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I CANNOT STRESS ENOUGH how important routines are even if you do nothing else on this list, please at least do this one. Creating routines may just save you a hell of a lot of time and keep your life somewhat on track when you are checked out. Start with the basics. Wake up at the same time, go to seep at the same time, always eat breakfast/dinner, spend ten minutes in the evening setting up yourself for success the next day. Once you have the basics you can build even more structured morning and evening routines such as making a certain breakfast everyday, reading, journaling, checking your horoscope etc.
My morning and evening routine changes every few months but this is the general structure.
4:30 am wake up.
Spend 30 minutes with my thoughts recalling dreams “waking up” essentially.
5:00 am feed my cats, wash my face, brush teeth, drink water, stretch. Start coffee and begin typing out my dream journal. Look at my bullet journal to see what the day calls for.
5:30 am get ready and leave for the gym.
5:45-6:30 am work out
6:45-7:45 am shower, breakfast, get ready for work.
8:00 pm turn off all electronics (tv, music, phone etc.) Place phone on charger double check alarms. Spend a few minutes tidying up. Check bullet journal to see what the next day asks of me. Wash face, brush teeth, shower. Set out gym clothes, set coffee pot, brew tea.
Get to bed and read, journal, or meditate until I fall asleep.
My routine may not be for everyone but for me it keeps me accountable. When I follow it I feel like I’ve had a productive day and I feel secure that I have set up myself for a good start the next day no matter what it brings.
Another thing that I have found is that the voice of my worst enemy (me) seems to be amplified when I am feeling down. It becomes way too easy to stop doing what you’re doing and listen to false assumptions of yourself on repeat. In my experience this is the quicksand of my depression. The more I struggle against it the deeper I sink until I am sitting on the floor not knowing why I’m balling my eyes out.
So what has helped me out of the blue waters of my mind? Listing to something LITERALLY DROWNING THAT VOICE OUT. Sometimes its motivational speakers (Lisa Nichols and Oprah are two of my faves) sometimes its binaural beats, but lately my absolute favorite is listening to “I Am” positive affirmations. My favorite is listed below. I will listen to this while I am going through my routine to bring me back to my reality.
I am (positive affirmations)
No seriously just cry. Sometimes we just need to get it out of our system and cry it out. One day I had been feeling so entirely overwhelmed and stressed that by the time I got home I laid on my bed and just cried. I also listened to “Find you” by Zed on repeat for 2 hours. TWO HOURS. Then I got up and I felt better and got back to my day. I kid you not it was not my intention to spend two hours listening to the same song over and over and crying but for some reason that was all I needed and then I was fine.
Stay tuned for the next portion of this toolkit!