Routine is something regularly discussed by parents of newborns but it’s not just little ones who can benefit from routine. In fact, studies show that having a fixed daily structure can ease stress, help maintain focus and sustain motivation throughout the day, leading to greater productivity.
We all know the feeling of satisfaction when we’ve been productive and finally ticked off all the tasks on our dreaded to-do lists.
Spontaneity is great thing, however, during stressful times it can exacerbate anxiety – especially if you’re unsure of what you’re doing. Research shows that routine can have a positive impact on your mental health as it enables you to get your daily tasks in order. A life to-do list if you will. A clear head equals clear goals.
Tips for Routine
● Consistent alarm call: Wake up at the same time every morning, at a reasonable time, and make time for breakfast. This will give you the fuel you need for the day to tackle whatever life throws at you.
● Stretch: Turn your hands into fists and reach up to the sky with a smile on your face. This may seem silly but it has been proven that by doing this small exercise every morning it can set you up with the positive attitude you need to conquer. You have got this!
● Affirmations: Writing down affirmations is really important to keep your mind focused. You could write down your life goals, short term goals or even just daily goals, simple things such as “Today is going to be a great day”. Read these affirmation while having your breakfast. Confirming what you want in life and putting it out into the universe will give you the motivation you need to succeed.
● Breaking down goals and tasks: You will no doubt have a to-do list, but try and break it down into smaller more attainable tasks or goals. That way you will achieve more ticks in the boxes leaving you feeling satisfied with your productivity.
● Reward yourself – Never forget to give yourself a pat on the back for any achievement. No matter how big or small.
Why not implement a routine for a few weeks and see how it goes? You have nothing to lose and potentially a whole lot to gain.
Written by Abbie Holcroft, Community & Service Assistant, Headspace Manchester