Monday, 11 September 2017

Having a routine is great for my mental health

I think that a lot of people may consider that having lots of excitement in your life would be best for your mental well-being - having something to look forward to, like a holiday, or something exciting and exhilarating like a skydive to bring your endorphin levels up. And all of those things are important, but I have found that having a routine has actually been one of the best things for my mental health.

I guess the mundane parts of life could, quite possibly, make someone depressed if they really did not enjoy their job. However I have found that having a routine and having to get up to go to work has really helped me. I am sleeping better than I ever have since I left school, and I've got into a routine that I really enjoy. I go to bed at a similar time every night (ahem, about 9.30pm...) and I have my relaxing time in the evenings just chilling in my flat, when I'm not socialising with friends. I also have my morning routine perfected and I usually make my lunch the night before and plan my outfits ahead, which really helps to make the mornings easier for a self-confessed night owl.

I also feel like I've got a purpose to get up for in the mornings, and I generally have not struggled to get myself into work. I'm also not too ashamed to admit that I quite enjoy the mundane parts of being an adult - cleaning my flat, washing my clothes, changing my bed sheets. I'm sure that will probably wear off quite soon, but I've found that I've really worked out what sort of time and which days is best for me to complete these tasks, and when I've planned ahead like that I really don't mind doing them.

I'm not saying that I don't want some excitement in my life, because I really do find that is good for my mental health too. But on a day-to-day basis, having a routine has been really great for me and has especially helped me get into a decent sleeping pattern. I think the fact that I'm enjoying my job has really helped, as I don't dread waking up the next day. It's just really nice to wake up in the mornings with a purpose, knowing that I'm going to help someone that day in one way or another :)
You will be amazed at how things fall magically into place once you let go of the illusion of control.


  1. Good article, you sharing is awesome, love it!

  2. I would appreciate that suggestion for breakfast.
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  3. Dear Hannah, thank you so much for your honest and down to earth posts on living with depression. I am so glad God led me to your blog, because it finally helped me to accept the fact that I've been living with depression all my life. Even though I've been on medication at one time for depression I still have mental resistance to accepting it, which led me into many unhealthy behaviors in dealing with it, which took decades to sort out. I've had a huge epiphany while reading your sharing on how you live and even thrive with depression. It is amazing to me how one honest soul can touch another over thousands of miles and bring life-changing healing, comfort and understanding. Thank you again, dear Hannah from the bottom of my heart. Rita G, Delray Beach, FLorida, USA

  4. What's your specialty as a doc, Hannah? I did not go through the whole blog yet, so I have no idea, sorry.

    I'm seeing how wonderful it's for you to live within this framework of daily routine, I can't help but Wonder, how can it work so well, actually - what does it change in a human being, the routine…