Hi guys! Welcome back to my little space on the internet…
It’s official, today we have surpassed the posting-everyday-for-two-weeks-mark! It is officially day 15 into #Blogtober19! Not bad aye.
I often receive compliments on my journey through recovery with my mental disorders, but it hasn’t always been a breeze. I think it is easy to forget the amount of effort that is required to drag ourselves into getting better. Cos, let’s be honest, there have been times where I have simply NOT wanted to get better.
One of the most important staples in my recovery has been formulating morning and evening routines. That doesn’t mean that I am BOUND by them, but the consistency and regularity really does help me to calm my own chaos.
In my opinion, formulating and sticking to routines can help you to achieve more, to think more clearly and have time to do what actually matters to you. They can give you your life back.
So, in no particular order…
#1 MAKE THE BED:
A boring basic, but an important one. It is the first task you can accomplish of the day. It sounds silly, but it can provide you with a small sense of pride, you have been productive. In fact, it might even encourage you into doing another task, and another, and so on. It proves that the little things matter in our lives. Plus, if it turns out you have a rotten day, you will be greeted by a bed that is made, that YOU made, ready for you to crawl back into it.
#2 BE MINDFUL:
It can be tempting to scroll through social media like the morning newspaper. But on the days I want to be productive, I steer well clear. Well, that’s a lie, I steer clear of platforms I know I only use for comparison. One of my absolute favourite ways to start my morning is to scroll through Pinterest and look for positive affirmations to start the day. I have a whole board on positive thoughts.
I find it wonderful to start the day with calm thoughts. Trying to reinforce positive thoughts allows me to reframe how I think about myself and the day to come. I try to visualise what I want to happen so I can wish it into existence. If I can believe I can, maybe I just might.
#3 EAT BREAKFAST:
I’ve come to realise that breakfast is SO important. It gives you energy. It helps you power through the morning, which for anyone like me, can be the hardest part of the day. My meds wearing off really lingers until the mid-morning, so anything which will sustain me against the groggy side effects is welcomed.
This is also the time that I take my morning medications, as they are supposed to be taken with food.
I try to visualise what I want to happen so I can wish it into existence. If I can believe I can, maybe I just might. I start by imagining each part of my day step-by-step. Then I imagine what it will feel like if it all goes well. It’s a bit sad I know, but I’m just trying to counteract all of the negative thoughts my brain screams at me in the mornings when I am most anxious. Most of the time, it’s the not knowing I struggle with.
Make a list of all the things you want to do on that day, or on a daily basis. Brain dump and sift accordingly. Write down whatever comes to mind and schedule it in somewhere. Order these by importance to you. This allows you to gain clarity on where you spend your time during your day.
#5 EARLY TO RISE:
Rise early to prepare for your day. There is almost something satisfying in executing your routine whilst the world sleeps. It makes you feel productive. There are often fewer distractions in the morning too. It allows me to be able to put the time into my appearance that I need which will make me feel good enough for the day.
Get the important things done first.
Be consistent. Try not to miss a day. The good thing about routines and habits is that the more you do them, the easier they become. Hopefully one day, you’ll find it harder not to do them.
What is your morning routine like?