August 03, 2020
We're all creatures of habit but routines offer a way to promote health and mental wellness through structure and organization. Having a routine can greatly improve your health. Many people who don’t have any type of routine suffer from:
Routines can be fun and don’t need to be boring. Their health benefits will make you wonder why you didn’t start one earlier. Some ways a routine can help include:
Here’s another crucial bonus: routines allow you to carve out time to pursue your passion every single day. Once it’s a routine, there’s no more wriggling out of painting or writing or working on your business plan because you’re too tired or the muse eludes you.
Having a routine helps ensure you do things well. For example, if your routine includes a daily shower, you’ll continually get better at it. Sure, it’s harder to perfect your prose style than the way you wash your hair, but the same logic applies: daily practice is where the magic happens.
And if one of the things you happen to incorporate into your daily routine is a meditation practice, you’ll amplify all of the benefits mentioned here, since meditation boosts creativity and productivity while alleviating stress and anxiety.
Sit down with a pad of paper and write out everything you do each day over a week. See what you can cut or reduce. Then see what you can set as a normal routine, something you do at a set time each day or week. It has to work with your lifestyle. If you like to stay up late, getting up early as part of your routine may not work.
Once you have your routine, give it a little time and it’ll start to feel like second nature—but if you realise something isn’t working, don’t be afraid to change it. It can be worthwhile to alter routines periodically to keep things fresh and stimulating. This is another secret bonus of routines: once you’ve established one, the merest of tweaks can revitalise your day.
Everyone is unique. Not everyone requires a fully scheduled day to reap the health benefits of a routine, so make the choices that work for you, knowing they’ll only make you healthier and more efficient with your time.
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