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One Secret to Better Mental Health: Routine

By Emily Lindholm

Some people thrive on routine, others say they hate routine.  Not everything has to be mundane, but a daily routine can be super beneficial to your mental health.  A routine creates rhythm in your day, and our bodies are designed to flow with a daily rhythm.  Our bodies are intelligent organisms.  When your body knows what to expect, such as waking up and going to bed at the same time every day, that routine helps it know what to do.  When it's time for bed, the body is prepared for it.  If there is no routine in your day, the body is trying to keep up with whatever is thrown its way.  

This isn't to say that every day has to be the same.  It's also not to say that taking vacations where your routines are thrown off is necessarily a bad thing.  Nope.  Take those vacations! Yet, in a normal week, there are several benefits to having routines throughout the day that can be very helpful for your mental health.  Here are some.

Feeling Anchored

A routine can anchor you and help you feel more grounded.  Life is full of uncertainty, but when we're feeling anchored and grounded, it makes the uncertainties that come our way much easier to handle.

Reducing Stress

Most of us have a lot going on and many things to remember each day.  Think of your daily routines as the architecture that holds each day together.  You'll feel more organized and less scattered, less likely to forget things, and your time will be managed better so that you can fit in the things you like.  

Doing Things We Like

To piggyback off of that last sentence, having a routine helps us leave room for the things we like!  How often do you tell yourself that you don't have time?  Most of the time, that's not true.  If it's important to you, then you can make time.  It's all about prioritizing and fitting it in.  This is much easier to do when your day is laid out and routines are set.

What Does Your Routine Look Like?

Think about what you want the rhythm of your day to look like.  Make your routines realistic and enjoyable.  How does your ideal morning look?  What would you like to have accomplished by the end of the day that would help you wind down before bed at night? Where can you fit in things you enjoy?  Think about how to build routines into your day that will work for you and for your lifestyle.  It may take practice, but with some consistency, you are bound to find more enjoyment in your life, and you may find that you have more time!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Carlsbad, Calif.  

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