Welcome to day two of #SelfCareSeptember, today’s self care tip is one that is very close to my heart… Routines!
There are few things I love more than a good to-do list… Ok that makes me sound really boring but I get a great sense of security from having an idea of how my day, week, month or even my year (definitely read that in tune to the Friends theme). Being able to break things down into bite sized chunks can make even the most daunting task feel really achievable. When I was an inpatient, the program was broken down into ‘Pathways to recovery’ that made the recovery journey seem achievable and it was really rewarding to be able to tick off the different stages and progress towards discharge, granted it was somewhat frustrating when your view of where you should progress differed to what the MDT felt was appropriate at that time (being ‘demoted’ to bedrest instead of moving up to the pathway I wanted springs to mind!).
Of course, being able to show some flexibility with routines is also a beneficial skill to practice and learn to manage. It can be difficult when routines become unbreakable and at this point they can cause more stress than benefit!
My top tips for the best routines
- Start with small changes, you won’t be able to create a perfect routine from the outset, so be prepared for some trial and error
- Try and be as flexible as possible- it’s ok to change a routine!
- Planning helps routines so get yourself a diary or a notebook and start getting organised
- My headteacher in secondary school gave me a brilliant to-do list tip… add into the list one or two things that you’ve already done/almost finished, that way you have something to tick off immediately which helps boost productivity and mood!
What routines do you find most helpful for your wellbeing? Let me know by tagging and tweeting #SelfCareSeptember.