I love having a daily routine. There are times in my life where things happen such as Christmas where that routine goes out of the window. During these times it really makes me appreciate a routine even more. I literally pine after that routine and get itchy feet to put down a to-do-list for the day.
Here are some positive reasons why having a daily routine can be really beneficial to you.
Because it creates automatic habits over time that you don’t need to think about. Therefore, leading to not having to use your time to think about it means you are being more efficient to do other things.
Less need to plan when you have a regular routine because you subconsciously just do it, in turn, leads to healthy habits that you automatically do over time.
Routines help creates motivation to keep going because you can see the benefits that a routine is having on your life.
Once you have your s**t together you will be quicker. Therefore more time to relax.
Less likely to procrastinate because you wire your brain to do the things that need doing as you have a plan and know what to expect.
You will feel more in control as you know what you are doing, giving you the confidence to get stuff done.
Having a plan for the day can help you get a better night sleep when you know what to expect without having to dread the night before what the day will happen.
It gives you a sense of security as you know what to expect and can make you feel comfortable about life.
Routines help reduces stress levels as you feel more confident, in control and having that sense that you can get something done in a day.
Having a routine can help give you a structure to your day.
I hope that has inspired you.
Cheers for reading X
Christmas can be a difficult time for some, I for one struggle with depression and anxiety, I know I am not the only one. Here are few things to bear in my mind when you are depressed.
1) When you are feeling low, you feel like you are the only person to being going through hell. But remember that you are not alone, in fact approximately 1 in 4 people experience mental health problems in the uk each year. Did you know that mixed anxiety and depression is the most common mental health disorder in Britain?! That speaks volumes really!
2) Remember it is ok not to be and sometimes dwelling in sadness is acceptable. Like wise asking for help, taking bills or going to therapy are also acceptable. We are all different, experiment and use what works for you. Don’t be ashamed as there is so many people seeking out different ways to manage.
3) Don’t aim to cure, it is more important to manage and find strategies that help reduce the feelings. Of course, in an ideal world I would love to get rid of my depression etc but the changes are slim. I am not rejected the fact I can’t overcome it, I am more trying to accept what I have got, taken the pressure of and taking one day at a time. No one really knows what is around the corner, so just being present in the moment is much more realistic way of thinking.
4) Don’t ignore how you feel, sweeping under the carpet won’t make it go away. I have been guilty in the past and have learnt the hard way when the illness will creep up on you, there is only so much hiding you can do until eventually you will crack. It is better to deal with the situation now then later when it is much bigger and more difficult to manage.
Sometimes life can be stressful or we don’t look after ourselves. A way to help when life gets on top of us is practice something positive to do for ourselves to help make sure that you as a person are cared for. Below I have gathered 50 ways to do self care, the activities are a mixed bag and some are free some may require some cash. Others don’t take long compared to other activities that can take longer. Therefore, there is plenty of choice for you to choose from to help you feel good and making sure that you DO self care on yourself. It is important to look after others but ultimately you need to make sure that you as an individual are in tip top shape. Enjoy!
2. Read a book
3. Go for a walk
4. Talk to someone
5. Write a blog post
6. Have a hot tea
7. Watch something funny
8. Have a shower
10.Paint your nails
11. Take a photo
12. Have a sleep
13. Go to bed
14. Write a letter to someone
15. Colouring in
16. Explore nature
17. Read inspiration quotes
18. Write an action plan to a problem
19. Burn a candle
20. Have a cuddle
21. Treat yourself
22. Learn something new
23. Stretch your body
25. Stroke an animal
26. Drink a glass of water
27. Sort out your emails
28. Sell something on ebay
29. Sort out your drawers
31.spend an hour alone
32. Go to a coffee shop
33. Visit a art gallery
34. Choose to have a good day
35. Be spontanous
36. Listen to a meditation
38. Forgive yourself
39. Get a massage
40. Get a haircut
41. Make a playlist of your favourite tracks
42. Look at cat gifs on the internet
43. Create a mood board
44. Do nothing
45. Practice breathing
46. Binge watch a box set
47. Watch a film
48. Browse pinterest for inspiration
49. Squeeze a stress ball
50. Snuggle under a throw
Cheers for reading X