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Wellness Wednesday: Creating healthy routines in Winter quarter and beyond

Creating healthy routines
(Courtesy of Health Promotion and Wellness)
​​The last year has been challenging for us all. As we enter into our third virtual quarter, not counting summer or December intersession, it's natural to feel the fatigue, disillusionment and other challenges that come with virtual learning and life. Creating healthy habits and routines can bring about some normalcy to each day and can help bolster our mental, emotional, spiritual and even physical health. While the idea of a routine may seem boring at first, bear with me. There truly are some great benefits to finding routines that work for you.

​Having a routine can free up some mental space. Without routines, each day becomes a bit more unpredictable. Your brain has to make more decisions about when to do what and how to do it. Even a few simple routines, such as going to bed and waking up at the same time or setting times to take breaks, eat or get outside, can free up some of the mental power that would otherwise go to finding new times for each of these things. 

While spontaneity and change can be positive, they also can create undue stress. By establishing a healthy routine, you may be able to eliminate some of the unnecessary stress that comes with spontaneity.

Establishing a routine can also help alleviate stress and anxiety, in part by allowing scheduled time in your day to pause and check-in with yourself. In summary:

  • Make a checklist
  • Create a schedule that plays to your strengths
  • Schedule in breaks
  • Create a sleeping routine
  • Allow for flexibility

For more details on each of the above listed, visit the HPW blog. Routines can be a great asset to try out in this new quarter. With the challenges of online class, work and other events as well as the stressors of our current reality, routines can be a tool to help reduce stress and alleviate anxiety. Try establishing a new routine this quarter and see if it helps you. Start small and build up. Give yourself the freedom to adjust your routines as necessary so they work best for you. 

The Office of Health Promotion and Wellness is here to support you in whatever you need, please don't hesitate to reach out. Email us at, call at (773) 325-7129 or visit the HPW website.