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Spring Clean your Routine

March 15th, 2019

During times of uncertainty and stress, our self-care can quickly go out the window. Routines can feel arduous or be perceived as boring, overwhelming and tedious - not to mention time-consuming. However, it is in these times of pressure or stress, such as divorce or legal proceedings, that your self-care and personal routines can be an area in which you can take and maintain control.  This can be highly beneficial if many other areas of your life are feeling unmanageable.

It is courageous if you are feeling over-whelmed to implement or give focus to a self-care routine. People often view self-care as selfish – it is, however, the opposite as by looking after your own mental well-being you become better able to be available to those around you. Building on your resilience can help you manage your mood and overall feelings of well-being.


It is easy to take your own routines and self-care for granted, often the first thing we neglect when under pressure is ourselves. Deviations from stable routines can start to show in our well-being.

It is important to really consider what works for you. It might be useful to discuss this with a therapist and come up with a plan. Addressing your fundamental basic needs is an excellent place to start. Consider your sleep habits, give some thought to healthy eating patterns, if you take medication, consider when and if you remember to take it. Think about your alcohol or other substance intake and question whether you are currently active enough. 

In terms of implementing a new routine that could help you in the short term, it can be useful to start small. Go back to the basics of trying to understand and make a routine out of sleeping, eating and trying to be active. Including regular therapy in your routine can be extremely useful in terms of considering and maintaining a routine. This can be a good start in prioritising your well-being in times of adversity.

 


 

Written by

Emma Chamberlain

Counsellor / Psychotherapist
at Counselling Development

Emma Chamberlain is a respected and highly-qualified Counsellor / Psychotherapist based in Stony Stratford, Milton Keynes. Emma is experienced with successfully working with clients experiencing a wide range of issues, including anxiety, depression, stress, panic attacks, emotional distress, low self-esteem, relationship problems, work-related problems, grief, bereavement and loss, fear, anger, trauma, self-harm, sexual abuse, domestic abuse, bullying, suicidal thoughts and those struggling with life’s transitional times.

Emma has a strong academic background including a BA (Hons) in Psychology and an MSc in Integrative Psychotherapy. Emma worked extensively as a Counsellor for MIND – the UK’s leading mental health charity. Emma is an accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and works to their ethical framework.

Emma works from a humanistic relational perspective following the Clarkson 5 Relationship Model. This offers a flexible relationship based approach to counselling / psychotherapy and can include CBT/ DBT and a range of other approaches. Emma’s current research interests include exploring how counsellors and clients work together when the client has Asperger Syndrome and she is experienced in working with adults on the Autistic Spectrum.

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