All over you’ll find blog posts, instagram graphics, pins, the whole works giving you ideas for things to add to your self-care routine.
But why do you need a self-care routine?
Well, because having routine can be a form of self-care.
For the sake of this post, I’m not just talking about “self-care routines”, I’m talking about any routine. Because different routines have different benefits that ultimately help your wellness. Here’s all the things having routine can do:
Eliminate decision fatigue.
If you have routines built into your day, that’s at least one less decision you have to make. And I truly believe that our brains putter out after a while and just don’t have the power to make one more decision. Have you ever had someone ask you where you want to go for supper and you tell them you just don’t care? That might be because of decision fatigue – you just don’t have the brain juice to make that decision.
But you can free up brain power by eliminating other decisions by putting them into a routine, which just makes them automatic.
Routines are something that we do on a regular basis. Regularity = a sense of stability. Stability often equates to a feeling of safety. What’s not to love?
Create a sense of accomplishment.
Especially if you’re still at home during the pandemic, having a routine built into your daily life can provide you with a sense of accomplishment, even over seemingly small things. Maybe getting dressed is your daily routine – that might be enough to make you feel like you did something today! And if you can fuel that sense of accomplishment each day with your routine, that will help you feel more and more ready to accomplish further things.
You might build a routine that helps organize your stuff, your time, or transition periods. Organization can eliminate stress. I like to use this example: Imagine every morning you wake up and feel rushed trying to get ready for the day – you don’t know what to wear, you can’t find your car keys, your bag isn’t packed, and you can’t figure out what to have for breakfast. Having an evening routine of prepping out all that morning stuff can eliminate the stress of running around like a crazy person in the morning.
Prepare you for a certain activity.
Routines are a great tool for getting you into a certain mindset or activity. For example, I use my morning routine to transition from waking up to getting to work. Routines can be used to create a sense of calm, get you feeling productive, slow down your mind for bedtime, or whatever your imagination can think of.
In the first month of the Self-Care Community membership group, we talked about how creating routine is self-care and we learned how to make a routine that would optimize our wellness. Want to join? Subscribe to the email list.
You can certainly try to go through life without routine-building, but routines are great for simplifying, organizing, or creating ease in your day. And more likely than not, you already have a routine somewhere in your day, whether you made it purposely or not.
What do your routines look like?
Enjoy the journey,