One of the first questions I ask my client’s during their initial intake is if they have a healthy routine set in place. I would say about 7 out of 10 times, the answer would be NO. Most client’s report a lack of motivation, feeling overwhelmed, or just not knowing where to begin in creating one. First, I feel that it is important to know that establishing a routine is a way to promote health and wellness through structure and organization, according to NM.org and second, studies show that a routine can greatly improve your health overall. Their research further shows that individuals that do not have a routine often suffer from:
-Poor Physical Condition
-Ineffective use of time
Below are 8 tips from the Naya Clinic for creating a Healthy Routine:
- Test your new routine for a period, of time to see how it is working for you. Be flexible and don’t forget to modify what is not working.
- Don’t set yourself up for failure by doing too much. Be realistic—do not expect to accomplish everything in order, to be successful. A routine is meant to act as a guide for your day.
- Having a routine isn’t about filling every hour of your day with tasks or errands. Sustain some spontaneity, add mental breaks or self-care activities to rejuvenate your energy, and find moments to be grateful for.
- If tasks seem overwhelming, break them down into smaller, manageable tasks or goals to get your momentum going.
- Establish and maintain healthy boundaries by having a limit to your routine or the number of tasks. Just as it is possible to be overwhelmed by a lack of schedule or routine, you could overwhelm yourself with too many tasks; find your perfect balance between the two.
- You can use a daily planner, app on your phone, or notepad to keep track of tasks but figure out what works best for you.
- Goals are a great way to monitor your progress whether your goal is to do three new self-care activities a week, organize your room, or to meal prep for the week. You can even create three larger goals to accomplish for each week that are your top priorities.
- With time and consistency, healthy habits transition into healthy routines.
It is important to remember that everyone is unique; and creating a routine should be fun. Remember to celebrate yourself and remember that with time and consistency you will see the benefits not only physically but mentally.