The biggest complaints/excuses is probably that people don’t have time. Don’t have time for their health, don’t have time to do everything that needs to be done, don’t have time to accomplish things…you get the idea. Yes, we are all limited by our time, and everyone–including myself–is guilty of using this at one time or another. Our lives are marked by chaos and hassle as we run from one thing to the next always seeming to forget this or be late to that. Life often gets busy and in the way, I understand!
To combat this, however, I started developing routines at night and in the morning so that I could become the best, healthiest, and most productive self that I could be! Creating these routines for yourself can save you the stress and hassle of being rushed as well as create a productive, healthy lifestyle hat you can manage and most importantly live! While these routines are heavily catered to my personal life, they are all able to be adapted, applied and modified to your own life!!
- Get up with your alarm: Hitting snooze is not going to help you start your day off right. If you find yourself doing this, place your alarm across your room so you have to actually get up to turn it off.
- Wash your face: I know this may seem simple, but not only does it benefit your skin and healthy, it also helps you wake up and feel refreshed!
- Make your bed/tidy up your room: Coming home from a long day of school, work, etc. to a messy room can actually increase your stress. Studies show that making your bed actually increases your feeling of accomplishment for the day and that having a clean room helps you sleep better at night!
- Exercise: For me, I find that working out in the morning helps keep me active, energized and alert for the rest of the day! I know it isn’t always possible to do so, and sometimes I have to workout at night and that’s okay. But, if you have the ability to try working out in the A.M., do it!
- Drink Water: Drinking 8-16 oz. of room-temperature water upon waking up helps your body flush toxins out, balance itself out and get everything started! Not to mention that this will help you reach your goal of enough water throughout the day!
- Read something: For me, its chapters in the bible or some bible verses to get my day started. For you, it could be the newspaper, a book you enjoy, a personal development book, etc. Whatever it is, reading will help stimulate your mind as well as give you a good, positive start to the day.
- Eat a good breakfast: Last, but certainly not least (maybe even most important), is to eat a good, nutritious, breakfast! I’m not talking grabbing a granola bar or fast-food on your way out the door. Feed your brain and yourself something healthy and filling to start your day off right!!
- Pack for the next day: When I would have to wake-up early for practice and then head straight to class after, packing my bag the night before saved me time, hassle and the possibility of me forgetting something! Whatever it is you have the next day, pack everything up the night before to help you be less hassled and more productive!
- Prepare your food: Because eating healthy, nutritious meals can help power you through your day and handle stress better, ensuring that you have these foods is easier when packed the night before. Make yourself some overnight oats, freezer breakfast sandwiches, or even some eggs to heat up the next morning. Also, if applicable, pack your lunch and snacks the night before to save yourself time the next morning!
- To-Do List: Often people get stressed by trying to write their big to-do list in the morning. Instead, try picking out your top 2-3 things that need to get done first and foremost, and writing them down at night to get it off your mind!
- Turn technology off: 1 hour before bed stop using technology such as your phone, computer, tv, tablet, etc. It may seem impossible to do, but I promise you, you’ll get a better and more restful night’s sleep if you do. Your email, friend, social media will still be there in the morning, but without good sleep your healthy and productivity may not be!
- Stretch/Roll Out: It always feels good to wind down at night by rolling out and stretching before bed. It helps loosen up my body and any tension-areas as well as calms me down to relax for a good night’s sleep!
- Read: Instead of technology, I find myself winding down with a good book in bed. Not only do I enjoy it and look forward to doing so after a busy day, but it also helps relax you more too!
So there you have it: morning and evening routines to help you be your best for the day! I would also suggest going to bed and waking up at the same time every day–weekday or weekend. I know sometimes you’ll stay out later with friends or want to sleep in, and that’s okay! But try to have a set time for most mornings and evenings! Creating routine in your life will help make you less-stressed as well as healthier, happier and more relaxed so that you can enjoy life–that’s what it’s meant for after all!