We live in a world filled with multi-tasking and endless lists of things to do. More often than not, you probably find yourself with little or not time for self-care. This is where the importance and power of establishing a routine comes into play.
At Omnia Health, we’ve witnessed the importance of committing to consistency amidst the typical day-to-day chaos and how it can significantly enhance the overall health of our patients. From creating an exercise regimen and meal planning to incorporating meaningful, social interactions and reasonable bedtimes, you’ll notice an improvement in your mental and physical wellbeing. Here are some benefits of implementing a routine.
Achieve Structure And Stability
The importance of having a routine is not limited to little ones. When adults follow a consistent schedule, our bodies and minds adjust accordingly, creating a sense of predictability. This in turn gives us a much needed sense of stability in our lives which promotes:
- Better sleep patterns
- Healthier eating habits
- Increased energy levels
- Improved moods
Contrary to what some may believe, a routine is not synonymous with being mundane and boring. It makes life more manageable and enjoyable while proving to be helpful in achieving optimal health.
Feel More Physically Fit With A Workout Routine
We are all aware of the benefits that go along with leading an active lifestyle and at the same time, we find it extremely difficult to fit in a workout on a regular basis. Having a routine that incorporates a trip to the gym or a walk around the neighborhood is likely all you need to make the long-term commitment. Physical activity stimulates the release of endorphins, which are known to reduce stress, anxiety, and symptoms of depression. Additionally, making time to exercise daily leads to:
- Enhanced cardiovascular health
- Improved brain health
- Stronger bones and muscles
- Increased stamina and energy
- Reduced risk of chronic disease
A routine is also directly correlated with establishing healthy eating habits. When we plan and prepare meals in advance, we are more likely to make nutritious choices and avoid snacking on junk food or impulsive eating. Maintaining a balanced diet ensures you are supplying your body with nutrients essential for achieving optimal health.
Taking Productivity Up A Notch
In addition to providing some much needed consistency, routines also enhance your ability to make the most of the limited hours in the day. We all dream about being more productive. Allocating time slots for specific tasks allows you to stay focused and increase your level of efficiency.
Having the ability to strategically compartmentalize your responsibilities and goals in this manner will leave you feeling more accomplished and less stressed. As an added bonus, you’ll have more free time for self care and your family.
Routinely Experience A More Positive Outlook
Beyond the physical health benefits, routines play a vital role in improving our mental wellbeing. Engaging in activities such as meditation, journaling, or spending time in nature can be incorporated into our daily routines to promote mindfulness and reduce stress. Practicing these activities on a regular basis allows us to develop resilience and the ability to cope with life’s daily pressures and unexpected challenges. Having a pre-established plan for our day makes us less likely to feel overwhelmed or anxious about what lies ahead.
Make Time For Social Connections In Your Routine
Routines can also foster a stronger social network. For instance, joining a fitness class or scheduling regular meetups with friends can provide a sense of community. Consistently checking in with others while knowing they will do the same acts as a dependable support system. Social interactions have been linked to increased happiness and reduced feelings of loneliness, directly impacting our mental wellbeing. After experiencing quarantine during the height of the pandemic, we’ve all gained a greater appreciation for the value of human interaction and meaningful connections.
Healthcare Is A Journey
Whether big or small, incorporating healthy habits into our daily lives allows us to take control of our wellbeing while enjoying the multitude of benefits that come with a more balanced lifestyle. Today is a great day to start discovering the power of implementing a routine — including regular appointments with Omnia Health.
Dr. Jacqui and her team of highly qualified professionals have the experience and desire to meet you wherever you are on your personal healthcare journey. Here to help you get a better understanding of how your body is functioning, Omnia Health provides personalized solutions that lead to a healthier, happier you. Let’s get started!