Do you ever feel like the term “hot mess” was coined just for you? Or maybe you are constantly "flying by the seat of your pants" – rushing out the door 20 minutes late, spilling coffee on yourself, digging through your cluttered purse, and collecting parking tickets because you're in too much of a rush to fix your parking job. Perhaps after this crazy, whirlwind kind of day, you have trouble sleeping because you’re already mentally creating tomorrow’s to-do list. If you’re someone living in this vicious cycle of bad habits, you will eventually crash.
Building healthy routines into your day can truly save you from this stressful lifestyle. Creating a daily routine can make you more efficient, reduce your need to plan, create structure in your life, and help you learn to prioritize and save time. It can also build your self-confidence, boost your momentum, and help you track your success.
Just like brushing our teeth every morning, adhering to a routine allows us to foster habits that match our goals and aspirations. While our routine helps us develop good habits that are in line with exploiting our full potential, it also helps to eradicate bad habits that do not serve us well.
Sticking to a routine can literally change your life. You will find adding the smallest bit of structure with healthy habits and routines can result in increased energy levels, improved health, and better quality sleep.
This doesn’t have to happen all at once either. Start small. Start by creating one simple routine in the morning like a morning stretch, meditation, or even something as simple as brushing your teeth. Try to stick to that for one week, and then slowly incorporate more structure into your morning routine. As you start to feel like your morning routine is second nature, begin creating midday and evening routines.
Your routines should be moments of your day that you enjoy. If you miss parts of your routine, don’t get mad at yourself. Allow yourself space freedom to try again the next day, as each day is a new and beautiful fresh start! Also, don’t forget to celebrate your success. Habits start to become ingrained when they’re associated with a delightful follow-up emotion. It doesn’t matter whether this emotion is pre-built into the habit or you create it for yourself. As soon as you complete a healthy habit, even a small one, you should immediately celebrate your success. Then, the next time you’re thinking about starting your morning ritual, you’ll remember the feeling of happiness associated with that habit.
We hope that the power of routines can help transform your life, your health, and your well-being as much as it has our Rivvly family.