You may have heard that 53% of adults in the US report that their mental health has been negatively impacted due to worry and stress over the pandemic. 36% reported difficulty sleeping, and 32% reported difficulty maintaining a healthy diet.
Sadly, mental health issues are only increasing as the pandemic wears on. Public health measures have meant that many of us are experiencing isolation and job loss, both of which are linked to poor mental health.
Possibly, the most important thing that any of us can do to make it through this winter will be to create routines.
Routines create the known as we are faced each day with the unknown. During the pandemic the whole world has been knocked off kilter and many of our routines have shifted or collapsed. Commitment to routines are a key to maintaining sanity and enhancing our resilience.
Routines are important because:
Last week on The Aligned Life podcast I talked with Align Brooklyn community member and psychologist, Anna Levy-Warren about the importance of routines.
Anna recommends that we use routines to create "anchors in the day so that we always know that we have a beginning, middle and end."
Here are some ideas for daily routines:
There's a unique routine that is right for you; take a few minutes to think about one habit to add to your day.
Wellness is really found as a set of habits and routines that we commit to long term.
Inside the Aligned Life membership we use habit-based wellness programming to support you at creating routines to optimize your wellbeing. For more information visit this link.
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