Creating structure in your routine can support your well-being, particularly during challenging times. It can help you feel more productive, more grounded and less overwhelmed. It is also associated with better mental health and can be helpful for those struggling with low mood, anxiety, or boredom.
The summer months can be busy and it is important to take care of your well-being and set up positive habits on a weekly basis.
When it comes to your routine, there are 6 pillars to consider:
1. Physical activity – how will you get your body moving?
- Take a walk or plan a hiking day trip
- Sign up for an online exercise class
- Commit to taking the stairs at work
- Yardwork or housework
2. Social activity – how will you connect to others?
- Text, call or video chat someone you enjoy talking to
- Reach out to someone you haven’t spoken to in a while
- Schedule a visit with family or friends
- Invite a friend to run errands with you. Make a day of it and stop at a few fun places along the way!
3. Intellectual activity – how will you keep you mind active?
- Read a book or listen to a podcast or audiobook
- Complete a puzzle
- Learn a new skill
4. Productivity or meaning – how will you feel accomplished or make a positive contribution?
- Choose a task and get it done
- Declutter your work or living spaces
- Reach out to an elderly neighbor or someone who needs assistance with tasks around the house
- Donate money or volunteer
5. Pleasure and enjoyment – what can you do that brings you joy?
- Work on a hobby or interest
- Play with a pet
- Do an activity with your family
- Practice self-care
6. Rest and recovery – what makes you feel energized and restored?
- Have a consistent sleep schedule and get 7-8 hours of sleep
- Set boundaries and practice saying “no”
- Schedule some solo down-time
- Do activities that make you feel refreshed like stretching or meditation
When creating your routine with these tips, think about whether to include each pillar on a daily, or weekly basis. Which pillars are already in your routine and which will you add? Remember to be specific and use prompts or reminders to increase your success!