Mental Health & Routines

So at the minute, I don’t have a day job. I had to leave my job in IT as it was becoming detrimental to my mental health.

But I find it very useful to have a routine that will help me get through the day. It’s not something that I stick to religiously, there are times when I do things at different times, or I have to do other things during the day, but for the most part, I have a routine.

Generally, it follows this pattern;

  • Get up – Breakfast & coffee, play on my phone for a bit, maybe watch something short while I eat.
  • Play something; I spend a couple of hours playing something. At the moment it’s – We Happy Few. This helps me wake up some and gets my brain going a bit.
  • At around 10 am I’ll boot my laptop and start to write. Writing at the moment is one of the things that are keeping me a little saner than I might have been.
  • Dinner
  • More writing until maybe around 3 pm (ish). I usually try to write around 5000 words per day, of course, this depends on what I’m writing and if I need to do any research etc.
  • Then the night is spent with my other half (she literally is), and we talk, watch or play something together.
  • Then come 9ish I need to take my meds. These also help me sleep, so not long after I take them, I’m usually out for the count.

That’s it really.

It’s not a huge schedule, but it’s something that definitely helps my mental health. Sometimes having a plan on what you’re going to do in the day is a way to get your brain motivated actually to get going.

If for any reason I can’t get going, I tend to just kind of exist while the world goes on around me, which, let’s be honest, isn’t a whole lot of fun.

Some days I might wake up and just want to write, some I might just want to spend the day gaming. But that’s okay. I try not to beat myself up about not being able to do things sometimes; it’s only to be expected.

I guess what I’m trying to say is that if you’re struggling with mental health and getting through days, maybe having a routine would go some way (not all the way) towards making life a little more bearable.

People may also say that my routine is boring. Doing the same thing, day in and day out. Well to them I say – in the nicest possible way – F*ck you! We all have to do what we can to get through our lives. For some that might be going out and seeing people (not that we can do that at the minute), or to a restaurant (bugger) or maybe the cinema (ah, crap), but for me, I enjoy being in, and in the times we live in at the moment a routine helps me to forget what a mess the world is and allows me not to get too overwhelmed by it all.

It’s a little thing, but it’s something I can do to take control.

I’m also hoping that this new blog will help both myself and others who struggle on a daily basis.

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