Written by: Anne Marie Fogarty, RGN
Creating Routines for Wellbeing
Having a routine may be beneficial at any time, especially if you attempt to create good habits, but these patterns can be crucial during uncertain times. A regular routine promotes mental health by providing you with greater control over your life, enabling you to adapt to change and feel less anxious. Also, establishing a routine is a fantastic approach to developing new, healthy habits and ensuring that you take time for self care every day.
Concentrate on Things You Can Manage
You might feel more in control of the situation if you manage your own behaviour. The objective is to establish a pattern that gives your day structure and predictability. A simple plan for when you will rise, eat, work, engage in activities, and sleep might help you feel less stressed and more organised. Additionally, structuring your day ensures you complete the essential, must-do chores, allowing you to fit in additional activities you want or need to do.
Create a List
Creating a list of activities you regularly do each day is useful, including work, dinner preparation, and domestic duties. Once you have a sense of the fundamental tasks you need to do, you may create a rough outline of what you may need to do each day to remain on schedule. Find something to look forward to, whether it’s a favourite television programme or a phone call with a buddy, even if it’s crucial to complete the necessities. Incorporating these little incentives into your routine might help you remain positive and focused while doing an activity you may not really love.
Determine what works for you
Is it preferable to have a defined daily schedule or a generic daily to-do list? Some individuals may flourish with a highly planned daily schedule that lists activities in exact blocks of time, while others may do well with a list of tasks they must do. How do you determine which strategy is best for you? Consider both your motives and the tasks you must do.
In other words, arrange a certain time to do those chores with the highest importance. Knowing that you have set out time for these chores will allow you to concentrate on maximising the remainder of your time.
Have a Healthy Breakfast
Breakfast should consist of a balanced combination of protein, slow-release carbs, vitamins, and minerals. Yoghurt with almonds and berries, a vegetarian omelette, and low-sugar granola bars with a piece of fruit are sensible alternatives.
Did you know that even mild dehydration may negatively affect your mood and concentration? Maintain a supply of water or other low-sugar beverages to consume throughout the day. Knowing that you must do those duties at a certain time on a specific day will help you stay on track and perhaps fight the impulse to continue delaying them.
Take Time to Unwind
It’s natural to experience stress from time to time, but chronic stress puts you at risk for various health diseases and issues, including depression and high blood pressure. Identify a healthy activity that calms you, and then include it in your daily schedule. This might be writing in a notebook, reading an uplifting book, spending time with a pet, meditating, or just taking a few moments to reflect on the positive aspects of your life.
Discovering and following the ideal daily routine can revitalise you and allow you to reclaim lost time. Your mind and body will appreciate the lowered worry and additional care you have provided for them. Cheers to a healthier, more tranquil, and more successful self!
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