I’ve mapped out a daily routine which I found ideal – and easy to follow – over the first three-month rebalancing period. I understand that, due to work/life commitments, you will have to make some modifications (such as when you start work), but try to stick to the core activity as much as possible – the more closely you can follow it, the better.
By following these few simple instructions you will instantly begin to feel more energetic, vibrant, motivated, positive and enthusiastic – key ingredients needed for BALANCE. Over time, the routine will become easier to follow, eventually becoming second nature. Keep it up, and you’ll be rewarded with a lifetime of change.
Gaps in the routine should be filled by work or a focused activity or hobby.
6.30 am: Get out of bed
6.45 am: Exercise
7.45 am: Shower
8 am: Healthy breakfast (no caffeine)
10.30 am: Snack
12.30 pm: Healthy lunch
3 pm: Snack
6 pm: Healthy dinner
6.30 pm: Plan for the next day
7 pm: Wind down and relax until bedtime
10–11 pm: Go to bed.
Get out of bed as soon as you wake up
Start your day as you mean to go on. As soon as your alarm goes off or you wake up naturally, get out of bed. Don’t lie in bed procrastinating – it allows anxious thoughts to creep in. Concentrate on the plan you made yesterday and go for it.
I find that exercising in the morning before I eat breakfast gives me the best results. It also sets me up for the day by keeping me energised.
Shower every day. It’s not only important for hygienic reasons, but it will refresh you and help wake you up, ready for your day.
Keep your energy levels up throughout the day by snacking regularly on fruit (a banana is ideal) and nuts. If it helps you to stay organised, set your alarm or set an alert on your mobile phone when a snack is due.
Plan for the next day
You already know how important it is to have focus, and planning for the next day is the most effective method of getting it right. If the next day is a work day, plan what you need to do. If you’re not at work, plan your activities in advance. Book something (if possible) and commit to it.
Find time to relax
In a busy schedule that includes family and work, it can be very easy to forget about your own needs, only to regret it later when you’re overstressed and exhausted. Even if it’s only half an hour, take time to relax every day. Put your feet up, make yourself a hot drink (no caffeine!), and shut yourself off from the world. Read a book, or do something that allows you to wind down. If it helps, close your eyes – and if you doze off, so be it!
Go to bed at a reasonable time
Aim to get eight hours of sleep every night. Some people need more, some less. Establish what you need by how you feel when you wake up, and aim to get that amount of sleep daily.
ABOUT CARL VERNON
Carl Vernon is a best-selling author & speaker, talking and writing about all things anxiety, stress, success & well-being.