‘A routine reboot will anchor your health’
The true secret to wellness is – ROUTINE as it is our anchor to health. No matter what’s going on in our day, a routine can be a real comfort. The certainty of our routine helps us manage the uncertainty that life can throw up. Coping with unpredictable periods of time can feel more doable when we have a little structure in place to look to. Especially with our fitness and food routine. This type of scheduling in our life ensures we have time for our health because it is the most important. As a working Mum this was my biggest fall out -it was my trigger in an emotional roller coaster and was hindering my health and relationships. Once this was sorted I found phenomenal amounts of time and energy to really live a healthy life.
Reasons for a Routine Reboot plus my b.tips
- Reduces Stress
Having a daily routine is proven to reduce stress. As trying to remember everyday things can be extremely stressful. We tend to fill our brains up with our ‘to do’ list; which can be incredibly overwhelming and repeating on a loop in our mind. When we have a routine, our day to day slot in, and we don’t have to think about them anymore.
Write your to do list everyday and tick them off when it is done. Place the list in a visible place for the family to see including family or kid to do.
2. Improved Health
By having a firm routine, it makes life a little more predictable with daily schedules and regular routines it help keep our body clock running smoothly. Research shows that disrupted body clocks are associated with many physical and mental health conditions, including depression, diabetes, obesity and cancers. This is especially pertinent when helping your body clock stay on track during major life disruptions – such as the COVID 19 pandemic to maintain positive physical and mental health. A routine will ensure you are still feeling productive and fulfilled in your daily routine.
Start your morning cardio (walk, run, skip, bike) only 30 minutes before breakfast.
3. Improves Sleep
Sleep is important for our mental health because going to bed and waking up at a similar time most days allows our body gets used to our sleep and wake cycle. This means that by having a sleep routine especially we build in some time to wind down before nod off.
Try journalling your thoughts before bed and create your to goals list for the day ahead to really get motivated.
4. Improves Motivation
Creating a routine allows us to build in time for our passions and purpose. This improves our motivation for life. We then can include time to rest, relax, and have fun. There are always going to be days when something overruns, a job takes three times as long as we expect it to take, or someone pops in unexpectedly. But structuring our time to include some downtime increases the likelihood that we’ll manage to have that time most days to fulfil our wants and needs.
5. Ease in Food Lifestyle (diet)
When we are time poor or unorganised it is hard to make healthy food choices. It’s important that we keep things as balanced as possible and nourishing our body is more important than any other task. A routine will ensure this occurs because it allows time for purchasing, planning, cooking, eating, and cleaning up afterwards. By having a routine the food is already thought and planned elevating any issue of ‘what’s for dinner?’
See the importance of healthly pantry for more routine ideas.
6. Motivated to Exercise
Having an exercise routine or training will ensure you stay motivated, mobile and aligned. We need to go to work healthy in order to get paid. Our mobility or health will affect this possibility so it is the key to being on track and staying well. One of the big barriers is time; we are all busy and we all need to prioritise moving our bodies for our health. The key is quality over quantity. The most important is work out which days you will exercise – 3 times weekly for strength is key and 30 minute cardio walk should be daily. Add in stretching your body and fun fitness activities outdoors to really create a balanced body routine.
Routine can be helpful when it comes to managing our mental health. Routines are especially helpful in family life and not ever harmful to set children up early. Our life changes, so too our routine and they can be a great thing to build on and develop over time.