Routines aren’t for everyone. And sometimes it’s good to break away from them from time to time, to try something new, get out of your comfort zone and challenge yourself. But routines can be hugely beneficial too when you need some structure. Perhaps a little routine is what you need at the moment?
Why Routine Can Be Useful
- Cultivates healthy habits and can help in breaking negative ones
- Brings structure to your day
- Gives you something to aim for and a sense of achievement
- Allows you to feel secure, confident and more in control of your life and your time
- Helps to utilize your time more wisely
- Promotes better productivity and focus
- Helps you to prioritise what’s most important to you right now
Types Of Routines
- Morning rituals – Make sure you start your day positively with a little structure, incorporating healthy habits, a little mindfulness or some ‘me’ time for reflection and relaxation.
- Day time productivity – Plan your day around what works for you and play to your strengths, working around the difficulties you may have, such as the times when pain or fatigue are at their worst.
- Night time wind down – Time out to reflect on the day, get your thoughts out of your head and on to paper, and make notes for the next day so you’re not stressing or worrying. Gentle stretches, reading, massage, technology-free space and sleep aids like pillow mist, lavender scents or earplugs can all help to relax and improve sleep.
These are just a few general, basic examples, but when put into practice, routines can be built upon, revised and harnessed to empower you and support your emotional and physical health.
Simple Suggestions To Boost Your Routines
- Green tea in the morning and 5 minutes of solitude to wake you up and clear your mind.
- Gentle stretches after waking for a few minutes, and some mood-boosting music to get you energised for the day.
- Lemon in water is a refreshing, healthy drink to hydrate your body and wake up your mind a little, and it’s also thought to help with detoxing and clearing skin. Drink hot or cold as you prefer.
- Mindful meditation for just 5 minutes each day.
- Make the most of sticky notes and to-do lists to keep on top of things and tick off those nagging tasks that you don’t want to do first so they’re out of the way
- Reach out to at least one person meaningfully each day, even if it’s just to say hello, just to make contact.
- Start a gratefulness list and add to it whenever you can, taking note of everything from the seemingly inconsequential (“I’m thankful for the fresh sheets that are so comfy”) to the bigger things (“I’m grateful for my body letting me walk today and enjoy the fresh air”) Sounds silly, but it helps to find the positives and the things to be happy about.
- Aim for adequate water each day, a few portions of fruit/veg and nutrients from your diet, to take your recommended medications and/or supplements – draw up a plan to tick them all off if you’re not great at remembering to take them and this will help instil the habit.
- Get support if and when you need it – speaking to others can help provide support, encouragement or give you a sense of accountability. Use local or online resources for self-help or advice when it comes to negative habits that you want to break or cut down on, such as with the use of tobacco or alcohol or disordered eating; don’t struggle alone.
- Try to get an idea for how your day looks before it sneaks up on you. If you’re more prepared, you’re more likely to stick to doing the important things rather than getting sidetracked and procrastinating. Write up a schedule if that will help, just get an idea of roughly what you want/need to do, and when throughout the day. I find that if I leave the day open to chance, even though I have things I need to do, I can really struggle to focus and get things done. But don’t worry if you can’t stick to it because your mind or body has other plans; go with the flow and work with what you’ve got, the main thing is that you’re trying and you’re adjusting as you go.
- Add self-care to your routine, whether that’s making sure you look after your skin with a cleanse, exfoliate and moisturise session each day, or showering with a favourite gel and picking fresh clothes that you feel comfortable and confident in.
Do you find yourself relying on routines? Or do you think there are areas of your life that would perhaps benefit from a little extra structure like this?
Take care and have a lovely weekend gorgeous guys & gals! ♥