Something I learned at Mayo Mood Disorders Unit is the importance of a daily routine. Together with an Occupational Therapist, I created the basics of routine for when I returned home. Routines are difficult because many of us have a lot of time to fill up.
Routines are important because “…sticking to a regular daily schedule helps keep your body’s internal clock ticking steadily and contributes to better sleep and more balanced moods”.1
Keeping regular habits helps regulate your biological clock. There is evidence to suggest a link between bipolar disorder and the circadian rhythm. (The circadian rhythm is the body’s internal clock).
So how do you put together your day? Start by listing all the things you normally do during the day: eat breakfast, stretch, exercise, work, downtime, eat lunch, write a gratitude list, and on and on until you’ve covered the basics of your day. Following is the same routine along with other tasks that can be added when needed.
6:00 Wake up
7:00 Work online (answer emails,etc.)
7:45 Take son to school
8:00 Talk with husband
8:45 Finish online work
10:00 Empty dishwasher and clean kitchen
11:30 Pick up husband for lunch
12:15 Take husband back to work
12:30 More housework (figure out what to fix for dinner)
1:00 Break time: Read, Play on computer, nap, crosswords
4:00 Pick up son from school
Other Things to Include
Go out with friends
Group Therapy (Tuesday)
Work on hobbies
Time for relaxation
Tracking your symptoms
Grocery Store (order and pick up)
Make Christmas gifts
Clean out fridge
Clean out pantry
Establishing a routine will help keep you balanced and prevent that sinking feeling like there’s something you should be doing.
There are loads of free, blank calendars on the Internet. (Just one example:
https://templates.office.com/en-us/Daily-Schedule-TM10000103 ). Google, “free blank calendar” and you’ll get lots of options.
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SOURCE: Jennifer Scott. “Things to Include in Your Routine” http://www.itgetsbrighter.org/blog/2016/08/29/4-key