Welcome back, everyone! Routines are super important, especially if your mental health is not at its best. They can help reinforce a sense of stability in a world full of chaos and get you back on your feet. This is a major reason why the start of new semesters, jobs, or being in a new place can worsen a lot of people’s mental health. Not having a routine can be detrimental, but there are some ways to create one for yourself in times like these.
The best way to create a sense of balance when your world feels lopsided is to keep a planner. It may sound silly, especially if you’re not the type to normally keep one, but they can be extremely helpful. If you’re a paper and pen kind of a person, then a more traditional planner is probably right for you. Keep track of what you have to do each day, where you’re going, and in the most pressing order. This helps keep your mind focused and de-stressed since you have all of your goals laid out in front of you. It can reduce the spiral that so often comes from the feeling of being overwhelmed since you have a plan of action in front of you.
If you operate better off of technology, you can apply those same principles there. Keep a planner on your phone or use an electronic calendar that can send you reminders and updates when you need them! This is really useful if you have access to a calendar or planner on your phone so you have it with you for the majority of your day in case you start to panic when you feel that stability slip away.
Another great way to establish a routine is to do the same things every day. Before you have an ironed-out schedule in the midst of change, try to do certain tasks at the same time each day to help ground you. This can be a morning routine that you follow each day, eating at the same time, or going to the gym at a certain point in your day. These little routines will help you feel more grounded until your larger schedule stops feeling so foreign to you.
All in all, change is scary, but there are ways to fight that fear. Try to keep track of your tasks to give yourself a game plan either on paper or electronically. Establish task-oriented routines that you do each day to create that stability before you get a handle on your new schedules. Don’t panic when something new comes your way, plan for it and adjust so that you can be the best you possible! See everyone next week!