Research has found that incorporating structured routines into daily life is a practical and effective strategy for promoting positive mental health outcomes. The establishment of morning and nighttime routines fosters a sense of predictability and control, contributing to stress reduction and enhanced overall mental health. Individuals who engage in regular morning exercise routines experience improvements in mood and cognitive function throughout the day. The importance of a structured bedtime routine is associated with better sleep quality and reduced symptoms of insomnia and anxiety.*
Your morning and nighttime routine will be individualized to your needs and daily life, so you want to ensure you set realistic goals. Part of setting this mental health goal is experimenting with what does and does not work for your routine.
Example of a morning routine:
Example of a nighttime routine: