

To Routine or not to routine....that is the question?!

To routine or not to routine?....that is the question!

 

Well, we are now three days into this countries isolation and it has been exhausting so far, that’s for sure!

Never before have I experienced such a range of emotions in 72 hours….not just my own, but those of my nearest and dearest.  It's tough! Not only am I trying to rationalise my own thoughts and call on every inch of positivity I have but I am also trying to see behind the fog of my husbands and my two children's actions and responses to help them to deal with how they might be feeling too!

My 9 year old for example….he is such a fun, loving and happy boy but these past few days he keeps having these random outbursts of tears over the smallest of things. It's like his bucket of emotions keeps filling up and filling up while we are flitting from one thing to the next and then all of a sudden it becomes too full for him to handle and spills over in floods of tears!

Up to now, I think I ‘ve just been winging it!! I ‘ve never had to work from home and homeschool my kids before whilst having the added pressure of trying to work out how I’m going to pay my bills for the foreseeable future as well as put food on the table!

So I’ve been running with it, taking each day as it comes.  With a vague plan in my mind of how the day is going to go or at least the first few hours anyway!  But I don’t think this is enough.  Not for the kids, not even for me.  We are creatures of habit.  Our whole existence involves waking each day and having somewhere to be, something to do, a time to do it and a deadline.  Life is rushed…it's planned out.  Not like when we were children growing up.  That’s probably not strictly true as both of my parents had to get to work and we had to get to school on time however I don’t ever remember us having the volumes of homework kids get these days and the need to do an out of school club every day of the week!

We have crammed our lives up to the rafters and yes it stresses us out but that is how we are now used to living.  So, to all of a sudden be given the task of staying at home.  Having no timescales, no deadlines, no pressure to get anything done….its confusing and it’s going to take more time than I considered to adjust.

I love the idea of time standing still or at least slowing down but I also think that I and my kids need structure.  I like control and I like a plan.  I like lists and I like ticking those lists off.  It lets me see my achievements and it gives me a focus.

So for me and my family, yes I do think routine is important meaning that tomorrow Ill be making a plan and drawing out a timetable for us to work with.  We can be slightly loose with it and move it around to fit but we can rest easy in knowing that each day we can arise and know what our purpose is for that day.  What our achievements are going to be and what our goals will be tomorrow.

But wait…….does this go against all of my beliefs?  The tools that I was talking about last time?... My calmness in mind and my trust in the angels to take away my worries and guide me along the right path.  The infinite wisdom that the angels have and tell me daily that everything is going to be ok….is that not enough for me to just sit back, relax and go with the flow?

Maybe just maybe, it is that I need a bit of both!  I do wholly believe that everything in life is a balance.  The foods we eat, our work and our play….everything we do, should be equally balanced in order to cancel the other out.  And I’m bringing myself to the conclusion here that yes, it is very important to me to have some structure and routine in my life however it is equally as important that I use my tools, my meditation and my beliefs, as it is those tools that will bring me through this routine a more balanced and collected human being and together they will bring me success!!

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