Stress is bad for you. Doctors and lifestyle experts all agree that living life without a plan or routine can lead to pressure and anxiety. A routine helps you put your life in order and you’ll retain some semblance of control over your daily objectives.
Start with the essentials
Whether you work, have children, or study, a routine should help you organise a realistic work/life balance. Sort out the basics of daily living including food shopping, a cleaning routine – make sure you have all the supplies you need from www.broschdirect.com – and your household budget so that you can then allocate time and finances to other life essentials. Health experts all suggest that building some form of exercise into your daily routine is also important.
A recent article highlighted the fact that those who live in countries where exercise and a healthy diet are part and parcel of their culture have a better chance of living longer and more healthily. The UK’s chief medical officer (CMO) suggests that we, ‘should be moderately active for at least two and a half hours… over a week.’ Factor exercise into your daily routine, if possible. Power walking will do if you haven’t time or the budget for a gym. You could always walk the kids to school rather than driving them to school, for example.
Expecting the unexpected
Life has a habit of throwing unusual curveballs at times. If you have a routine, you should be able to cope with most of these. There are some occasions where even the most organised of people have problems, and as long as you appreciate that you may experience grief following the news of the death of a loved one, or anxiety as a result of a marital breakdown, then you may find that having a routine can help you cope with these circumstances. No one is perfect, and perfection in life is a myth.
It is alright to admit failure and then work out a way of overcoming your problems, routines can be adapted to suit a specific set of circumstances.
Coping in the modern world
One way to deal with the problems of modern life is to allocate more time to pleasure and physical interaction with family and friends. Make sure that your routine includes time off from electronic communication devices and include your whole family in this ‘digital detox.’ The detox could last a day or only a couple of hours, but at the end of this time you could find that you look forward to a few precious hours of peace from your smartphone, and actually start engaging with real people rather than simply those in the virtual world.
The problems with multitasking
In recent years it’s become fashionable to boast about multi tasking, but The Guardian suggests that you’d achieve far more by sticking to one task, and following a plan than by trying to conquer several objectives simultaneously. ‘Multi tasking has been found to increase the stress hormone cortisol… which can cause mental fog or scrambled thinking.’ As long as you appreciate that routines can change and don’t become too rigid in your approach to life, then you will give yourself a greater chance to enjoy the short time that we all spend on this planet.
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