Having a daily routine (e.g. morning or night time) creates repetitive habits to help you accomplish a goal. However small or big that goal may seem, it takes self-control and self-discipline to achieve it. Creating a space specifically tailored to your needs and wants will help develop feelings of comfort and stability. Life seems a little less impossible when you are in control. You have the power to change or adapt your routines when it is time. Having daily routines can reduce stress levels, promote overall well-being, and support healthy sleep cycles. Routines are a form of self-care anyone can practice.
Here are some tips to help you get started with creating or adapting your routines:
- Set small goals first.
- Wake up and go to bed at the same time everyday.
- Start your morning with relaxation techniques such as meditation or belly breathing.
- Try exercising or stretching shortly after you wake up.
- Rehydrate! It’s important to drink plenty of water after you’ve just slept 8 hours without it.
- Try journaling. No one has to read what you write unless you plan to publish it!
- Limit screen time.
- Set yourself up for success the evening before whether you pick out your clothes, prep your morning coffee, or get your lunch ready.
- Tidy up. Create an environment you look forward to waking up in.
- Finally, have a moment of gratitude each day.
It’s okay to change your routine(s). It may be trial and error at first. Adapt your routines to fit your current needs. They will evolve as you do. Always focus on what YOU can control. Remember it takes 3 weeks to create a habit! Practice, practice, practice.