New year, new you, right?
New year, better you.
I hate the saying “new year, new you” because it creates an unhealthy construct that everything we did the year prior was wrong or bad when it wasn’t. Without those prior years, we wouldn’t be the person we are today and that’s something to be grateful for because each year brings new lessons and new memories that shape our lives.
So how can you be a better you this year?
Start simple and small, with routine.
Having a good routine can make life a lot easier, especially for those with anxiety as it takes the stress out of having to think and plan the day.
There are many benefits to having a good routine, as it makes the day more efficient and structured, it reduces the need to plan and therefore reduces anxiety. It also promotes good habits leading to better mental health, reduces procrasination (most of the time), and reduces stress.
Routine promotes goal achieval, stability, and can provide a feeling of safety.
How do I get into a good routine?
Start slowly by implementing these tips into your day:
- Wake up at the same time every day- no matter when you go to sleep.
- Set in place a morning routine: wake up, coffee, shower, skincare etc.
- If you work 9-5, have lunch at the same time every day.
- Meditate or take a few minutes to yourself, to collect your thoughts and be able to focus on the tasks at hand.
- Have small goals you want to achieve each month (that are realistic) that add to a bigger goal.
- Take time on weekends for self-care and seeing people you love.
- Implement some kind of physical activity into your day (for those happy brain chemicals).
I hope these tips have helped, let me know in the comments what you do to keep a good routine.
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