The Benefits of Routine in Stress Management

The Benefits of Routine in Stress Management

Life does not always go the way one plans and when it does there are inevitable detours, twists, and turns that can sometimes make us feel off-kilter and out of sorts. That feeling tends to create anxiety that is sometimes accompanied by uncertainty. That uncertainty has the potential to lead to fear, kicking off a cycle of anxiety and stress. Now, mindfulness and awareness and a stress management program can assist us with understanding and channeling that nervous energy which is usually an indication that our stress response has been activated. 

Our stress response does not have to be a bad thing. Remember, our stress response is there to help us get through these challenging times. It is there for a reason. We can use it to get us to the next level. However, sometimes when you are in the middle of it, understanding that and doing what is needed can be hard to put together. 

With consistency and reps and routine you're going to achieve
your goals and get where you want to be. - Mandy Rose

Adding a routine or adjusting our routine can help with reducing stress and help us manage life events a little better. Researchers have found that routine can not only be beneficial in stress management but also help with improving sleep habits, healthier eating, and increased happiness. It also helps to ground us and keep our minds tethered to reality and things we can actually do to impact our lives. Routine provides me with a comfort and sense of accomplishment which helps positively shift my mind frame. 


There are a couple of simple steps that we can do first to recognize what we need and do something that will get us going in the right direction.. 


  1. Pay attention. Pay attention to your mood, your mind, and your attitude. Just pay attention to yourself. There are many ways that you can do this. You can journal on a regular basis. You can start your day off with regular meditation. You can start your day off with an introspective question. Knowing your baseline and paying attention to when your attitude and emotions shift is a very important step in taking care of yourself and starting your mindfulness journey. 

  2. Start a small routine or update your routine. I know it seems like I am saying opposite things. If you do not have a routine then start a small one. Pick something small that will have an impact on whatever the issue is that you are going through. It does not have to fix the entire problem. Let’s face it, you will not fix the entire problem but you will give yourself a small level of control. If you already have a routine or multiple routines established then make an adjustment because something in it is not working for you at this time. Making that small adjustment shifts your focus on what really needs addressing. 

  3. Re-assess, adjust and keep going. Sometimes when we start doing something different, we do not go back and look at how it is working for us. Do we need to make small adjustments? Are we on the right path? Are we getting results? Assess our situation, your mood, and how you are progressing. Do not fall into the trap of ignoring yourself and remember not to give up on your journey forward. 



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