In a recent article iVillage recommended The Weekend Healer: More Than a Dozen 3-day Plans to Relax, Relieve stress and Re-energise by Jane Alexander, which has some excellent tips on how to kick start a new routine. Below are a few of our favourites:
Spend an evening thinking about new beginnings
Alexander suggests that you start by writing down how you spend your life now. What is your daily routine, do you eat the same breakfast in the morning and go to bed at the same time every evening etc? Also think and write about if you do things on certain days, if you always go back to the same place for your holidays. This will help you to establish how much routine there is in your life.
Once you have done this sit down and take a long hard think about how it makes you feel. Do you find your routine comforting or boring?
The next step is to take your list and next to every single entry write the total opposite. If you usually spend most of your weekends in bed till midday then the rest in your PJ’s then this weekend you’ll be up and dressed by 8am sharp. Do you usually eat toast for breakfast? Well from now on its fruit and yogurt. Resolve to change everything you possibly can this weekend and once you have done this you can think about implementing changes for your working week routine.
On a large sheet of paper write down a list of 100 things you wish you could do in your life. They don’t have to be practical and could be anything from a humdrum everyday growing your own carrots to a slightly more medium range learning Hebrew to a wild having cosmetic surgery.
Once you have done this, choose at least one to do during the following week. Then underline one of your wildest dreams and formulate a time frame and plan to achieve this and commit to doing it sometime in the next year.
This weekend get out and about and try new things. If you usually get your partner to drive you around then walk or take the bus and vice versa. If usually you opt for a quick sandwich or fast food for lunch then try something different. Treat yourself in a restaurant. If you usually are surrounded by friends when out shopping then try going it alone and try out new shops you wouldn’t usually consider. Keep an open mind and try things you usually wouldn’t.