The Importance Of Establishing a Routine

Humans are creatures of habit. We typically thrive in situations of structure and organization, so today we’re diving deeper into the importance of establishing a routine. Did you know that having a routine can have a positive impact on your health?

Negative impacts of not having a routine

– Stress. When your priorities aren’t clearly laid out it can cause stress around what needs to get done and when you’ll get around to doing it.

– Ineffective use of time. When you don’t have a routine, you typically don’t have a plan for the day or know what your priorities are. This can lead to wasting time and not being as productive and efficient.

– Poor sleep. If you don’t know what your plan is for the next day that can cause some stress. People who have high stress levels tend to get poor sleep.

– Poor eating. If you aren’t thinking ahead, you won’t have your meals/snacks planned out. This often leads to stopping for fast food or eating whatever is available.

– Poor physical condition. If you don’t plan out when you’re going to workout, it probably won’t happen. 

Positive impacts of having a routine

– Lower stress levels. Knowing what needs to get done and when you’re going to do it will relieve a lot of stress. 

– Better overall health. People who have a routine typically have better overall health. They know what they’re going to eat, when they’re going to exercise and what their priorities are. 

– Better sleep. When you have a routine your stress levels are lower, which means you will sleep better knowing that you have a plan and your thoughts are organized.

– Helps you achieve your goals. Having a routine allows you to be mindful of your goals and take steps to achieve them.

Ways you can start establishing a routine

1- Establish what needs to be in your routine

Start by prioritizing what you want to do each day. If you want to exercise, make it a priority by planning out what your workout will be and what time you’re going to workout. If you want to cut out screen time, start doing other activities instead like going for a walk, drawing, cooking or journaling.

You won’t be able to establish a routine that you enjoy without first deciding what needs to get done each day.

2- Be consistent

When it comes to establishing a new routine, the key to success is being consistent. Getting into a new routine is hard to do, so you’re gonna have to force yourself at first. Once you can get into the habit of your new routine, staying consistent is going to help you succeed.

3- Set small goals

Starting a new routine is going to be challenging especially if you’re not used to structure. One way to keep you motivated and feeling good is to set small goals. Setting small goals will give you something to work towards and help you feel accomplished. You can start by setting a goal to workout 5x in one week. Once that goal is achieved, move onto another goal.

4- Reward yourself

It’s important to reward yourself for staying consistent with your new routine and achieving your small goals. Knowing that you have a reward for achieving your goals is going to motivate you even more to achieve them. It will also make the process of establishing a new routine more enjoyable. Plan out what your reward is going to be once you accomplish a goal so you can have that to motivate you.

Find what works for you

If you’re feeling a little overwhelmed after reading this blog, don’t worry! Everyone is different and these are just ideas for you to consider establishing into your routine. Some people prefer to not have a strict schedule while others thrive in that environment. So find what works for you and start making changes to living a more efficient and enjoyable life.

 

Sources: https://www.nm.org/healthbeat/healthy-tips/health-benefits-of-having-a-routine 

https://www.northshore.org/healthy-you/how-to-start-a-new-routine-and-stick-to-it/

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