Social media is awash with organisation, cleaning and routine content at the moment. It’s fashionable to have your clothes rolled instead of folded, it’s cool to name your cleaning products and you are living your best life if you manage to get your hands on the last Zoflora bottle in the shop. However, organisation isn’t a new thing, people like me have been doing it for years! I am a hard core organiser! I love it! I enjoy filling out my planner every Sunday night with the plans and things I need to remember for the week ahead. I like to have days for certain jobs. I like to have to do lists everywhere, I mean everywhere! And there are lots of people out there like me, if you are a busy parent with a fair few balls to juggle every day then organisation is key, preparation is key. And as for routines we are encouraged to get our children into a routine from an early age because they respond well to structure. I, and many many other people have been organising and loving it for years.
However, it all runs a little deeper for me and that is down to my anxiety. I am working through many part of my mental health in order to recover at the moment and one of the things that has really helped me while I have been searching for the right support has been structure.
If you suffer from anxiety, low mood or something similar I would highly recommend you give yourself a plan. I don’t mean a five year plan or even a 1 year plan, I mean have a plan for tomorrow. You could write it down if you want to or pop it in the notes section of your phone but if you stick to it I promise it will help.
Getting out of bed can seem like the hardest thing to do when you are anxious, the anxieties of the day ahead can be enough to make you want to throw the cover back over your head and pretend it isn’t happening but for most of us that isn’t really an option. There are often people of the little variety waiting for their breakfast, a lift to school or to be taken to a baby group. Find a routine that works for you and those around you and stick to it. Give yourself the structure. It won’t always work out and there will be days when it all goes wrong but for the most part it will help you to throw the covers off you every morning and get on with the day positively.
Preparation is key too. I like to prepare things for the night before so it’s one less thing to worry about in the morning. I like to follow The Organised Mum’s cleaning method so the cleaning never gets out of control. I like to have a changing bag that stays in the car so I’m prepared for the kids if there was an emergency.
None of these are groundbreaking ideas but they do work and this is why:
The importance of mental health has been associated with a variety of mental health conditions, including bipolar disorder, addiction, depression, among others. The reason behind this is that when we organize ourselves and know what to expect, it’s easier to actively work towards counteracting the thoughts and symptoms of any of the aforementioned mental health conditions.
Setting a routine, giving yourself some structure, learning to enjoy the day a little bit can really help if you are feeling low.
So as I start my journey with therapy and get to the bottom of my anxiety I will be staying organised and in a routine. Give it a try, it might work for you too!