Welcome to my 16th blogpost for #Blogtober19 – anyone bored of me yet?
As I mentioned yesterday in my ‘what is my morning routine’ post – I have often received compliments on my journey through recovery with my mental disorders, but it hasn’t always been a breeze.
It is easy to forget the amount of effort that is required to drag ourselves into getting better. 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 necessarily mean that I am BOUND by them, but the consistency and regularity really does help to calm my own chaos.
In my opinion, formulating and sticking to routines can help you achieve more, to think more clearly, and have time to do what actually matters to you. They can give you your life back.
The end of the day is, in my opinion, just as important as the start.
So, in no particular order…
#1 GET YOURSELF READY FOR THE MORNING:
A messy home can be very de-motivating. It can be much easier to achieve regular, quick tidying sessions are better than the long-winded cleaning sessions you’ll be forced to do on the weekends.
PICK OUT TOMORROW’S OUTFIT:
By spending some time the night before, I can pick out an outfit that is going to make me feel good. I can spend a couple of extra minutes in bed because I don’t have to scramble through my wardrobe looking for something that’ll go. I like the feeling of going to bed knowing my clothes are neatly laid out ready for me.
PREPARE ANY FOOD YOU’LL NEED:
The moment I come home from work, I make my lunch for the next day. Before I’ve even sat down. I find it so hard to remotivate myself once I’ve relaxed and sat down. This way I save money by not having to buy every time I’m out and it’s over and done with.
ORGANISE ANY WORK/ SCHOOL/ COLLEGE/ UNI/ VOLUNTEERING MATERIALS YOU WILL NEED TO BRING:
Again, like laying out the clothes for the next day, I really benefit from having my bag organised and ready to go. It means I’m less likely to forget the important stuff, as well as reflect upon what has happened today ready for tomorrow. I also have a different bag for work and uni, so I often make sure I have swapped equipment between them both.
#2 PREPARE FOR TOMORROW’S GOALS:
It can be worthwhile to identify your most important tasks in advance, especially before all the pressures of the day arrives. It can also be helpful for getting out of bed if you set yourself some goals for that following day. Chunking the day into tasks can make it seem better than meaningless, unfilled hours.
#3 REFLECT ON YOUR DAY’S ACHIEVEMENTS:
Celebrate your wins. Even the smallest of wins. It really helps me to overcome discouragement. It helps me not to overthink and make up scenarios about things that could happen. It reminds me why its worth getting out of bed tomorrow.
#4 TAKE EVENING MEDS:
The bulk of my medications are taken at night, especially to help me sleep. I try to do this as close to the same time every night wherever possible, I’m more lenient on Friday and Saturday nights though. I try to arrange as much as possible before taking my meds, knowing that the side effects make me extremely sedated that I’m pretty much useless afterwards.
#5 RECHARGE WITH A RESTFUL NIGHT SLEEP:
I do my best to clear my head. I used to watch something on Netflix because I needed the background noise to help me drift to sleep. Now I’m finding it really useful to read before bed. I take my medications and read until they start to kick in. It’s helping me to cope with silence.
As I have always been told through sleep hygiene:
- Try to stick to the same sleep and wake schedules.
- Minimise your exposure to blue light close to sleep time.
- Try to make your room as dark as possible.
What makes up your evening routine?