By now, we all have developed a specific routine during the quarantine period. Your routine is uniquely your own. Your friends and relatives even have their own.

An ideal daily routine may look like this-

  1. When you wake up, you get to drink two glasses of water or one cup of coffee; then exercise for thirty minutes to one hour.
  2. After exercising- you take a bath, prepare breakfast, eat breakfast by yourself or with your family.
  3. And if you’re one of the lucky ones who’s given the chance to work from home, you get to do it until lunch time. By 12 noon, you prepare for lunch, and eat it together with your loved ones.
  4. After your lunch break, you get back to work (from home) until 5 or 6 in the evening. The only real time we get to do other activites is after dinner, some of us has the time to watch a movie or teleserye, hear the news or get to do our favorite hobby after 6pm.

Again, this is an ideal routine if you were lucky to have a work from home opportunity. Because we are all creatures of habit, it’s natural for us to have difficulty going back to our usual work routine when the quarantine ends. If your routine is totally different and you need a plan to follow to get you back to your old physical and mental state, here’s a suggestion-

  • Plan your work. It’s been a while since you last performed your daily tasks at work. Think about what you need to do on the job. You may even need to write it down so you can do your job properly once you go back to work.
  • Listen to new instructions. Be receptive with instructions from your superiors when you get back to work. Things may not instantly go back to normal and companies are all adjusting to changes in the economy. Find out if there are new guidelines at work because of the recent pandemic.
  • Be safe. You still need to keep your distance from people during your commute to and from work. Even while you’re in the office- wear a face mask and always wash your hand just to be sure you are safe.

Now that we are all about to go back to work, some of us might even need to undergo retraining and debriefing. If you feel that you need help to cope with stress and anxiety, there are a number of free hotlines that you can contact such as the NATASHA GOULBORNE FOUNDATION, (02) 804-HOPE (4673) or 24/7 HOPELINE, 0917-558-HOPE (4673).


Written by Oliver Villaverde for PhilJobNet