Daily habits to get me through

Routines – knowing what’s happening, what’s going to happen, what’s expected of me – are all vital to keep me on kilter.

It’s often quite difficult to keep others on side with this need. Things happen. Some are vaguely expected, some are totally unexpected, and others fall somewhere in between. So I benefit from having my own simple checklist of what I do each day, not to an absolute time-frame, but within three distinct periods of the day.

At the start of day, usually before dressing, I do my workout on a rowing machine because this gives me a whole body exercise that doesn’t overly tax my co-ordination nor my joints (I have dyspraxia and am developing arthritis).

I do a 3 minute ‘Breathing Space’ exercise and walk in the garden if the weather permits! and the rest of the ‘in between’ activities are pretty flexible depending on my interests at the time.

The end of the day is winding down time and time for reflection. I’ve yet to master going to bed early.

I’ve been doing this for two months and so far it’s working to keep me on track. If you think the idea may benefit you, have a go at making your own chart. If you’d like to use mine as a starting point, please feel free to message me for a copy.

Being creative is the mainstay of my life, and poetry, prose, and photography is where I express my deepest emotions. I also enjoy the challenge of design and create jewellery, fabric bags, and garments and home items in yarn. Diagnosed with ASD at the age of 68 after fifty years in and out of the mental health system, I now aim to explore and share my experiences over these years. Apart from blogs and short articles I'll share my life in my verse and images.

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