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How to establish a routine

Having a routine and structure is good for your mental health. Good Thinking provides tips to help you focus on what you enjoy and get enough sleep.

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Having a daily routine and structure to your life is important for good mental health. Doing things on a regular basis that you’re comfortable with and that you enjoy can help you to feel less anxious and stressed and be more productive. 

But what if you’re going through a period of change in your life (e.g. if you’ve started a new job, moved house or become a parent) or if you’re feeling particularly stressed (e.g. about work or paying your bills)... is it still possible to establish a routine when things are in flux?

According to a 2020 study, both primary routines (e.g. diet, sleep and personal hygiene) and secondary routines (e.g. leisure and social activities) have a positive impact on your mental health.

To help Londoners maintain daily activities that have benefits for their overall wellbeing, the Good Thinking team has put together the following advice. You’ll find lots of useful links to Good Thinking resources, including NHS-approved apps, which are free to anyone who lives, studies or works in London.

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