No matter how busy my day gets, I never go to sleep without taking a hot bubble bath. That’s right, every single night. In fact, if I don’t follow through on this ritual, I have trouble calming down for the night. You see, taking a bath signifies the end of my day for me. During those 15 minutes in the bathtub, I am able to turn everything off in my brain, decompress and relax. It might not work for you, but it definitely works for me.
The point to sharing this bit of information is that routine can be good for you. Often, my focus with women is to get outside their box and do things a little differently. I encourage them to change it up and not get stuck in their usual routine. Although this is true, you also need some things that you can count on happening regularly.
You need to have routines in order to accomplish things in life. When I was a working mom with young children, I would have been lost without my routines. I counted on these routines to accomplish all my responsibilities with the kids and the house in addition to my full-time job. On Sunday mornings, I routinely made out a list of what I was going to prepare for dinner each day of the coming week. After that was decided, I would make out my grocery list and go shopping. I never wavered from my routine because in the long run, it made my life so much easier. My fitness goals would be impossible without routine. Honestly, it would make it way too easy to not go workout if I didn’t have certain days of the week that I exercise religiously. Today, I have routines that make it possible for me to accomplish the many responsibilities in my job. If I didn’t have my routine of spending 30 minutes in the morning answering email before getting involved in other work, I wouldn’t be able to focus on the many other responsibilities of the day.
Routines help us feel comfortable and secure. Everyone in life needs things they can count on no matter what’s transpiring. Having routines helps you feel comforted and safe. With rituals, there are no surprises and you know exactly what to expect. Frankly, we all need this in our lives so we can feel in control of our universe. For example, I cook a homemade soup every single Sunday night. My family has come to expect it and look forward to it. You could say that it has become a tradition in our house. Traditions and rituals are an important part of your life. When the world is spinning out of control, your traditions and rituals give you a sense of comfort and help you cope.
I want every woman to view life as an adventure, but I would be remiss not to remind you that having certain routines is also an essential part of your healthy life. Strive for a balance of adventures that push your limits mixed in with routines and rituals that enable you to accomplish your goals.