It's Monday 7am and you’ve just woken up. You need to be at work at 8am and you have 15 minutes to shower, dress, have breakfast and make your way to work through the gridlock traffic while your phone is constantly bleeping at you as emails and messages pour in. Ok, I’m going to stop now - it’s making me feel stressed just writing this!
This is an all-too-common scenario for many people.
That feeling of treading water and never quite getting on top of things because you are constantly being bombarded with and finding more ‘stuff to do’. It’s not exactly an enjoyable way to launch into the week, particularly if each day plays out in a similar fashion - groundhog-day style.
When you go about your days in a state of chaos, everything can seem overwhelming.
You may become reactive and blow things out of proportion, getting emotionally wound up at the slightest events that usually wouldn’t bother you. Your energy levels may fluctuate, causing you to lean on stimulants like coffee and sugar just to get you through each day. Over time, protracted periods of stress can start to take a toll on your physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. Getting swept up in this sea of chaos, where you are just managing to stay afloat, is not a healthy way to live.
Implementing supportive routines and strategies in your day to day life can make a big difference to how your days roll out.
Having routines in place provides you with useful structures that help you to function in the world more effectively so you are not wasting your precious energy on things that don’t warrant it. Routines create order in your life, and when applied in a flexible manner they can give you a sense of freedom - freedom from constantly trying to catch up with yourself.
Time to get back in the driver’s seat and take control of the vehicle!
Think of a routine as something akin to the foundations and frame of a house.
Routines are the basic structure upon which the rest of the house is built. As your day unfolds you may add a window or door here, take another down there etc. The base and the structure is there and you are free to add or subtract various elements as you go.
Life is a dance to be danced: one day you may be swinging your hips with wild, unbridled abandon; the next you are marching in a militant fashion in a straight line.
Whatever the day requires, if you prepare the ground well you can better respond to situations as they arise, rather than react to everything that happens.
Keeping your routines flexible is important so you don’t become too fixated on things having to happen in a certain way, as this will surely extinguish the flame of spontaneity and creative expression in your life leading to rigidity in body, mind and spirit.
There will come times when you need to recreate your routines and dismantle old structures that you may have put in place if they are no longer serving you and have outlived their usefulness.
This is a healthy and necessary process whereby you create space for new experiences and remain flexible and adaptable to the changing tides of your life.
Keep in mind that you and only you can make the necessary changes that will enable your life to run more smoothly. Breaking yourself out of a stress-rut through the implementation of daily routines that are in alignment with your highest aspirations is a step in the right direction.
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