Refreshing Your Daily Routine – the Midyear Check-in
We’re at the halfway mark of the year, typically a time of change, whether big or small. Now is a good time to reflect on how the first half of the year has gone for you, health-wise. As adults, we can get stuck into a routine that might not be the healthiest. Even if we’re fully aware that it’s bad for us, but we’re just too tired to change it because there’s just too much going on in our lives. Here’s how you can refresh your daily routines, to prioritise your overall wellness in your everyday.
Take stock of yourself
As with any puzzle or conundrum, it’s important to take stock of what your current status is. Reflect on your habits, your feelings, and your current routines. Work out how they affect each other and how they make you feel. Are your habits affecting your emotions in a good way? Are your current routines making your life easier, or affecting your mood in a negative way? If you have set goals for yourself, you should also think about what you set out to achieve, and whether it is still relevant to your current circumstances. Think about what you want to change to help you on your life-long journey towards becoming the best version of yourself.
With the pandemic easing in most parts of the world, we can now venture out into public spaces freely without much restrictions. As cheesy as it might sound, getting one with nature regularly has many benefits for both your mental and physical health. A simple walk during the day or night is good enough start for you to get started on venturing out of your home and the mind prison that you might have locked yourself into.
Eating well, eating healthy doesn’t mean that you need to deprive yourself of delicious “unhealthy” food, and only stick to no-carb, all-salad diets. Be mindful of every ingredient that you’re putting into your body and make sure that both your mind and body are nourished with good quality food. A well-balanced diet is key to leading a healthier lifestyle.
Log Off when you need to
Whether it’s work or the depressing daily news cycles, it’s important to know when to log off. Set boundaries for yourself and stick to them as much as possible. Take mini breather breaks during your workday, and wind down for the day at an appropriate time. Balance your news consumption with uplifting content to ensure that your mood isn’t too affected by things that are out of your control. Setting a night-time routine of avoiding screen time before bed, and practicing gratitude can help you feel better physically and emotionally.
All in all, your daily routines set the stage for your overall physical, emotional and mental health. Taking consistent actions to develop healthy habits and practices will ensure that you have a great quality of life, for longer.