The Benefits of a Daily Routine

Jessica Hong

This new year, one of my goals was to start establishing a daily routine. I noticed that the weeks during which I was stressed, tired, and overwhelmed, I found myself going through a rollercoaster of ups and downs throughout the day. But on the days that I stuck to a routine that was both productive and relaxing, it made for a totally different mentality that made things feel manageable and organized. It’s so much easier said than done - but having a routine is so important for building healthy habits and can benefit one’s personal wellness tenfold. Small, simple, and quick changes can really make the world of a difference. They say it takes 21 days to break a habit, and the same goes for building new ones. So don’t feel like you have to have it all figured out, and take it slow! Be kind to yourself, experiment and slowly incorporate new things to see what helps you feel your best, and find what works for you.

We know this can feel super overwhelming, especially in the beginning, so here’s a small guide of habits and changes you can incorporate into your day to day. Try it out, see what works and what doesn’t, and continue adjusting small parts of your routine until it feels perfectly suited for your lifestyle.

Start the Day Off Right: A Daily Morning Routine at Home

  • Set your alarm to your favorite song: This is a game changer everyone. Say goodbye to waking up to the blaring iPhone alarm (we all know the one,) and start your day with something that immediately gets you in the right mood to start the day. My go-to is BTS, so no judgements here- turn up the volume and play whatever you love on blast.
  • Stay hydrated: The number one tip we’ve all heard but never stick to. If you’re feeling sluggish in the morning, don’t reach for the coffee just yet- instead, try to drink a full glass of water before anything else. Your body will thank you each morning.

Beat the Afternoon Slump: Healthy Midday Habits

  • Actually take a lunch break: This is crucial, especially if you’re working from home. No matter what the workload is, taking a step away from your desk can clear your mind and actually help make those daunting tasks feel a lot more doable. Eat something yummy, take a walk outside, and get up to move your body and stretch. Feel better? Thought so!
  • Keep your work desk clear: Whether you’re at home or at the office, a clean space equals a clean mind. and taking five minutes to clear excess clutter can make work much, much smoother. Only keep the essentials on the counters - this can be your favorite office supplies, favorite mementos, and a reed diffuser that keeps you centered (Vetiver has been proved to help us focus!)

Winding Down: Your New Nighttime Routine

  • Winding down: This is certified ME time. No phones, no distractions, just you. Take this time, however long or short it may be, from 15 minutes to an hour before bed, to do one thing that helps you relax the most. It could be journaling for five minutes to help stop the thoughts in your mind from swirling, or closing your eyes and meditating (alongside your favorite incense or candle of course).
  • Time for bed: Try to sleep at the same time, no matter if it’s a weekday or Saturday night. A helpful way to shift your sleeping schedule is to slowly start going to bed five minutes earlier everyday until you reach your desired bedtime. Trouble sleeping? Lavender has been proven to help us calm and soothe our mood.

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