During times of uncertainty, the best thing you can do is follow a routine. Why? Because having a routine in place, makes our minds feel secure and safe. We are just programmed this way.
If you are finding that your sleep is not as deep or restful as it used to be, try going to bed at the same time and wake up at the same time. This is really key! Sleep experts agree that you must implement a strict sleep/wake rhythm.
Watch an informative TED talk by Matt Walker, sleep scientist “Sleep is your superpower”. Mr. Walker says that “regularity is king – it will improve the quality of and quantity of sleep.” That means go to sleep at the same time, and wake up at the same time, every day!
Create and follow a routine throughout the day as well. What can you do daily when you first wake up, after you’ve had your breakfast, before and after lunch, in the afternoon and before bedtime?
When you consistently follow a routine, you will feel less anxiety, worries and stress, because your mind will know what to expect next. Here are some ideas from my own routine you can try:
6:30 Wake up
7:00 Meditation/ Journaling/ Reading a book
7:30 Walk in the garden/ Sun Salutations/ any kind of movement
8:00 Make a healthy breakfast
9:00 Work on my business, write, update my website/social media page
11:00 Movement: HIIT workout YouTube video or yoga session
12:30 Make a healthy lunch
14:30 Social media time
15:00 Family learning time/family games
16:00 Prep a healthy dinner
17:00 Walk outdoors
19:00 Healthy dinner with family
20:00 Phone and computer screens off, watch movie
21:00 Start bedtime routine – shower, reading, meditation, journaling, relaxation
Once you have your current routine of waking up, eating, exercising, working and going to bed figured out, the next step is to see how you can improve this routine with some solid winning habits that are going to make you value yourself more.
Questions to ponder:
1. Is your current routine helping or hurting your wellbeing?
2. How can you improve your daily routine so you can feel proud of yourself?
3. What 3 things can you do every morning that will help you feel more self-value?
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