Routines & Why They are Important?
For nearly a year now, most of us have been doing things differently. We’ve been working remotely, holding zoom gatherings with friends and family, our vacations have switched to staycations. The structure we once had in our lives, is long gone.
Covid-19 has dramatically affected our normal routine. With this “new normal” lifestyle, come overwhelming feelings such as; increased stress levels and a lack of concentration and focus.
Establishing a routine is important, and right now, it is even more so. We can’t control when things will go back to normal, but one thing we can control is how we handle each day. Establishing a routine is one of the easiest things we can do to balance our body and mind.
Reason to Set a Routine
We are all busy, have a lot of responsibilities and obligations, and often feel strapped for time. Having a great routine can make all the difference and help us be more productive, achieve our goals and feel more organised. It can allow us to effectively complete tasks and handle anything that comes our way, without constantly feeling stressed or overwhelmed.
Establishing a routine can:
- Lower stress levels
- Regulate sleep patterns
- Alleviated insomnia
- Improve cognitive function
- Provide better management of mental health
- Boost confidence
- Increase productivity
How to Establish a Routine
- Give Yourself Time
Productivity professionals suggest that you listen to yourself and know what would be realistic for you to do and keep up with. Don't worry about what others are doing. Give your routine anywhere between 30-90 minutes.
- Practice Stillness
Activities like meditation, breathing, and prayer are all great examples of what this might look like as part of your morning routine. Practicing stillness can help us feel grounded, focused, and ready to effectively prioritise tasks.
Practicing stillness also allows us to reset and be fully present in the moment. We aren't fully present when we are looking at emails, scrolling through Instagram, and multitasking—and this can cause increased stress and anxiety. Practicing stillness, or even doing meditation and breathing exercises, helps set the tone of the day to help you feel calm, relaxed, and in control.
- Fuel Properly
The way we fuel our body can have a powerful influence on our physical health, our energy levels, and our mental attitude through the day.
If we feed ourselves food with little to no nutritional value, we don't feel our best, can find our energy levels peaking and crashing through the day, and feel unregulated. A healthy diet allows us to fuel our bodies properly and can lead to more consistent energy levels, as well as feeling more alert and focused.
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- Review Your Day
To establish a workable routine, we need to be honest with ourselves as we look at our days. Reviewing your day with intent allows you to maintain control over your schedule rather than your schedule controlling you. Also, remember to be intentional in deciding where your energy and efforts need to go, complete that, and then move on to the next. It can be helpful to focus on one thing at the time.
At the end of the day, it’s all about consistency. Consistency can form a habit and good habits can shape our life far more than we believe.
Our suggested products to help establish routines;
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