The importance of keeping a daily routine during these next few weeks

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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn (WDEF) – In these times it can be easy to fall out of your daily routine or become depressed due to staying inside all the time.

Officials say keeping a routine is KEY.

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First, wake up at a good time every day — don’t let yourself sleep in.

Take some deep breaths when you wake up.

Make that morning coffee and get in a good breakfast.

Pick up a good book, do a puzzle with the kids, and do a morning stretch.

Officials suggest getting 30 minutes of exercise every day.

Most gyms are closed but you can still get creative at home and you do not need a lot of space or weights.

Workouts are still possible.

Planet Fitness and several other gyms are posting online home workouts for FREE

Next, prepare a lunch every day around the same time. 

In the afternoon, go for a walk. Take your dog with you. They will appreciate the exercise and sunshine just like your body will.

Finally, settle down with a good book or start a new Netflix series.

Great thing about a routine is that you can fit it to you and your lifestyle.

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Joeli Poole joined the WDEF News 12 Team in April 2019 as a Reporter and Producer. You can find her reporting during the week and when not on camera; she's producing the 6 and 11 shows. Joeli grew up with a love for reporting, starting in middle school. She has been the anchor for her middle and high school TV stations, along with the Sports Anchor for her College TV Station. Joeli grew up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and moved to Tennessee when she 10 years old. She went to Cleveland Middle school and Walker Valley High School. She graduated in May of 2019 from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a bachelor's degree in Communications. Being from the area, Joeli loves being able to help tell the stories of her community. In her spare time, Joeli enjoys watching her LSU Tigers, hiking, and playing with her dog. Feel free to email any story ideas at jpoole@wdef.com.