Ahhhh…routines. Where would I be without them? They give me a sense of safety and purpose. I know not everyone is like that, but it’s not a pretty day for those around me if my routine is messed with.
Once I became disabled routines became even more important in my life. The way I did things changed, so my routines changed with me. They have become like a script written to help guide me through the chapters of my life. I have routines for cleaning the house, for cooking , for grooming, and let's not forget the daily Dr. Pepper routine.
Let's face it, there are times I want to spend the day in my comfy pajamas. Can I get an Amen? I could spend the day watching movies and mindlessly stuff my mouth full of junk. When I am having a bad day with spastic muscles that make me walk like a zombie, well those are the days I find routines are the most important and incredibly comforting.
Without a doubt, having routines throughout my day gives me a feeling of control. When you have a disease there are many moments of the day that make you feel totally out of control. But here is where it matters to me: I can control when I make my bed, clean my house, when and what I cook for dinner, and many other things. That's what routine gives me, a feeling of control over my day. And that makes me happy.
Are routines important to you?