Having a daily routine can change your entire life for the better. Routines create a sense of structure and organization in our lives that leads to increased productivity, happiness and motivation. Identifying and shaping these patterns in life might even lead you to discover something new about yourself. Just a year ago, I had no idea that not having each individual day planned out was such a trigger for my anxiety! Everyone is different, so certain things that work for you might not work so well for others. Here’s a short list of the most important things that will help you create your own personal daily wellness routine, and they will work for everyone.
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I’m starting off this list with one of my biggest priorities (if not my biggest) – sleep. A no-brainer. People who get at least 7 hours of sleep a night are getting a lot more physical and mental health benefits than those who aren’t sleeping enough. To be able to create a daily routine, you need to be refreshed and functional everyday.
Create a morning routine.
Having a set routine for the morning can really help to set the tone for the rest of your day. It will help you become more productive and successful. Getting into the habit of making your bed every morning, taking time to eat breakfast, and maybe even a small workout will boost your mood and effectiveness for the day.
Plan your week.
At the beginning of each week, write down a list of things that need to be done by the end of the week. I use a planner like this one to organize my week so I always know what I need to get done. This prevents the need to cram everything at once, which causes higher anxiety and stress levels. As well as tasks that need to be completed, you can plan out your meals and workouts for the week.
Set aside some time for yourself every day.
Having time to yourself is crucial for your mental health! Figure out the things that make you happy, and take time to do them. Even if you only have 10-15 minutes, you can still give yourself a mental break. Go outside and take a short walk on your lunch break, or read a chapter of your favorite book. When you are working all day without taking breaks, it will lead to burnout.
I’ve been working on increasing my water intake for what seems like forever. Some days, it can be easy to forget. However, on the days that I don’t drink enough water I can physically feel a difference. Headaches, fatigue, and low energy can all be easily avoided by staying hydrated. Using a stainless steel water bottle will keep your drink cold all day, and it’s good for the planet 🙂
Create a bedtime routine.
Having a bedtime routine is equally as important as having a morning routine. It can promote better sleep and relieve stress from your day. Lessening your amount of screen time before bed is always a good idea, as well as meditation, yoga, or journaling. Don’t know what to journal about? Read my 40 Journal Prompts for Self-Discovery. Doing these simple activities before bed will help your mind unwind and relax.