These past few months have definitely been a lot to process. Our worlds were flipped upside down almost immediately, and we were left trying to navigate this new reality. A lot of us have probably found ourselves spending more time at home, maybe lacking our former routine or order, and a little unsure where we should go from here.
Before we get too far, let’s start with the basics, shall we? Right now, things are so unlike anything we’ve ever seen before, so we need to forgive ourselves if we’re not keeping up with our former routines. In fact, overall this probably isn’t really the time that we should be basing our worth or value on how much we’re accomplishing throughout the day. Instead, what we need to do is to focus on really zoning in on our needs – the things that build up our mental, spiritual, and physical health.
However, with that said, if you’ve been finding yourself struggling with a lack of purpose or feeling unaccomplished throughout the day, then you may find that incorporating a few little routines throughout your day might be pretty beneficial. These routines are not designed to completely transform your day – they’re more so just a framework of little things to work towards to help you feel accomplished and purposeful throughout your day. Take them, make them your own, and find what works for you.
5 Areas Where You Can Create a Routine
1. Make Your Bed & Open Your Blinds
Finding a way to create purpose from the very start can completely change your outlook on your day. Make it your routine to make your bed and open the blinds immediately after you wake up. Don’t concern yourself with feeling like you need to perfectly arrange 17 throw pillows and have perfectly tucked corners – just pull up your sheets and duvet, open the blinds, and go about your day feeling accomplished.
2. Have a Mindful Morning
This may not be a time when you need a super refined and structured morning routine like the beauty gurus used to show, but you may find it beneficial to have a bit of structure in your morning. This really just means going about your morning mindfully and intentionally – this could look as simple as reading while you drink your coffee, or eating your breakfast outside. Just try to be aware of what you’re doing.
3. Move Your Body
You don’t need to spend this time trying to change your body in every which way, however, there are a lot of benefits of moving your body throughout the day. Whether it’s what time you take your dog for a walk, or where you practice yoga, see if there are areas in your day that you can create a little routine around moving your body.
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4. Unwind at the End of the Day
If you’ve found yourself struggling to relax at the end of the day, or struggling to fall asleep at night, see if you can create a calming routine to help you unwind. This may look like limiting or eliminating screens in your bedroom, swopping caffeine for decaf options in the afternoon, or softening the lights in your house with fairy lights or candles.
5. Establish a Bedtime
For a lot of us, our sleeping schedule may feel a little wonky right now. While staying up late isn’t necessarily a bad thing, establishing a routine around when you go to bed may help your body get better quality sleep when you do go to bed. Whether it’s 10 pm or 1 am, try to find a time that you can aim to go to bed every night.