You don’t have to wait for the new year to hit “reset”. Creating a supportive, daily routine you can stick to – one that takes your existing healthy habits and enhances them can happen at any time. Building a new routine means refreshing, revitalizing and renewing the person you are right now.
Developing a daily routine can be very beneficial for both your physical and mental health. It can help you feel more organized, productive, and in control of your day-to-day life. Here are our Do's and Don'ts to creating a supportive, daily routine that you can stick to:
Do start small: Choose a small, achievable goal to start with. This will help you build momentum and confidence as you work on forming your new habit.
Do make it a daily routine: Choose a specific time and place to perform your new habit every day. This will make it easier to remember and stick to your new habit.
Do track your progress: Use a habit tracker or journal to record your progress. Seeing your progress can be motivating and help you stay on track.
Do be consistent: It takes time and repetition to form a new habit, so be patient and consistent in your efforts.
Don't try to do too much at once: It's better to focus on establishing one new habit at a time, rather than trying to implement multiple new habits all at once.
Don't be too hard on yourself: It's normal to have setbacks when forming new habits. Don't be too hard on yourself if you slip up, just get back on track and keep working on it.
Don't do it alone: Enlist the help of a friend or accountability partner to help you stay on track and motivated.
Once you have established a routine, it's important to be flexible and adapt it as needed to meet your changing needs and circumstances. It's not about being rigid and holding onto your routine at all costs, but rather about finding a balance that works for you. If there are changes in your lifestyle, such as starting a new job or having a new baby, it may be necessary to make adjustments to your routine to accommodate these changes.
It can also be beneficial to make small, incremental changes to your routine from time to time, just to keep things fresh and see what works best for you. This can help you stay engaged and motivated, and it can also help you discover new habits or activities that may be beneficial to your well-being. Overall, the key is to find a routine that works for you and that you can stick to consistently, while being open to making adjustments and changes as needed.