No matter your age, a regular routine is extremely important. If you consistently make time to do something and stick with it, you’ll find it easier to maintain the habit. The idea of a “routine” can bring to mind words such as “mundane” or “ordinary,” but routines can be powerful tools. They support cognitive function, boost health, provide meaningful activities and social opportunities.
For instance, if you set a time each day to do a few minutes of exercise, it will increase your energy, help you get in shape and keep you healthy, both physically and mentally. Regular participation in social activities can also contribute positively to mental health.
Whether you are retired or still working, having things to look forward to each day is rewarding. If you find yourself with time on your hands, then doing volunteer work, socializing with friends, working out, or pursuing a new hobby is a great way to be create a daily routine and become consistent with your schedule.
Here are a few suggestions to help you with your daily routines:
- Use a day timer or smartphone app to organize your activities. A simple notepad or a daily planner and a pen can work too.
- Choose a regular sleep schedule and try to stick to it most days of the week.
- Make physical activity a priority. In-home workouts, walking, hiking, gardening, playing sports, and dance and fitness classes are great options.
- Keep an eye out for activities they are happening in your community, such as a book club at the library or a social walking group.
Routines have the power to help you manage your daily activities and feel meaningful, productive, happy and healthy. Always remember – variety is the spice of life!
Healthy Tip of the Day
The healthiest foods come in their own wrapping, such as fruits and vegetables. They come from nature fat free! A well-balanced diet will keep you healthy, energized and strong.
You are what you eat. Always make fruits, vegetables, and salads a major part of your daily meal plans. Lean proteins and complex carbohydrates are essential too. Be sure to get enough water as well because it carries nutrients and oxygen to all of the cells in your body. A proper diet will stabilize your heart beat, regulate your body temperature, cushion your joints and more!
This article originally appeared in the Ventura Breeze.