Your post summer reset.

Hi guys, how’s it going?

I know I’m probably really annoying with this, but I love reading how people try to be healthy and prooductive, since I struggle so much with that. So I’m gonna write about it anyway. I feel like all I’ve been saying for the past couple of months is that I haven’t been feeling good, but I just really haven’t. And I’m trying to change that and it’s really fucking hard. I feel like on social media everyone seems to have their shit together so much and I want to be that, but I’m just not. Okay, enough rambling…

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It’s easy to stray from your normal routines while your on holiday or it’s just incredibly hot outside. Or for me, it’s enough if I just feel a little stressed. I can’t even really pinpoint what actually threw me off my game this time, but something did. Again.

There were quite a few little things that didn’t exactly go my way and I’m still learning how to deal with the fact that I struggle with everyday life. Some days it’s so hard to just get out of bed and I’m trying to figure out how to manage life and especially Uni once it starts again in October, when I still can’t concentrate for more than five minutes at a time…

I think firstly, I need to stick to routines. If I know exactly what I’m doing as soon as I wake up, I’m more likely to stick to that instead of pressing snooze. And humans are creatures of habit, so always doing things a certain way without thinking helps us to stick to our goals. I personally always have to write those routines down, especially at first, so I have no excuse to not follow them… So get out your favourite note pad, write down a morning and evening routine (or any other little routines you want to incorporate in your days) and tape them to your mirror, or door or wherever else you’ll see them all the time.

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But also, really basically, that means eating meals at the times I normally would, getting a good nights sleep or going to your usual gym classes.

But I also need to take time to take care of my soul. I tend to focus only on achievements, so I completely ignore my feelings, but it also means that I really struggle if I’m not able to perform the way I expect of myself. So I’m trying to actively take some me-time. Just doing something I know I’ll enjoy, even if it feels like I’m wasting time or I should be doing something useful.

On holiday or during uni-free time you don’t really need to DO anything. At home you do though, whether it’s work, school or uni, household chores, but also seeing your friends and family. At the moment I get overwhelmed quite easily and I feel like I have so much to do, there’s no point in even trying. And I’m sure you can imagine how that doesn’t really help you being productive.

I’ve discovered though, that when I write down everything I need to do, how long the tasks will take and anything else I have going on in a week, I can fit everything into my week quite easily. That’s why I’m a big fan of making a weekly or daily plan. It’s basicallly like a big to-do list, but more detailed. It also gives you a chance to carve out time specifically for exercise, chores, friends and free time, which will make you feel a lot better about your week.

So I try to take one day (usually sunday) to plan the week to come. I tidy the flat and especially my desk (and I mean really cleaning it, not just pushing papers to one side :P), so that I don’t take last week’s mess into the new week with me. Then I write a very extensive to-do list and oranise that into smaller lists, stuff I need to do immediately, some things I might need to apply to for uni, there’s usually a shopping or meal prep list and a list of things I really want to do, like that exhibition I’ve been wanting to visit or our regular pub night. Then I try to fit everything into my week using a pretty weekly calendar. (Does anyone else feel way better about everything once you wrote it down on pretty stationary? :P)

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And now it’s time to get cracking. ‘Cause writing lists and being organised is great and helpful, but you still need to actually do all the stuff on your lists… But for me at least, it’s much easier to tackle things when I’ver written them down and I have a little bit of an overview. Usually, I also realise that it’s actually not as bad as I thought, so that’s definitely a bonus!

I hope you found that useful and not just depressing and I’d love to hear how you organise your life or get yourself into a routine again.

Love, H.

 

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