Routine is important to me. It’s important to manage my mental and physical health and it’s all become a bit lost recently.
My routine generally has gone, and I need routine. Routine keeps me healthy and happy, even if others might think it restricts what I do, it allows me to manage my medical conditions so they don’t overwhelm me or become worse.
Over the last month or so my depression in particular has been really bad. I haven’t wanted to do anything and I mean anything. All I’ve been doing is sitting on my sofa watching telly and eating, not even showering. Everything just seems like such an effort and I know if I make myself get back into my routine I will start to feel better.
So this last week I have tried to do some ‘normal’ things, taking the dog for a walk, eating a proper breakfast, having a shower and slowly I’m starting to get back into the swing of things.
From today I have started to eat healthily again and I had my proper morning routine;
- I got up
- Went to the bathroom
- Had a cigarette
- Ate my breakfast and had a cup of tea
- Brushed my teeth
- Got dressed
Now I need to continue this for the rest of the week and improve my evening routine as well. So tonight I need to go to the supermarket and then walk the dog, that’s it, no pressure, no list a mile long, shopping then walk, shouldn’t be too hard.
But all of this is a case of making myself do it, literally forcing myself to do ‘normal’ things, I will feel better for it and I know that, but it doesn’t make it any easier.
Wish me luck!