Routines are our Daily Wisdom Word today.  This article will cover how to create a routine, keep one and share with you why it is so important to have them.  I remember when I was much younger and my children were babies.  I subconsciously established a routine for each of them.  They knew when to expect what down to the hour.  I was not a freak about it.  I just found they seemed to thrive better knowing what to expect.  

When I was growing up, I did not have a routine.  Think about our life, however with the things we do not establish that are routine as we grow up not set by our parents. When children go to school, they learn routines quickly.  There is a time for a snack or nap and time for each of the subjects they study.   Everything is based on routines.  When I was growing up, we really did not have routines around our house.  There were four children and things were often chaotic.  This did not make me feel very safe and apparently had a huge impact on me.  Now that I am disabled, I find it hard to keep with a routine.  However, I notice my body does not.  I seem to wake up at the same time each morning and go to sleep around the same time.  The routine I have now is a routine of no physical activity.  This is not healthy and I have developed many new fears that are unrealistic because I am not following an active routine.  I am certainly not in the physical health I once was.

We will take a look at the Webster Definition of routine and the Daily Wisdom Words Definition. 

Webster Definition of routine-1.  a sequence of actions regularly followed;  a fixed program. 

Daily Wisdom Word definition of a routine-a schedule set and followed at specific times each day. 

How do we develop a routine?  I have mentioned this in previous articles or blogs.  A new routine is like anything new.  You start a routine by defining one.  The brain plays a major role in a routine.  It takes a minimum of 3 weeks for the brain to begin to “anticipate” what to expect, and when to expect it.  If you are starting an exercise program, pick the days you will do it upfront, along with the time you will exercise.  At first, think of your brain, not your body your working out.  For the first month, do the very same exercises you do each day you have picked.  Then, you may “alter” the routine which is actually good for the body.  The brain and body work opposite each other.  The brain thrives on the exact same thing.  However, the physical part of our bodies gets used to this such as with a diet, or exercise program so you must change it up without altering the basics of your routine such as the time of day you do it.  

You begin again, for three weeks doing what you did before with the first new routine, two days a week, and a new, altered routine three days a week.  The brain accepts this.  Have you ever quit exercising for example and started back?  Especially if you use the same time of day you once did, the muscle has memory!. You usually get in shape much more quickly.  Don’t forget as you get older, you lose muscle.  Make sure to start back exercising with increased muscle-building exercises.  

There are also other tools in our toolbelt in life we have to strengthen routines.  One tool is affirmations.  Affirmations are writing down what you want as if it has or is happening already.  You use “routine” to your benefit, doing these affirmations at the same time of day which creates, after approximately three weeks a new habit or routine.  Routines can be a useful tool you can mold like clay to work for you.  Try these suggestions and see if they do not work.  I have reminded myself now, by writing this to get back in touch with a healthy routine.  We have both hopefully helped each other.  

Thanks so much for our journey today.  Consider joining daily wisdom words.  In fact, do.  It is just $5 for a lifetime membership and will be worth years of your life, your mental health, physical health, and writing skills.  You must fix the mental issues first, to be a good writer.  In order to be a good writer, we tend to draw off the experiences we have had.  We need to do this.  In fact, it is healthy.  Journaling and writing a new book simply are not that different when you add imagination as part of it.  Samantha LeBoeuf/dww


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