I have found that when you love life, life will love you back.” – Arthur Rubinstein
For the past month, I have been trying to improve my mood and well-being by changing my routine and creating habits that are good for me. I know that as humans, we all naturally follow a routine and struggle to break bad habits, so instead of adding limitations to myself, I’ve decided to just build new habits that will stick and impact me for the better.
Repetition is key to starting a new habit that you want to stick. Start slow (you don’t have to do everything on this list!) and be patient with the results.
Make your bed
This sounds like a simple task, but I know during these cold mornings, we’re all too tired to do anything else other than hop out of bed and rush to get ready for the day. But, I started taking the time to make my bed the second I get out of it and it’s been so rewarding! It’s so comforting to have a put-together space as I get ready for the day and so nice to see when I come home. I’ve made my bed everyday for the past month and turned it into a natural habit, rather than a task I have to do! To motivate myself every morning, I sleep with the blinds open, so I can wake up to natural light and I keep a scented wax burner by my bedside, which I look forward to turning on the second my alarm goes off.
Listen to a “rainy day” playlist at least once a day
This is a huge mood booster! Making it a habit to listen to a few acoustic or relaxing “rainy day” songs every day can really improve your mindset and productivity. I have been waking up every morning looking forward to listening to my playlist as I do my makeup. I’ve also started playing acoustic songs during my showers and as I walk from class to class. Here are some of my favorite playlists on Spotify and one of my own:
DURING THE DAY
Take a break to recharge
Designate a time in your day to take a moment to relax. No homework, no studying, and absolutely no stressing out. I like to make myself a cup of tea or coffee and scroll through Pinterest until I am finished with it. You could also use this time to meditate, read, or even take a walk outside for a few minutes! Do whatever makes your soul feel content and refreshed. You can also check out my Pretty Things & Witty Words board to spark some mid-day motivation.
Give your brain a bedtime.
This may sound ridiculous coming from a college student who is used to staying up until 3 AM studying, but trust me, your brain (and sleep schedule) will thank you. My goal for this past month has been to always finish studying before 1 AM. I know this still sounds super late, but I am a huge night owl and giving myself a “brain bedtime” is definitely a tricky thing for me to do. Which is why I’m starting slow and hopefully, as I continue to follow this rule, I can start training my body to start sleeping earlier as well. Since I stopped staying up and studying past 1, I’ve noticed that I’ve been procrastinating a lot less and becoming more motivated to study earlier in the day, since I set this cutoff for myself. I’ve also been gaining a few extra hours of sleep and been waking up feeling well-rested, which gives me more time in the morning to do my makeup and eat breakfast!
Organize your planner and backpack.
If you’re going to follow anything from this post, please follow this one! Organizing your planner and backpack will ease your stress and make you feel so prepared in the morning. I personally like to take a few minutes to jot down tomorrow’s tasks on a separate board and then review my planner to remind myself of future events, exams and important due dates. I then stock my backpack, making sure I have all of my homework finished and ready to turn in, my pen bag supplied, and the pockets stuffed with plenty of snacks and gum.
Read before bed.
This has been my favorite addition to my daily routine! I keep a book beside my bed and make an effort to read at least one chapter, or a few pages if it’s a bit long, before I go to sleep. I also light a candle and only read after I’ve removed my makeup, showered and brushed my teeth. This past month, I have been reading pages of a You Are a Badass and various poems from my bookshelf. You should read before bed because it induces better sleep, encourages empathy and stimulates the mind! Strive for self-improvement! 🙂
Spritz lavender oil on your pillow before you sleep.
Lately, I have been really into aromatherapy and purchased a bottle of lavender essential oil from my local farmer’s market, since the smell reminded me of my meditation class. Every night, I have been adding a few drops of it onto my pillow before I go to sleep, since lavender is a natural relaxant. I don’t know how I ever went to sleep without it!
I hope you can add at least a few of these habits to your daily routine! Let me know if you try any of these out. What’s your routine like?