Morning Routine: How to make it count

How you start your day in the morning set the mood for your entire day. It needs to be started off right. The morning is a time for fresh starts.

Mornings can set the whole mood of the day. It helps me determine if my day will be good or bad, productive, or unproductive. A morning routine is how you start your day.

I have experienced that in this time of uncertainty, my morning routine is how my day will go. I try to stick with it every morning, even on the weekends.

On the weekends, I adjust my wake-up time so that I can sleep in, but I always set my alarm. I have a time where I don’t let myself sleep past. This consistent time can guarantee that my day won’t be wasted.

No matter what time it is, I spend a few minutes lying in bed. I check the news and my email. There are a ton of articles saying you shouldn’t check your phone first thing, but I choose to.

What you want to do when you first wake up is totally up to you. Maybe jumping out of bed and going for a run is your cup of tea.

When I get out of bed, I go to the living room and socialize for a bit. There I play a strategy game. This game allows my mind to wake up.

Morning: Breakfast

I then decide what to make for breakfast. My go-to breakfast is scrambled eggs with cheese and toast with honey. I have found that it is the best breakfast to hold me over.

I change it up from time to time. Variety is important. I will also have oatmeal some days and cereal with milk others. Breakfast can fuel you for the day, so I can move from my morning properly.

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Schedule: Find normalcy during quarantine.

With the current stay at home orders, happening, schedules have changed. It is important to keep a sense of normalcy in a world of uncertainty.

As I mentioned in my earlier post, our lives and schedules have abruptly changed. Our daily routines look different. It is essential to find some sense of normalcy in your everyday life.

The idea is to work from home. For some, this can be difficult. There are many more distractions around. There is a chance that productivity can decrease.

I have found that sticking to a schedule or close to a schedule keeps me productive. If I schedule my day correctly, I can complete everything I need to do and still have time for leisure activities.

I start with a consistent wake-up time. I find that with a regular wake up time, I can plan out my day, so I know my day won’t be wasted because I slept in too long.

After I wake up, I go through my morning routine (which I will discuss in a later post). I eat breakfast and then figure out what I need to do that day. I am in school, so at the beginning of the week, I decide what needs to be done each day.

Schedule during the day

Based on the amount of work I need to get done that day, I decide when I will take a walk or do household chores. I have found that I work best when I break the homework with the housework.

Before any work begins, I shower and get dressed. It puts me in the mindset of working. I also move down to the dining room. Wherever I move to, I get off my bed.

Throughout the day, I do my homework and my schoolwork. I put my phone on silent, so I don’t have the distraction of people trying to communicate with me.

I have found an app that has made my schedule does work for 25 minutes and then take a 5-minute break. After doing 2 hours of this, I take a 15-minute break. This has proven to work for me. But you need to find a routine that makes for you.

At the end of the day, around dinner, I change into comfortable clothes and do what I feel like doing. The only scheduled thing about my night is when I go to bed. Going to bed at a consistent time allows me to wake up and not be tired.

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Quarantine: stimulate the brain at home

In this different time of being told to stay home and quarantine, we need to find activities to do. I have activities in this post that stimulates the brain

In these times of self-isolation and quarantines, it is easy to become bored and not sure what to do. I feel as though it is essential to keep the mind stimulated. There is plenty to do that doesn’t include watching Netflix all day.

Netflix or watching tv is excellent and can be a nice break from the news. A lot is going on in the world right now.

Puzzles

One option is to do a puzzle. These puzzles can be the cardboard kind or a crossword puzzle or sudoku. According to a USA Today article, puzzles have a lot of benefits. They improve memory, visual-spatial reasoning, lower stress levels, and can improve one’s mood.

Mood improvement can be a vital benefit. Being cooped up in a house with either just yourself or your housemates can drive you crazy. We all need some mood-boosting at this time in the world.

Reading

Another thing you can do to pass the time is read. Reading can transform your world. There is potential to get into a different world and maybe forget about the crazy times we are in.

Reading can expand your vocabulary, improve memory, stimulate your brain, improve your focus and concentration, and increase your knowledge. It has also been known to reduce stress. (Lifehack.org)

Writing

I have personally found that writing is a great thing to do. I have been keeping a personal journal for quite some time now; this allows me to write my thoughts down. Once they are on paper, I can make sense of what I am feeling.

This process allows me to feel relaxed and see the issues I am facing with a clear mind. I find it like talking to someone without them talking back.

Self-care

The critical thing to remember during these times is self-care. Take care of yourself. This may mean taking a break from the news for an afternoon, getting outside, and get vitamin D. I strongly feel like making sure you keep in contact with friends. We are lucky enough to be in a time where it is easy to communicate with each other from a distance.

Just remember to listen to what your body and mind are saying you need. This is a time where we need to take care of ourselves. Good luck with your quarantine.

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Transferring schools: How to deal with change

The decision to transfer schools can be stressful and nerve wracking. There is a lot of unknown and the process of relearning can be difficult.

My decision to transfer schools after my first year of college was not one I made lightly.

When I went applied to college, I thought I had some idea of what I wanted to do. I did have an idea. I looked at schools, but I had not idea what I was really looking for.

It wasn’t until part way through my freshman year when I realized I wasn’t where I was supposed to be. With my injury, learning takes me longer to learn than others.

Luckily, when you go to college, where you go is not set in stone. There is always the option to take a year off or change schools.

With the friends I had made at school, it was quit the unpopular choice. They did not want to see me go. I was so unsure of this decision I didn’t tell my family. They only found out when the acceptance letter from the new university came.

I was extremely nervous to make the change. I really wanted to stay at the school where I was already comfortable at and with the friend, I had worked so hard to make.

Transferring: Getting used to it

Putting nerves aside, I knew this was the right choice. In the long run it was going to safe me money and I was closer to home. It felt like the right choice.

I did have one person step out of my life because of the decision. He thought I was selling myself short and wanted nothing to do with it.

I worked hard to stay in touch with the friends I had made at the first school. We talked via skype many times throughout the semester and we talked many times during the week.

 It was difficult for me to make new friends at the new school because I had missed orientation. I was lucky enough to find one friend who I loved to hang out with. From there I met people in classes and through that good first friend.

Switching schools was the best decision I made. Do not be afraid to make decisions because of nerves. I am an anxious human. But, the ability to push through the nerves and go with what you believe is right for you.

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