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.

Published by Marilyn

Diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder after fifty years in the mental health system I decided to share my experiences and consider the impact my health has had on my well-being. Being creative is the mainstay of my life and it's how I express my deepest emotions. Photography, writing, and design challenge me and help keep me rooted in the present.

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