It’s been a couple of months since my morning routine posts and thought it was time to continue the series.
After a long day in London, washing the day away is
bliss. But, for me, my night time routine is more about preparing for the next
day than dealing with the one just gone.
Sticking to a routine and completing my skin-care routine before going to bed, always makes me feel better in the morning. Don’t underestimate how much better the day starts when your skin is feeling nice and fresh!
I’m starting this post with a confession. Despite my recent morning routine posts, I’m rubbish at a routine. I have days where I go all out: my skin gets slathered in every (probably contradicting) product I have and I feel yes, I’ve done self-care.
Cue the following three days where I do nothing.
Then I have a weekend splurge.
Seeing the pattern? It doesn’t do me any good, either.
It’s not just skin-care that I’m like this with, but
pretty much everything. I try and do too much, leaving no time for anything and
everything is an effort rather than a habit. I was searching for coping
strategies for anxiety, and came across the idea of a self-habit tracker.
Admittedly, I think the idea is to see what triggers anxiety off, but I adapted it to suit my needs.
Working full-time makes achieving others things difficult. Keeping up-to-date with a blog, going to the gym three times a week, trying to work on my novel and still have time for inconsequential things like sleep and food means there literally aren’t enough hours in the day.
After a bad week in which I achieved nothing and felt frustrated and antsy, I started thinking about little things I do each day that helps makes it possible. Of course, weekends are spent running around, writing up posts, crawling around taking pictures – the usual. But without what I’m now fondly referring to as my life hacks, I wouldn’t even make it that far.
I commented last month how much things can change in the space of a few weeks, and the same thing occurred in June. Despite starting it on a high, it’s ended in such a way that I’m glad to leave the month behind and start fresh in July.
I’ve got my goals and I’ve got a plan of action: this
is going to be my month for focusing on what I want to achieve this year. We’re
over halfway through 2019 (how?) and I realised just the other day that I’m
still in the same place I was at the start of the year.
It’s time to start prioritising the things I care about. After neglecting the novel for the entirety of June, it’s top of the pile for things to tackle in July. I completely ignored the blog last week in a way I’ve never done before, so back to content, promotion and engagement. No more waiting for things to happen: July me is going to take control!
Some months are good. Some are bad. Some are a strange
mixture, starting with an anxiety attack and finishing with the satisfaction of
making it to the gym three times a week for an entire month – a first this
I’ve consciously been putting me first, for once. I’ve
started a habit tracker so I look after myself better. I’ve realised that an
extra item crossed off the list is not worth missing sleep on and have focused
on getting more rest. But, more importantly, I’m coming to realise that
sometimes you just have to catch up and breathe, rather than setting
Sounds logical, right? For me, it’s a huge deal, a learning curve and a working process. Being conscious of it means I’m hoping to get into better routines and habits, and I’m excited to see what June will bring.
I love spring! All seasons have their pros and cons, but there is something about coming out of the cold and dark months that makes me feel inspired. Fresh growth is everywhere, flowers are coming out and I feel ready to achieve!
I’m the type of person
who has a tidy-room-tidy-mind mindset. I try and keep my space tidy at all
times: still living at home means I’m restricted to my bedroom. I can’t focus
when there is clutter around me.
That being said, I love a spring clean! Going through my drawers, sorting everything out properly, always motivates me into achieving things.
I was thinking about mental health and realised the
only time I address it here is when things are going wrong and I’m struggling:
having a rant sometimes seems like the only option.
I struggle with anxiety. In the past, it has been the
fun mixture of anxiety and depression, but thankfully I deal better with the
latter due to life settling down. The same is true of anxiety; I manage it much
better now. But I’m unable to switch off properly, constantly not feeling
anything is enough and it’s all going to go to hell if I don’t burn myself out
on a weekly basis.
Needless to say, that is neither healthy nor sustainable. But – probably because life has settled down – I’m trying to focus on dealing with it this year. I still find it difficult to talk about in reality because those closest to me don’t seem to quite understand. Over the last few months, I’ve read multiple blog posts that have helped and I wanted to share some of the things I’ve learnt.