Inventing your 2021 Routine

POSSIBLE TRIGGER WARNINGS: the term “pandemic”, stress and anxiety.

Routine is so important! Everyone had their lives turned upside down by the pandemic in 2020. Jobs, schools, and social norms have been altered. However, one thing still in your control is routine. Life is about expecting the unexpected. Therefore, it is easy to put everything in the "out of my control" category. Thankfully, that is not the case.

Mental health takes work. For us, having a schedule helps us be productive and reduces anxiety. That being said, a schedule will not eliminate anxiety, but it can help provide a sense of control for your mind.

Control creates stability for your mind. It could be a simple routine of waking up at the same time every morning or brushing your teeth with your favorite toothbrush. A routine doesn’t need to be complicated, it just needs to work for you.

Tips for finding your routine:

Organize priorities

To Do lists on paper or apps on a device help you determine the have-toos and the want-toos. Find a system that works for you and set your priorities. Working, completing schoolwork, and paying bills are an easy top 3 depending on due dates. Lay out a calendar online or a written version mapping your milestones. If you have a bill due on May 1st and it is April 30th, then that deserves a number one spot. At work, if your boss gives you a deadline for the end of the day and you have other tasks due the next day, what do you think you should do?

Take time for self care

Doing things you enjoy and reducing your stress matters! It is easy to get in the have-too mindset and forget that you deserve to be happy and calm. Set aside time at the end of the day for something you like. Reward yourself with a movie or a snack that makes you happy and gives you a sense of a job well done. Positive reinforcement not only will brighten your mind, but solidify good self care habits.

Remember: after 5:00pm, it can wait until tomorrow.

Have a space for yourself

Whether it is a desk or a yoga mat, have a place for you. Customize it with things you enjoy, hobby materials, or photos. If you are working in a small space, create something that can be put away. You could have a box of items like fidget toys or even organize your pillows in bed to make a safe place. Earplugs or noise-canceling headphones can be helpful to drown out the world and find inner peace.

Explore apps

Technology provides a lot of choices for fun. For us, Pinterest is enjoyable. Searching for pictures that represent peace or calm. We have even found fun tips for self care on there. You can use an online vision board or a mind map. There are many productivity apps that help you plan your day. Why not use those to plan your down time too?

During this time, learn yourself and what follows your bliss. Even though this is a stressful time for the world, you can still find time to appreciate yourself, take care of yourself, and get stuff done.

A healthy mind is a valuable asset, so take care, be safe and remember..You got this!

Check out our printable templates to help plan your day HERE

(Disclaimer: we are not medical professionals. The conclusion in this article is based on our personal experiences, diagnosis, and knowledge of mental health.)

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