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Mental wellbeing: Why a routine is great for your mind
Friday, 31 July · 2 min read

The idea of sticking to a daily routine may seem restrictive to some people, but having structure to your day can greatly improve your wellbeing.

This is because routines help you manage your time better, making you more efficient. They also help you plan and make better choices, because you won’t be making them in a rush.

As a result, you're more likely to sleep and eat better, stress less about not getting things done and exercise more. All of these factors play a big role in your mental health.

And a routine doesn’t have to be boring or completely fixed. It just needs to add some element of order to your life, to help you manage better.

If you don’t keep to a schedule at the moment, why not try some of the following tips and see if they make a difference:

  • go to sleep and wake up at the same time every day — including weekends
  • make time to prepare for your day the night before
  • define your working hours and stick to them
  • schedule and plan your meals
  • set times to exercise — this can be on certain days of the week
  • decide when you'll do paperwork or household chores, such as cleaning or laundry
  • set a time or day to do things you enjoy
Quote of the day

It is not stress that kills us, it is our reaction to it.

Hans Selye, endocrinologist

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