Creating a daily routine can help support good mental health and allow you time to focus on all aspects of your life including work, physical, and mental.

Balance is the foundation to good mental health.

Here are ways that you can start building a routine that supports good mental health

  • Set a time to wake-up (and stick to it). As great as what sleeping in could feel, it may not actually be a great start to the day. Waking up (and getting up) to your alarm each morning allows you enough time to get your day started so that you can start it on time and less stressed.
  • Hydrate before you caffeinate. Your body dehydrates while sleeping so reaching for a glass of water first thing in the morning can hydrate your body as well as aid in digestion and its metabolism.
  • Have a healthy breakfast. Breakfast can set the tone for your day. If you eat a nutritious meal in the morning it can fill your body with the right energy to tackle the day.
  • Exercise. A little bit of daily exercise is a great way to take care of your mental wellbeing. Exercise stimulates chemicals that improve your mood and the parts of the brain that are responsible for learning and memory.
  • Schedule in some “me” time. Use this time to do anything you like, GUILT FREE. It could be a yoga session, reading a book, or journalling.
  • Get adequate sleep. You will always feel great when you are well rested. Sufficient sleep can help regulate your mood and lower stress. Getting enough sleep also means that you are less likely to rely on caffeine during the day to keep you awake or focused. Stick to the same bed time each night to help get your body into a routine.
  • Have fun! When building a routine for yourself, make sure you to set out time for the things in life that you enjoy.
  • Make time for loved ones. Make time for the ones that matter in your life. Perhaps a date night with your spouse, or a video call with a loved one that may not live in the same city as you do.

It takes 21 one days to make a new habit, so forgiveness is key when it comes to adding these new routines into your schedule. It may take you time to get into the habit of your new routine and you may find that you are unable to stick to your routine exactly, and that’s okay.

Tyla van Til

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