I think routine is really, really important. A regular routine gives me direction, and that helps me to keep moving and keep doing things. It’s less of a physical keep doing things and more making sure that my mind is on a subject, because when it’s not focused towards something, it goes in circles, doesn’t know what to do, and gets lazy.
Even if I’m on holiday and I don’t have a lot on my plate, there are always little things I do to gain that structure.
I also find it's important to be able to switch off rather than have my mind going over and over the same things and dwelling on them. After a tough day, I try to either get outside somewhere, or watch TV, whatever works to switch off my brain. I work in advertising and my job does get stressful. It can be tough to leave the office behind at the end of the day. I find having a few favourite shows to binge is great for unwinding and helping to switch off for a short break - otherwise my mind is just going over stuff.
I know alcohol doesn’t help me, but I still indulge occasionally. It’s an interesting approach to wellbeing because I know it can trigger things, but I prefer to learn to manage things, and to know my limits. Wellbeing for me is about doing things to stay in control. It’s about learning what my triggers are, learning to know my body and what I’m feeling, and knowing how to actively manage myself, so that I can be well and still enjoy the lifestyle I want.