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Creating a Daily Routine: How Structure Can Improve Physical, Mental, and Financial Well-Being

They say it takes 21 days to form a habit, and developing a strong routine is no different. Three weeks of dedication to create an ongoing healthy lifestyle seems like a no-brainer, but why does it feel like such a grueling process to get there? The bigger question remains: Is it worth the hassle? The truth of the matter is that giving yourself a daily routine can improve your life in many ways. Orlando Credit Union breaks down the impact that creating a structured lifestyle can have on your physical, mental, and financial well-being.

Right off the bat, your physical health is influenced by your daily routine. Whether we realize it or not, we do have a daily routine; however, it may not be a productive or positive one. Routine is defined as a sequence of actions regularly followed. We all have daily tasks we complete, whether conscious or subconscious. For example, most of us go to work Monday through Friday at the same time every morning. By definition, that is a routine task. Brushing your teeth when you wake up, stopping for a cup of coffee every morning, or putting your gym bag in your car before you head to work can all be parts of our daily routine. With that being said, it is not uncommon to have some routine tasks that may be impacting us negatively, especially when it comes to our physical health. Forming a daily routine focused on healthy eating and incorporating working out into our lifestyle will allow us to improve our physical health.

Mental health is another area that can be greatly altered by the structure of your lifestyle. Not only can a daily routine promote healthy physical habits, but it can also alleviate anxiety, burnout, and so on. If you are struggling mentally, consider making changes to your routine to help shift your mindset. Lack of structure can frequently be the cause of stress. This can result in negative feelings, such as burnout, which can lead to more serious mental challenges over time. Consider creating a morning routine because starting off your day on the right foot can set the mood for the outcome of your day. Additionally, incorporate activities that bring joy into your daily routine. Go on a walk every afternoon, take a break to read your favorite book, or simply take five minutes to stand in the sunshine. Adding little pockets of peace into your day will benefit you mentally in the long run.

Structure in finance, of course, leads back to budgeting. Although creating a budget may feel like a simple task, sticking to your budget is a whole different animal. Living within your means and only spending what you have allotted for yourself, requires a great deal of self-discipline. However, frivolous spending can result in debt and, in turn, can allow financial stress to creep in. Focus on your financial well-being by not only creating a budget but developing a consistent habit of checking your finances daily. As an Orlando Credit Union member, this task can be easier than ever with the use of our mobile app. We offer tools, such as Money Management, that make monitoring your spending an effortless process. Money Management is a budgeting aid that can help you keep track of all your accounts in one place. You can track your spending, create a budget, manage your debts and cash flow, and even see your net worth.

Whether you hope to improve your physical, mental, or financial well-being, the best place to start is with a daily routine. Once you develop a more structured lifestyle, you will most likely see an unintentional shift toward improvement in other areas of your life.