The body and mind keep a natural sense of rhythm, and as humans, we feel inclined to lean into that. What exactly is a life rhythm, though? In short, it’s a routine sense of familiarity with the motion of our days that can help us achieve peace and accomplish more as we move throughout life. When we use this to our full advantage, life becomes easier and more enjoyable and offers so many more opportunities to explore things that bring meaning.
When We Lack Rhythm
We often find rhythm in our lives naturally, whether or not we look for it. However, if we aren’t intentional, it can encourage negative patterns rather than positive ones. Life does fall out of sync sometimes, and we can get caught up in dysfunctional habits. Often, this can cause stress — the body’s natural response to unfamiliar situations. Stress can lead to all kinds of struggles, such as mental health declines, dependence on alcohol, unhealthy habits and forgetfulness.
However, there are ways to cultivate healthy rhythm with consistency so we don’t fall into bad habits and negative patterns. When we turn our attention to a few specific practices, rhythm becomes easier with each passing day.
1. Have a Sleep Schedule
While getting enough sleep each night is a huge part of leading a healthy lifestyle, making your rest work for you can’t simply stop there. Having a regular schedule is a part of getting quality shuteye that prepares you for the day ahead. Even though you’re asleep for it, the time you spend in bed helps with the momentum of your days. When your body clock adjusts to going to sleep and waking up at the same time every day, you’ll feel more prepared and alert for the activities of the morning.
2. Write Your Routine or To-Do List
When getting into the habit of your rhythm, it can help to write out everything you currently do in a day, then shape your to-do list or routine based on that. This can include tasks, chores or work. When you know what you do and perhaps what is missing from your schedule, you can shape a list to help guide you in solidifying your rhythm.
3. Keep Active
One of the hallmarks of rhythm is to keep moving. Staying stagnant for too long can leave you bored or restless, while at the same time, constantly moving and tiring yourself can leave you drained. You need an ebb and flow — a balance in activities. Building active movement like walks and stretching into stagnant days or resting on busy ones can help the mind and body stay balanced.
4. Have a Morning and Evening Routine
Routines can help you find and pace and familiarity in your daily rhythm. Humans crave this, as it creates comfort and ease. While having a bedtime or a specific set of practices for when you rise may feel silly, it will help you in the long run.
5. Adjust as Needed
One of the most beneficial things you can do for your daily rhythm is to make sure you’re open to changes. When you start off being intentional about your routine, things will be imperfect. Details may evolve over time with schedule shifts and responsibilities that come in and out of your life. Figuring out when and where you need some changes in your schedule is a part of creating an intentional rhythm that works sustainably.
Get in the Groove
No matter who you are, creating a life rhythm can help you feel more fulfilled and happy with your routine. The longer you do it, the more natural it will feel. Soon, you’ll freely glide through life with confidence, ease and intention.