You may be thinking that routines are boring. You might also be thinking that repeating the same old thing, day in, day out, is a sure way to drive yourself crazy, or to spiral yourself further into feeling less than enthusiastic about your life or your situation.
When you discover that routine is a building block for the new “you”, it takes on a whole new energy and meaning.
I know when I’m in overwhelm, my habitual mode is to do nothing. Everything seems way too hard so it’s easier to shelve ideas, hide and become inert. Not helpful for moving forward.
What I do find helpful in getting me back on track, is my daily routine – my daily reset button for forward momentum which helps to keep me moving toward my visions and goals.
Here’s 5 simple routines you can easily implement at the beginning of each day to press reset. You can have a routine of one, two or more actions in a sequence. Whatever appeals to you:
- Breathe – three deliberate or mindful breaths on waking, before you get up. Take a deep breath in through your nose, and breathe out slowly through your mouth, repeat three times.
- Cuppa – we all need to rehydrate first thing in the morning. So, you can really make a ritual out of this small daily habit – the way you brew your tea, the cup you use, perhaps you have a spoon that’s just right. You may already be doing this, be it a cup of tea or coffee, a herbal tea, lemon in water, a smoothie or a green juice – turn this into your daily routine.
- Daily intention – I like to write my daily intention at the top of my diary each morning. It helps to focus me for what I want to achieve that day. It can be simple, like – “today I will be flexible to change if needed”, or “Thank you for every opportunity to learn, love and grow today”. It’s the act of writing that makes it a powerful start to your day.
- Journal – a very personal routine, and one that not everyone is drawn to. If you’re put off by the thought of journalling, pick up a motivational book and read a page or two to being your day. Or sit quietly outside, or perhaps a sunny spot near a window where you can see the garden while you drink your morning cuppa.
- Organise your diary/day -take 5 minutes to get organised for the day. I’m a big one for scheduling and making lists. Just the act of writing them in your diary can help. Also, being in overwhelm can cause brain fog, so organising your diary first thing can make sure you remember to do things. Tip – if you’re quite overwhelmed, don’t make your lists too long, you’ll only overwhelm yourself even more! Stick to your top 2 or 3 priority tasks.
Routines make us feel safe and give us certainty – we know exactly what’s coming next. When we’ve built up certainty, we have so much more resilience to cope with the uncertain things that crop up.
Build yourself a daily routine and feel the difference.
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With your health in mind,
Catherine McCoy is an Integrative Naturopath, Health Coach, Writer and Presenter who is the founder of the iNaturally Clinic in Canberra. Catherine helps busy women from all walks of life who are experiencing anxiety and overwhelm to get their health back on track and to Rebuild Their Life. Contact Catherine for more information.