Having a routine can help you feel safer because you know what to expect1
Having a routine can reduce stress and can have a positive impact on your mood2
Having a routine
can promote health and wellness2
Because depression can stop you feeling in control, you may find that setting up a regular routine can help. The science behind this is, that when we organize ourselves and know what to expect, we have more personal resources that can be used to look after our mental and emotional health.
This is not surprising because routines protect and help people feel safer because they know what to expect.1
Not having a routine can negatively affect your stress levels, sleeping, and eating.2 Scientists believe that having a routine can promote health and wellness through structure and organization.2 Having a routine can help reduce stress and have a positive impact on mood.1,2 Not only can it improve your mental health, a routine can also improve your overall health and well-being.2
Heintzelman SJ, King LA. Routines and meaning in life. Pers Soc Psychol Bull. 2019;45(5):688-699.
Northwestern Medicine. Health benefits of having a routine. Available from: https://www.nm.org/healthbeat/healthy-tips/health-benefits-of-having-a-routine. Accessed on: December 9, 2019.