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Creating a Daily Schedule for Extended Home Stays

Unusual circumstances such as the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic can change our schedules, and in some cases make the things we normally do more difficult. Maintaining a daily schedule, including keeping consistent sleep habits and meal times, and making time for hobbies, can help elevate your mood.

An extended home stay is a great time to focus on more time-consuming hobbies or at-home tasks that you’ve been meaning to work on. Is there a puzzle you want to put together or a call you’ve been meaning to make?

Write down your ideas for new meaningful activities to try each day. You might want to include a general timeframe for when you’ll aim to do each activity: early morning, late morning, afternoon, early evening, late evening or nighttime.

Do you have some time to try a new activity tomorrow? What might it be? Here are some ideas:

  • Cook a special meal, and try one of our kidney-friendly recipes.

  • Pick up the guitar or other musical instrument to play again.

  • Call a family member to catch up.

  • Go for a 10-minute walk in the park.

  • Start reading a new book.

  • Work on that novel you’ve always dreamed of writing.

During challenging times, we are here to help. If you are a DaVita dialysis patient, please reach out to your social worker for more tips and additional support. You can find more information about coping with COVID-19 here.


This article is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for medical advice from a medical provider.


Please check with a medical professional if you need a diagnosis and/or for treatments as well as information regarding your specific condition. In case of emergency, call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest emergency department.

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