Navigating Life When You Need to Reset Routine

Life has a super fun way of throwing curveballs, disrupting our comfort zone and leaving us feeling disoriented. Whether it’s a major life event, unexpected circumstances, or simply the ups and downs of daily life, it’s easy to fall out of routine. I’m a huge fan of routine because it helps keep my anxiety at bay. I talk a lot about how routine plays a part in my own confidence journey in my last post.

A few months ago, I started a new job that had an earlier start time. Even though I knew it was coming – I was so thrown off.  So, as you can imagine, being thrown off left me feeling less confident. Starting a new job feeling less confident is not ideal. Of course, I wasn’t gonna stay in that place but I was too impatient to let it happen on its own.  I’m sure this feels familiar, so I want to share some tips to reset routine when life gets really busy and give you some practical strategies to help you regain your balance, embrace change, and ultimately thrive in the face of disruptions.

Reset Routine

  1. Understanding the ups and downs: Before we get too far, let’s recognize that falling out of routine is a natural part of life.  Accepting this can alleviate unnecessary stress and guilt. Acknowledge that life is full of unexpected twists and turns, and falling out of routine is an opportunity for growth rather than a sign of failure.
  1. Embrace Flexibility: Being flexible is key to successfully navigating changes. As someone who relies on routine to stay sane, being flexible doesn’t sound great to me. This is where habits come in. I rely on my habits – like taking a shower and brushing my teeth in the morning, until I get back to a routine. Allow yourself the freedom to adapt your routines to fit new circumstances. This might mean adjusting your daily schedule, redefining priorities, or even taking a temporary break from certain activities.
  1. Set Realistic Expectations: When you find yourself out of routine, it’s important to set realistic expectations for yourself. Understand that you may not immediately return to your previous level of routine and productivity. Be kind to yourself and give yourself grace. Focus on taking small steps to reestablish positive habits in your daily life. Progress may be gradual, but consistent efforts will lead to a renewed sense of routine over time.
  1. Start Small: Getting back into a routine can feel overwhelming, especially if you’re dealing with significant changes. Start small by reintroducing one or two habits at a time. This could be as simple as incorporating a morning walk or dedicating a few minutes to quiet time. Small victories help you build momentum and regain a sense of control.
  1. Create a Flexible Framework: Create a flexible framework that works with life’s unpredictability. Identify core activities (habits) that are important to you, and build your routine around them. This allows for flexibility while still maintaining a sense of structure and purpose your anxiety craves.
  1. Practice Self-Care: Falling out of routine can affect your well-being. Prioritize self-care during these times of change – with activities that nourish your body, mind, and soul. Whether it’s practicing mindfulness, moving your body, or spending quality time with loved ones, self-care will help you as you reset routine.

Life is filled with ups and downs, and falling out of routine happens. Instead of viewing disruptions as setbacks, see them as opportunities for growth and adaptation. By embracing flexibility, setting realistic expectations, and incorporating small, positive changes, you can reset routine and even thrive rather than feel anxious when life is uncertain. Remember, it’s not about avoiding disruptions, but about learning to adapt as life changes.

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