When the world is feeling a bit too much, it can be hard to pull yourself back up. Follow this routine to help bring structure and positivity to your day!
07:30 – 08:00
Waking up early in the morning is the last thing anyone wants to do; however, this is possibly the best step you can take to feeling yourself again. It eliminates the need to rush in the mornings in turn, will reduce your stress levels. There will be more time to motivate yourself for the day ahead.
Make drinking a glass of water your priority as soon as you wake up. Water first thing will give your body the hydration it needs to start the day. Another essential step is to open up your curtains or blinds. Letting the light into your room can help you to feel more awake. In the darker months, many of us suffer from the seasonal affective disorder (SAD) which can disrupt our daily lives significantly. Therefore, it’s important to be in natural daylight.
08:00 – 09:00
Have a shower and freshen yourself up for the day. Take this time to take care of your skin. You may have neglected your skincare so now is the day to start it again. Sometimes when you feel overwhelmed by everything in your life, you forget to do the little things that make you feel better. Taking care of your skin can make you feel good!
Time to eat breakfast, the most important meal of the day which you have probably heard your whole life! However, as much as you would want to miss it, you need to eat. If you dislike eating breakfast, try something little such as a piece of fruit to kickstart your morning.
The morning 09:00 – 12:00
Create a to-do list of what you need to complete in your day. Be realistic and try not to write a long list which will overwhelm you. Write a list of tasks that you will be able to sensibly complete in one day.
Utilise these few hours to get anything done that you have been putting off. Does your room need cleaning? Are you a university student with work piling up? Work through your list of things to do and worry about getting it all finished now as there will be time later in the day to do so.
The afternoon 12:00 18:00
Eat a healthy lunch, drinking more water!
After eating lunch, go outside and get some fresh air. You could go for a walk around your area and walking is an easy way to exercise. Meet up with a friend, grab a takeaway coffee and have a catch up while exercising!
Carry on with your list of tasks, working through ticking them off as you go. You will feel so much better once you finish your list!
The evening 18:00 – 19:00
Make and eat dinner. Making dinner from scratch is a lot healthier for you and will help you to feel better in yourself eating good food.
Use your evening to chill out by watching a film or your favourite Netflix series!
21:00 – 23:00
Get ready for bed! Having a bath will relax you, add a bath bomb or bubble bath. Look after your skin again; keep it simple. Unwind from the day. This is your chance to reflect on the day and ask yourself, how do you feel? Having a notebook and writing two or three sentences answering this question can help you in your reflection.
Leave your phone on charge somewhere out of reach. This is most likely a challenging step, as many of us use our phones right before we sleep. Nevertheless, going on your phone at this time will mean it will be harder to fall asleep but also tougher to wake up the next day. Chamomile tea and sleep sprays can also help you go to sleep quicker.
Listening to relaxing sounds can make a big difference when you are finding it hard to sleep. Apps such as Headspace and Prizz are resources out there you can use, recommended by the NHS will help with this. In no time at all, you will be fast asleep.
By Eleanor Coleman