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How to create a healthy routine

While endless duvet days might seem tempting, having a routine is good for your well-being and can help with low mood. Here is a technique from well-being therapist Annabel to help you add structure to your day and develop a routine. 

Creating routine

Keeping a routine

The benefits of a routine

Having a schedule or a routine can help us to organise the day and feel productive. Setting goals or tasks as part of a routine can also help you learn a new skill, by scheduling time to practice every day.

Routines help give structure to the day and learning a new skill can make you feel more independent and confident in your abilities.

Set simple tasksĀ 

Set simple tasks each week and build on them as weeks go by. It feels great to tick off each task when you've completed it. Tasks could include:

  • Making your bed
  • Tidying your bedroom
  • Helping make lunch
  • Walking the dog or look after any pets
  • Reading a book
  • Watering the garden

An example weekly schedule

Task Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Make the Bed X X X    
Tidy my room   X   X  
Read a book X       X
Feed the dog     X X