Keeping a Routine During Stress
Some people love to have their life planned out and keep their daily routines while others do not even like to have a schedule. When times become stressful, keeping a routine can be something that helps you to stay in control of your life.
A routine can help you anytime and can help you to have better habits. But, when life is harder and when you are not sure what to do, having a routine is especially helpful.
Times such as now, when the COVID-19 is happening, life and normal routines are hard, and it can sometimes be hard to feel like we can handle the stress in life.
People are either working from home or many are facing unemployment. The ones that are working at home might feel that they are isolated, and they find that having a normal schedule can be hard.
When people are missing structure, they can increase their feelings of stress and anxiety and have a hard time concentration on what they are doing.
Not having a structure can make people feel that they are upset, and it can cause them to spend too much time thinking of the problems that they have. Without something to focus on, people will look at the situations in their life and the ones that are stressful will bring about more stress in their life.
The best way to stop this from continuing is to find a way to make a routine.
Routines are very important and can help you to have overall good mental health. Having a good daily routine can help you to:
- Have less stress.
- Create healthy habits.
- Take care of your health.
- Help you to be more productive in what you are doing.
- Stay focused.
Keeping up with the tasks that you have in your day can give you time to create healthy behaviors such as exercising, going outside, spending time with your family and having fun hobbies.
Here are some things you can do to keep a routine:
Make sure that you are in control of your situations. When you are doing what you should do, you can feel in control of your life. Being in a routine can help you to have time for healthier meals, good sleep, and fun activities.
The best way to make a routine is to try to figure out what kind of structure that you need for your day. Your schedule might change depending on the day of the week, but when you are able to keep a certain structure such as when to wake up, what time to start working and when to go to bed, you will be less stressed and more organized in your life.
Having a good routine will help you to be able to do your tasks and get your work done and leave you time to have fun and to do things that you want to do.
Once you feel more organized, chances are you will feel that you are more in control of your life.
There are things that you can add to your routine to help you manage stress such as:
- Sleeping well.
- Eating healthy meals.
- Setting realistic goals.
- Being positive.
- Allowing yourself room for things you cannot control.
- Doing activities that you like to do.
The situations that you are dealing with in your life can make it hard for you to stay on a regular routine. COVID-19, for example, might make you have to stay at home with no real schedule and so it is most important during these times that you are able to fill up your schedule and not waste your time on unhealthy behaviors.
One way to keep a routine is to make a list of things that you do in your day. Include everything that you do such as meal prep, cooking, cleaning, chores, job, taking care of children, sleeping, and waking up and whatever else you do in your day. Doing this can help you to stay on track in your life.
Stress can make your life hard and when you are concentrating on stress, it might be harder for you to complete your activities.
Make sure that you get the important things done but also make sure that you have enough time to do things that you like to do such as watching your favorite show on television or going out with a friend. Make sure that you include rewards that will help you to stay focused on your work and help you not to miss out on fun things.
Make it Work
Having structure in your life can help you to block out periods of time so that you can get your work done and have fun. Some people will make a list of their chores while others will make a list of things that they need to get done in a certain order.
Figure out what approach is best for you and figure out what kind of motivation that you have. What has to get done today, specifically, and what has to get done over a period of time? Scheduling and making a routine can make sure that you get things done that needs to be completed.
Making a specific schedule of high priority tasks can help you know that you will get these things done and will give you time to focus on fun things in your life and to use your time effectively.
Schedule things in your life that make you feel motivated because having a lack of motivation can cause you to procrastinate and not get anything done.
When you know that tasks need to be completed at a certain time, the schedule can help you to get these things completed and make you not want to keep putting them off.
Time and Practice
Begin a new routine but be patient with yourself. Making a routine is like starting a new habit. If you are able to make a routine, then you will be able to make your schedule work for you so that you can complete your work and have time for your needs.
Make sure you pay attention to how you feel and when you are the most productive. Put the hardest tasks to get done on your schedule for that time of the day. If there is a certain time of the day that you feel tired and unmotivated, take time to put a break in your schedule so you can have a mental break.
When you find that you are in a place where you feel completely unmotivated, take a break, eat something, go for a walk, or take time to concentrate on your hobby.
Having structure in your life can help you get more done and give you more periods of rest and fun. Even if your plans do not work out as you hoped that they would, know that there is always tomorrow and do not allow yourself to have extra stress. It is not easy to have a new routine or to have structure so give yourself a chance and time to practice this.
Having a routine is very important but be kind to yourself. If you have to be flexible, do not get mad at yourself. Everyone deals with stress in a different way and having a good routine can help to get rid of some of the stress and allow you to focus on what is important. Even when times are hard, having a routine can help you to have less stress and more peace in your life.