How have you been?
I’ve been busy. I’m very excited about all of the new changes in my life, with my new job and my new blog! Staying busy, although new and fun, has pushed me further and further from a routine that made me happy and healthy. As you may have read from my 2016 goals, this year, I planned on creating a routine that would keep my mind at ease and my body in check. I’d established such a routine last month that I was actually rather fond of before things got a little crazy. I felt productive in those couple of weeks or so before I had to really focus on work. Recently, I’ve felt lazy and unplanned. My anxiety levels are at a high, and I really need to push myself back into that productive place.
I’m going to share with you some of my favorite tips that helped me feel balanced and focused last month. Maybe sharing will help to push myself back into the swing of things, and I hope it may inspire you to do the same!
Yoga and a Tall Glass of Water
I would start every morning, begrudgingly, rolling myself out of bed, down the hall, and onto my yoga mat. It always helped that I left my YouTube video (Yoga with Adrien) open the night before, so all I had to do was wake up my laptop and press play! Getting into yoga was the hardest part, but after I started my breathing and focusing on the day ahead, it energized and excited me for the things I had to do that day. Before and after my yoga session (usually 20-30 minutes), I would drink a tall glass of water or two, just to hydrate and wake up my body and joints. A hint of lemon juice helps jump start metabolism too, and it tastes great too!
Breakfast and Tea
After my body felt refreshed and stretched out, it was time for fuel. I prefer a big ole breakfast smoothie: bananas, peanut butter, pineapples, soy milk, etc. But sometimes, to be honest, I’m just quite lazy. So instead, I’ll go for a couple slices of whole wheat, PB&J toast. That usually holds me over until lunch time.
Working at my old job, I used to drink Starbucks coffee almost every single day. The caffeine kept me awake and energized for the majority of the day, but the crash always hit me so hard, and the espresso upped my anxiety by 1,000,000%. One day, I decided to order a London Fog latté, and fell in love. And then I thought to myself, ‘You know what would be better for your mental health and pocketbook? Drinking tea everyday.’ And then I made the switch and I’m now actually addicted to the stuff. Nothing makes me happier than a cuppa Earl Grey in the mornings. Or afternoon. Or before bed. It gives me that warm and cozy boost I need for my day.
I typically check my social media sites in the morning, still laying in bed with my hair a muss, which is a horrible, horrible habit to get into! I find myself unmoving for at least a half-hour before I really have to drag myself out of bed. I’m trying to get better at getting up and getting ready before checking my phone. So I decided tea-time is probably the best time to check and update all social media platforms. If I want to stage a flat-lay for Instagram, I took the time to do it now, while I’m relaxed, before I’m rushing to post something as I head out the door.
Write a to-do list!
As you’ve read from my Focusing on the Now post (or as you can probably tell from this blog), I love a good list. And to-do lists keep me focused on the tasks at hand. I typically wait to make my to-do list until I’ve calmed down a bit. This way, I can add “yoga” and “making breakfast” to my to-do list and I’ve already felt accomplished for my morning by checking two things off my list! It’s a great trick to keep you motivated for all of your tasks during the day!
For myself, housework needs to come first. Dishes and laundry come before fun things like my blog or my drabbles because if I start on my blog first, my dishes will be sitting dirty in the sink the rest of the day. That’s just the way my mind works. I also feel less guilty binge watching X-Files on Netflix if I hear my laundry running in the dryer. Plus, housework done means those little boxes get ticked before the fun stuff!
Alright, after the exercise and tea have woken me up, and the social media has been checked, and the to-do list has been checked, and the house is clean, I finally get to do the things I love and the things that make me happy. I can relax with my computer, typing out my <drabbles> or brainstorming my blog. The X-Files can go on in the background, and I can sip my second or third cup of tea in peace.
This is the routine I’m striving to go back to. What is your happy routine? What step of your routine would you consider most important? Let me know in the comments below!