This post is a bit of a random post, but before sponsored posts and reviews became a big thing in the blogging world, I used to use my blog as a personal online diary & I want to get back to that. Now my physical health is starting to get a hell of a lot better; I want to focus now on my mental health, in a bid to get myself to the person I want to be! I feel I have all this physical energy, but no mental energy to do the things I want to/need to do. I'm a strong believer of routine, so hopefully, these things I'm about to list will kick my arse into gear and provide me with a routine to get me motivated for my day ahead!
1. Wake Up Early
Since I'm only in Uni once a week, and the rest of the week I work from home on a freelance basis, I can pretty much wake up whenever I want. Sounds good eh? Well, it's not! I'm now used to waking up between 11 AM and 1 PM, which means I wake up so groggy and feel guilty that I've missed a good part of the day. I want to start waking up at the same time every day, at 8:30 AM. No matter how tired I am, I will drink allllll the coffee and power through.
2. Go To Bed Early
I guess this goes hand in hand with waking up early. When you wake up at 1 PM, you aren't gonna' feel tired till about midnight logically. Which then means you aren't going to want to wake up early the next day... I really do need to follow my own tips on how to get a better nights sleep don't I?
3. Eat Healthier
Since moving in with my lovely boyfriend Adrian, I must say we've eaten so crap. Takeaways, burgers, pizzas, crisps, chocolate, you name it. It's not very good for your gut, or your brain in that sense. Ya know, healthy body healthy mind and all that jazz. We've been much better as of recent, swapping crisps & chocolate for nuts and fruit; and swapping chips for sweet potato. So, every little change helps! I just need to carry it on!
4. Exercise At Least Every Other Day
When I was living in Coventry for Uni, I went to the gym at least 3 times a week. It made me focus more; I was a lot happier, and my body thanked me for it (I was also about 2 and a half stone lighter than I am now). Although I can't afford the gym right now, I want to make a conscious effort to run around my area 3 times a week in the mornings. I've got all my gear; I just need to make myself do it!
5. Drink 3 Litres Of Water Every Day
This is such an important one for everyone; you should drink at least 2.5 litres a day! It's great for your skin, mind and body - so I really think 3 litres will help me get my arse into gear and make my days more productive!
6. Take Multivits & Remember To Always Take My Medication
This may sound like an obvious one, but trust me when you have a mental illness & a physical illness, it can be hard to forget or not want to take your meds & vits! Most the time I genuinely just forget to take my meds, but other times I put it off due to the nausea side effects etc. I need just to bite the bullet & take them, as well as my vitamins 'cause I know they'll make me better and have more energy etc!
7. Shower Every Morning
Again, this may sound like an obvious one (and a gross one), but I usually shower of an evening. However, I have found that showering in the morning wakes me up and generally makes me feel more motivated to be productive! It's just the thought of getting out of the warm bed into a cold bathroom that throws me off...
8. Putting Makeup and Get Dressed (properly Beckie, not in your PJS).
I think when you work from home, you kinda of use that an excuse to not get dressed or even brush your hair... I find getting dressed into one of my fave outfits & putting on my favourite makeup makes me feel so much better about myself and again, more motivated.
9. Have A Nice Breakfast.
No, I don't just mean a full English breakfast (well, if you're offering). I mean something that makes me happy, like a warm bowl of porridge with a banana, or even peanut butter on toast! Something that's tasty that will fill me up, so I start my day with a smile on my face.
10. Eat 3 Times A Day With Snacks.
I'm so crap with eating. I always forget to eat breakfast or lunch when I'm working from home, so then I feel very lethargic and grumpy and just end up feeling v unwell. If I make sure I eat Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner (with snacks if I'm a bit peckish), I'll be able to have all the energy I need!
11. Play With Gerbils Of An Evening.
If any of you follow me on Twitter or Instagram you'll know I've recently got two ickle gerbils called Bruce and Milky Joe. I lav them to bits, and just playing with them and talking to them raises my spirits and relieves my stresses and depressive mood swings. I need to make a habit of getting them out & handling them every evening!
I used to be such a bookworm. I love to read, and for some reason, I've stopped reading as much. I say some reason, but it's because of all this social media stuff that stops me. I used to love getting stuck in a book; I guess it's like a form of escapism for me. Like for example, how cute are these books from Watkins*?! They're such feel good books, and the organiser just makes me so excited to use it next year, eeeek! I've also just purchased a lot of books with my Uni vouchers, so hears hoping I'll be back into it soon.
Who doesn't love a good pamper eh? Putting a face mask on, deep conditioning my hair or even painting my nails just puts me in a happier, relaxed mood for the evening. And hey, who will ever say no to a pamper evening?
What do you do to make yourself happier?