Author: Vern Mathis Author-Nice Publishing.org
Humans are creatures of habit. We typically buy the same foods, cook the same way, sit in the same spot on the couch, and brush our teeth the same way every day. Habits and routines are part of our daily lives but they are different. Both are repeated actions, however habits don’t require conscious thought. They occur after being triggered by a cue. Routines require conscious intent and effort and must be practiced before becoming a habit. Research has shown that a routine can become a habit in 21 days when a concise, intentional, and consistent plan is utilized.
Research also suggests that people suffering from PTSD feel better with structure and consistency in their daily lives. During times of high stress and unpredictability, a structured routine can lower stress and preserve a sense of being in control. Frequently, a person suffering from PTSD who experiences a loss of structure and consistency will develop increased anxiety and negative thoughts as well as a feeling of loss of control, difficulty focusing, and the feeling of being overwhelmed.
Dr. Rachel L. Goldman, Ph.D., a psychologist and clinical assistant professor at the NYU School of Medicine, explains: “If people don't have structure and are sitting around with less to focus on, then they also probably will find themselves thinking about the stressful situation more, which can also lead to additional stress and anxiety." Who needs that, start your journey today.