Promoting healthy routines
Routines, especially positive ones, can reduce anxiety and stress, promote more sleep and energy, boost immune function, and improve mental and emotional wellness.
How do we promote healthy routines?
One thing we try to do (mostly successful, but not always) is start the day with a positive action. Something that sets the tone for the day.
So, when we wake up in the morning, after we’ve gotten out of bed, we don’t check our phone – be that emails, social media, news, etc. We likely didn’t miss much overnight. And if we did, we can check in on it 1 hr later and not likely miss anything. Instead, before we pick up our phone, we do some stretching, get some exercise, or reflect on what type of day we’d like. Visualizing a positive day makes it more likely we’ll actually have a positive day.
Our end of day routine is just as important – putting our mind and body at ease, to promote more restorative sleep. We don’t pick up our cell phone or computer at least 1 hour before bedtime. And we leave our phone out of the bedroom – eliminating sources of blue light and reducing EMF exposure while we’re sleeping. Not thinking about a work email, reading news, or scanning social media, keeps our minds in a more inactive state, helping us fall asleep faster and get better REM sleep.
How do you create positive routines for yourself?
What motivates you to keep those routines? If you start something new, and for whatever reason skip some days, don’t be too hard on yourself. Every day will bring new challenges. We don’t have to be perfect. We just need to keep trying to do the best we can.