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’sΒ 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 atΒ 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 –Β 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! β™₯

31 thoughts on “The Importance Of Routine”

  1. Lovely post, I think routines are very important. I’m in such a black hole at the moment I find it hard to stick to anything but I try to force myself to routines such as you have mentioned xx

    1. They can be really useful when you’re struggling. I know that when I’m in that kind of black hole, trying to focus on practicalities, routine and to-do lists can help. Then again, a bit of spontaneity can be very freeing when you can manage it, but I do think you need to be strong enough at the time to do that. Sending a hug your way, and a light for the darkness you’re going through. xx

  2. Great post Caz! I think it definitely depends on the type of person if they like routines or not. I’m definitely someone who loves routines, as it helps make me sure I stay on top of everything I need to, and also I know what to expect πŸ™‚

    1. I find comfort in routine too, though I know there’s also importance in breaking out of it every now and again, in escaping your comfort zone and seeking some spontaneity when you feel strong enough to do so. Thank you for the lovely comment πŸ™‚
      xx

  3. These are great ideas. I do most of them. The one that’s most recent is envisioning my day when I wake up. This kind of sets a positive tone for what I expect to happen at each juncture. So far, so good πŸ˜‰

  4. Some sound and very practical advice, especially for those who have no set routine other than a self-created one. I’m convinced that we’re all creatures of habit, and get into habits good or bad, which affect our outlook. Although I’m fortunate enough to have recently retired at the age of 60 I want (as well as needing some money!)to look for some part time work once I’ve emotionally de-toxed. Without it I’ll just drift through the day, do little woirthwhile, and get annoyed with myself for frittering away precious time. Having the structure of part-time work (I’m very conscious that not everyone has this option) will also make me appreciate my “spare” time more!

  5. Great post! I think routines are important to well-being for sure. I sometimes wonder if that is part of why people who have pets are healthier over all. They sort of force a routine even for those who otherwise wouldn’t necessarily have a structure to their days. I see this in my retired parents. My problem is taking a deep breath and rolling with it when my routine gets disrupted, like when one of my kids needs to stay home sick. The whole “this day is cancelled” thing is hard for me but so often opens up opportunity for things the routine doesn’t have space for.

    1. This is very true, and I see the same thing with my folks when it comes to pets because there’s something to do at set times and it definitely can add to well-being. I also struggle when things don’t go according to plan because I’m not great at “going with the flow”, but if you can, it can often open up new opportunities as you say. Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting! πŸ™‚
      Caz x

    1. I think you’re right about them adding some stability and providing a little comfort. Perhaps a little morning and evening routine could help you, worth thinking about πŸ™‚
      Thanks for the comment! x

  6. My life could most definitely use some structure. I’d kinda given up on structure because it seems these diseases/illnesses consume me and guide my day. But, after reading this, it’s been a kind reminder of what I really need to be doing and it’s ok if things don’t go exactly as planned. Thank you so much for this post. I really needed this reminder, as I’ve been struggling, again……………with these illnesses, it comes and goes……………….I feel really confident for awhile, then I lose all hope and just resort to doing nothing, because I feel it gets me nowhere, just more sick. I’m going to print this out and try to start doing something like this each day. Hope you had a great day. XX πŸ™‚

    1. I think those ups and downs, dealing okay and then struggling, are ‘normal’ (for lack of a better word!) when dealing with illnesses. You do the best you can, but sometimes you need someone to tell you to be kind to yourself when things aren’t going so well or when things don’t quite go to plan. Thank you so much for you comment, and know that you can always drop me an email if you ever want to talk because you’re not alone πŸ™‚ Take care. Caz xx

      1. Thank you so much! Hope you’re having a “great” day! XX πŸ™‚ I really would like to follow your blog, but do I have to use an email address? I’m getting ready to delete my Yahoo gmail because I never use it anymore. It’s just sitting there, waiting to get hacked. The other email address I currently use, is also used by someone else. Is it possible to follow your blog without using email, until I can get my own email address, solely used by me? Take care. πŸ™‚

        1. I know how frustrating it is trying to sort out email addresses, especially if you get spammed or hacked etc, hope you manage to sort things out with a new one soon. There should be a ‘follow’ button towards the bottom right of the page, so if you start to scroll up/down you should be able to see it. Although, I’m now wondering if that’s disappeared as this is now a self-hosted site. Perhaps if you go to your WordPress Reader > search (on the left) > start typing invisiblyme.com > the site should come up to follow on the right. Let me know if not.. πŸ™‚

          1. You have the follow button in the lower right hand corner, but when I click on it, you have to put an email address. Being not the only one using my current email address, I hate to be responsible for anyone else getting hacked because of that person and what they are opening and doing. I would hate for you to get hacked because someone else got my email address hacked….know what I mean? I really enjoy your blog. I’ll just try to keep track of it on my own…………………….this fibro fog doesn’t help matters….I even went to my reader and did it the way you said, and it is the same. πŸ™‚

  7. I figured it out. I’m now following you. When I went to my reader and saw you on the right side of the page, I clicked on your address instead of the little blue icon next to it. You’ll have to excuse me, I know nothing about these computers, and it’s almost 2 a.m. and I am delirious…..lol I best try to get some sleep, but I’ll be back. πŸ™‚

    1. No worries – Working out WordPress and such is hard enough without fibro fog and lack of sleep getting in the way, which it sounds like we both know all too well! Hope you managed to get a bit of rest πŸ™‚

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