Ah, the sound of silence. My kids are back in school.
My three were keen to head back to school today, although T1 and T2 tried their best to hide it. My girl was beyond excited, looking forward to her new teacher (first time she has a male teacher. Stay tuned for updates), seeing her friends again, and felt no shame in showing her enthusiasm. The routine of school, homework, extra-curricula activities and playdates is comforting—to them and me.
And just like that, my life is back in balance.
Why is it that routines give us balance, I wonder. Well, at least that is my experience of routines. I am an uber-organised person, so I favour the positive effects of following routines; others may find them stifling and cause a feeling of being off-balance, or out of sorts. I am no psychologist but I’ve thought about a few ways in which routine helps me to lead a balanced life.
Personally, routines help me to combat boredom. Now that school’s back, I know that my day will consist of: get the kids to school, do some exercise, write, read, pick up kids from school, take them to various activities, dinner, TV and bed. It may sound mind-numbingly boring to some, but for me, I breath a happy sigh of comfort. If I become bored, then I tend to eat, and make not-so-healthy choices in what I eat. As some of you may know, I am trying to eat (and drink) healthier this year, and be more active. So, boredom is a no-go zone.
Structure brings a balance and positivity to my mental health. I don’t like to feel stressed, or rushed, or late and, in those times when I have felt that way, my brain snaps and I start acting out with a snippish tone and angry words. This tends to have a ripple effect on those around me. So, no structure brings a lose-lose outcome.
True, I am a bit of a control-freak, so a routine helps me to hold the reins of my day. But having control of my day helps me to achieve goals and not drown in the well of procrastination. So, control can be a positive thing.
And while I’m on the subject of being in control of my day, I shall excuse myself. I am off to have a very excellent, quiet day. At least until 3.30PM.
Have a good day!