How Everyday Routines Can Relieve Stress
Updated: Feb 22
We all have our daily routines that help us get through the day. For some of us, it's making the perfect cup of tea in the morning or taking a relaxing bath at night. Whatever it is, there's no denying that routines can provide a sense of comfort and normalcy in our lives. However, did you know that routines can also help relieve stress?
Routines help us feel in control.
These days it feels like we're just along for the ride and not in control of anything. Whether it's the never-ending news cycle or the constant stream of social media, it can seem like the world is spinning out of control. One way to combat this feeling is to create routines in our lives. When we have an established schedule, it gives us a sense of control and helps to reduce stress and anxiety. Of course, that's not to say that life will always be smooth sailing; but when we have routines to fall back on, it gives us the stability we need to weather any storm.
Routines help us focus on what's important.
When everything feels like it's going wrong, we tend to only focus on the negative and can't see anything else. That's where routines come in. When we have routines, it helps us to focus on what's important. It allows us to take a step back and see the bigger picture, which in turn helps to reduce stress and anxiety. So, when you're feeling overwhelmed, don't forget that your routine can be your best friend. It will help you get perspective and reduce stress in the long run.
Routines help us develop good habits.
Good habits help us feel more confident and capable. When we have a set routine and we know what to expect; it helps us feel more in control of our lives. When we feel like we're in control, it's amazing how much better we feel overall. Develop some good habits and add them into your daily routine. Trust me, your future self will thank you for it!
"If it works for me then let it be!" -Nancy B. Urbach
There's no denying that routines can be helpful in reducing stress in our lives, but they can also be hard to stick to sometimes. If you're looking to start a routine or improve your existing one, don't be too hard on yourself. Just remember to take it one day at a time and focus on what's important. After all, the best routines are the ones that we stick to, not the ones that we force ourselves to maintain. If you find yourself struggling, start with one task till you get it added successfully. You'll be glad you did!