Have you struggled with your morning routine? Have you struggled
getting yourself and the person you support ready for the day? An evening
routine that you map out can create a much smoother morning and subsequently
the rest of the day!
Routines are so important. They can be can be an outline of what needs
to be completed for a successful tomorrow or possibly a way to wind down for
the night. According to research
from Northwestern Medicine, having a routine can greatly improve your health.
They can help with your stress levels, give you a better night’s sleep and can
positively affect your life in other areas by being more organized.
Once students go to college, creating their own routine to follow can
take some practice. They don’t have a guardian telling them when to do what and
to make sure they are ready for the next day. People with disabilities may need
an extra helping hand with their schedule to keep them on track.
At Bethesda College there are life coaches that can go into the
student’s dorm rooms to help with practicing these routines. If the student
would like to lay out their outfit, brush their teeth, set their alarm, make a
to-do list, map out their route, take their meds, set out their money, call a
taxi for pick-up, etc., they can create a checklist and go through it with
“The checklist turns into a routine,” says Samantha Bear, Adult Living
Skills Professor and Campus and Community Life Coordinator at Bethesda College.
“Theory can be put into practice with some fine-tuning.”
The biggest challenge that the students face is keeping mind over
matter. Not being lazy and sticking to the routine can be tough but also
produces better results over time. However, the students also must want to do
this. It is a part of creating independence and responsibility.
Bear said there are three steps that create the most successful
- Recognizing what you need to improve on.
- Ask for help when needed.
- Mind over matter = success.
Everyone’s routine is unique to themselves. You
can add a fun element if you are looking for a way to motivate yourself or the
person you support to stick to the routine! Overall, they will make you
healthier and much more efficient with your time.