Stick to It

So I mentioned it in the past on social media, but ever since I left my former job, I was struggling with a routine. I'll stay up until 3 or 4 AM, sleep all day, wake up at 1 or 2 PM, and I was lucky if I was able to get one task done. Many factors were the reasons why I had this unhealthy life pattern, such as insomnia, depression, anxiety, and just stressing over life. I decided after living this lifestyle for a few months, I couldn't take it anymore; something had to change. So today, I'll be sharing with you a typical routine I got into and how it's helped me stick to feeling somewhat normal.

Now, before I start, of course my daily routine may not be realistic for someone that works 9-5, or even has a job. My lifestyle or habits that work for me may not work for you, but hopefully my tips can give you ideas on how to help you stick with a routine! So usually, the first thing I'd tell you is what I do in the morning, but to understand how I got into this routine, we gotta start at night. So before I go to bed, I wash my face (I currently use the Clean & Clear Daily Skincare Essentials, and although it helps my face a lot, I do not recommend using it at all). After I wash my face, I take a fiber gummy and Melatonin pill. You can use any brand you like, but I currently use the Now Foods brand that I bought on iHerbs (not sponsored, but if wanna get 5% on some healthy stuff, you can use my code AOU7060 on iHerb).

I don't want to become too dependent on Melatonin, but I'm only using it for now to help me get in a healthy sleep cycle, and it's been helping a lot! So, back to the routine. Before I go to sleep, I put an alarm for either 6:05 AM or 6:10 AM, which is a time before my mom leaves for work. Once I wake up, I go downstairs, pack my mom's lunch for work, tell her bye, and start my day. Before I make my breakfast, I take a few different pills. I take two aloe vera gel pills before I eat (which is to help with digestion and strengthen immunity) as well as one fiber gummy. After that, I'll start making myself breakfast.

My meal choices change every morning. One day I'll have eggs, or a poppy seed bagel, or some cereal with fresh fruits; it changes depending on my mood. While I prepare breakfast, if I have a list of things I have to do, I'll prepare myself a cup of iced coffee. Sadly, due to my former job, I'm one of those people that when I drink coffee, I'm wide awake and ready to roll. If you're not a coffee drinker, you can always drink tea with caffeine in it (I'm sadly not much of a tea drinker). If you prefer to avoid caffeine in general, a cold glass of water with ice cubes can perk you up too! Even before I drink my coffee, I'll have a tall glass of cold water with ice cubes (I read in the past it helps boost your metabolism, but I don't know if there's any fact to that, so don't quote me).

After breakfast, I'll chew on an energy gummy. I'm currently using the Nature's Bounty Energy Gummies, and it really does help me have energy after a meal instead of making me suffer with a food coma. Then, I'll sit down and start planning my day by writing in my planner. If you want more details about using a planner and how it's helped me, you can read my "Organization is Key" post here! In between my breakfast and planner writing, I'll watch an episode or two of "Grey's Anatomy" (don't judge me, my sister in law got me into it and I'm almost on season 4). During my time of getting my tasks done, whether it's organizing, cleaning around the house, blogging, or anything, I'll have a small snack as the time goes by. I currently have been loving the Nature's Bakery Fig Bar in blueberry (it's dairy-free and only has 10 grams of sugar).

On the weekend it differs, but during the week, I'll start preparing dinner around 4 so the meal is hot and ready by the time both my parents are home. After dinner, I'll have some down time to either watch TV, watch some Youtube videos, or read and comment on some blogs. By 9, I start preparing to go to bed, but I never pass out until at least midnight. So there you have it! That's pretty much my morning/nightly/daily routine. I've been doing this for about a week or two, and it's helped me get a lot done in my day. In the comments below, let me know what you do to keep up a daily routine. It doesn't have to be as detailed as mine, but share with me your thoughts! As always, thank you so much for reading, comment, share, and subscribe.

*Photo by Han Chau on Unsplash