As we’ve already discussed, sleep and exercise are our pillars of support through our times of stress. Setting a daily routine contributes to strengthening these pillars. A structured daily routine really enables these notions to have effect within our lives. Forming new habits can be pretty hard, but we just need to understand that  there are several factors associated with the curation of a daily routine.

Decision fatigue is one of them. A study conducted by Shai Danziger, Jonathan Levav, and Liora Avnaim-Pesso analyzed extraneous factors involved in legal decisions. They looked at judges handing out parole to Israeli prisoners, and unearthed some interesting insights. As the day progressed, the judges were less likely to hand out parole even to those deserving of it. What  causes this lapse? Well, the researchers posited that decision fatigue contributes to it. When one gets exhausted and worn out through the day, it become harder to take rational decisions. Shortcuts become tempting, and in this case, a rejection of parole is the shortcut. So, when we apply this to our will to stick to a daily routine, we just need to remember that we’re supposed to keep on track despite how worn out we feel. Putting in that hour of exercise rather than getting on Netflix is probably the better, healthier option to keep your routine intact.

The notion of a daily routine has also been found to affect us from a developmental perspective. In a study conducted at the University of Albany, psychologists found that those who set themselves on a daily schedule are less likely to suffer from issues that pertain to attention span and time management. This also considerably reduces the levels of stress felt by these individuals. A cohort of 292 undergraduate students was studied, and were asked questions about the regularity of their daily schedules in the past and present, including eating and sleeping habits, as well as the time spent with their family, friends, and with leisure activities. These notions were also directly linked to family stability.

As we’ve mentioned in our previous post, the time at which we sleep, and the regularity of a routine is what sets the body clock into stable motion. The notion of a ‘Monkey Mind’ is something that often leads us to straw away from our daily path. When we think of one thing, it’s pretty common for a thousand other thoughts to crop up within our minds.For someone with ADHD, this is way more common. That explains why a child with ADHD may have trouble with academics.

Suppose you wake up, and your usual routine is to eat breakfast and hurriedly get ready for work. If you decide to quickly check your email, you might come across a link in your inbox that takes you on a full-fledged, half an hour internet trip. Things like this set us back without even letting us realize!

It’s definitely easier said than done to set a social rhythm for oneself. However, one must realize that this is a golden rule to beat the deteriorative effects of stress, and aging. Sleep quality and regularity with our actions is associated with age related changes. According to a study published by the Sleep Research Society, constant social rhythm is associated with better sleep. Better sleep means we’re well-equipped to deal with the day ahead of us. If you’ve got a daily routine set in stone to deal with each day, it’s quite probable that you’ll be less stressed out!

Here’s some simple things you can do to set a daily routine:

  • Decide what forms a part of it. For a corporate, three meals, exercise, the daily grind, and maybe a glass of wine accompanied by some television to power down could be a good option!

 

  • Now that you know the little puzzle pieces that make up your day, just add a time value to them!

 

  • If you end your day watching television, give yourself some downtime away from the screen before you hit the sheets!

 

  • A good application to use to set your daily habits in stone is Productive. It’s essentially a Habit Tracker that helps you see how regular you’re being.

 

Are you finding it hard to set your social rhythm to a constant tick? Well, just ask X. We helped him make sure that he’s not straying, through a refreshing dose of Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy. When we alter our beliefs about the daily grind and reframe it to appreciate regularity, it can do wonders for the stress we may feel!

An undergraduate in Psychology, Shantanu is an aspiring Educational Psychologist who will be pursuing his Master’s in 2018 at the Ohio State University. He is adept with psychometric and statistical research, and has honed his grasp over psychology through a 4 year undergraduate course in Liberal Education at FLAME University, Pune.