The Return of Routine

The Return of Routine
by: Sarah Brannigan

3 minute read

Many people believe that routines are necessary parts of everyday life. Before the pandemic hit us, I was the sort of teenager who anticipated the exciting possibilities of each new day: I found routines to be really boring. I was not a fan of the “regular day.” A regular day may include waking up, making your bed, brushing your teeth, going to work or school, and coming home.

The COVID-19 Pandemic has changed the daily routines of millions of people. We all used to travel to different places, see different people, and do different things. It’s amazing to think about how similar the daily routines of millions of people have become over the past year. Our lives have almost become unified. We have connected through the similar experiences that we have dealt with every day. During the first few months of the pandemic, we went hunting for toilet paper, had Zoom baking parties with friends, and binge watched new television shows.

As a freshman in high school, I looked forward to meeting new people, trying new things, and creating the kind of routine that I used to dislike! The first few months of my freshman year were the complete opposite of normal. Instead of walking to school and socializing with my friends, I was stuck with waking up just minutes before my virtual classes to sit in front of a computer for over six hours. After living robotically for seven months there is a light at the end of the tunnel for some students. The normal routines that we may have disdained two years ago are now what we want back.

Now that students are coming back to school, our lives are slowly returning to normal. For me, and for many other students, the return of sports into our schools is great news. Students who were fully remote are now returning to school to play the sports they love. In accordance with CDC guidelines, we can play low-risk outdoor sports. It is heartwarming to see your friends face to face. Our competitive sides can shine through and we can release our stress through physical activity.

There is little doubt that routines can be boring. However, it was when our daily routines were turned upside down, that we discovered how important they really are to us.

Three cheers for the return to routine!

Stay safe and be well.


Sarah Brannigan is a freshman at Saint Barnabas High School, located in The Bronx, New York. She joined the SADD chapter at her school not only to learn from her peers, but also to work with her classmates on strategies to motivate the student body toward self-improvement during this very challenging year. Sarah enjoys writing, golfing, and traveling to new places. She is excited to witness the positive effects that SADD will have on her school and is actively recruiting new members to their chapter of SADD.

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