If you read “Day Three and a Half,” you are aware that I started making some changes to my lifestyle. Even though I’m currently on week two, everything is going pretty well. Keeping up with the new routines are already kicking my butt. It’s hard to alter your daily routine if you already have one, but I’m determined to stick with this one. If you keep on reading, you’ll adventure with me throughout what the average day looks like so far. I would love any additional advice or feedback on your routine(s)!
Fun fact: Studies have found that it takes 66 days, approximately 9.4 weeks, to form a new habit.
Rise and Shine Sunshine!
- Meditation or Yoga-. I pick one or the other because usually, I’m not up early enough to do both.. Whoops.
- Breakfast Time- Feed me and the dogs. This step I actually find to be my favorite part of my mornings. Usually, by now I’m up and functioning properly, but I take my time here even if I’m running a little late. I find that when I rush myself in the mornings I find my whole day to be stressful and rushed.
- Time to go-Somewhere in here I finish getting ready if I need to and off I go!
Mid-Day Check In
- Lunch Time- After my first two classes, I have approximately an hour-long break before my last class. This is the time when I eat lunch and do homework (or secretly write a blog post).
- Homework Time- If I have a lot of homework to do I knock out the little assignments first. Why? I find that when I approach big assignments right after I’ve had more information squished into my head, I lose sight of my end goal. The small assignments keep me focused; this helps me get my little assignments done and keeps my brain focused, so it doesn’t shut down during my last class.
- Slowing Down- See I know what you’re thinking now, what if I finish all of my homework? I nap. Now you may wonder if I really do, no I don’t, I wish I could fall asleep that easily. Instead of napping, I meditate and relax as much as I can. I don’t meditate in the hallways, repeating my mantra out loud, with my 27 candles surrounding me. I simply close my eyes and focus on my breathing. Meditating doesn’t last as long as it normally would because there’s more noise than I’m used to blocking out. After this, I feel refreshed and ready to go (home).
Good Evening, My Dear
- Gym or Yoga?- Depending on how much homework I have or how my day has gone in general, I choose between going to the gym or doing a longer yoga session. So far, I go to the gym because yoga is hard to do with a 50-pound dog laying on three-fourths of your mat. If I don’t go to the gym and choose yoga for the night, I skip straight to step 2.
- Dinner and Homework, Don’t Forget the Dogs!- After step one, I make/grab dinner for myself and prep the dogs food for them. Everyone takes turns with feeding the dogs, but just like in the morning I find this task helpful to make myself work on slowing down and enjoying my time at home, with my family, or simply alone. After all of that is said and done, on to homework. The big assignments. *Shutter*
- Capital W-A-L-K…- When my brain is fried or I know I just need a break, that’s when Gus hears his favorite four letter word. Time for a walk. I hope that once the weather starts to warm up, we’ll start going on longer walks; right now I just want to tire Gus out so maybe he’ll stop getting into as much trouble as he does. You know what they say, a tired dog is a good dog.
- Winding Down- At this point, it’s about 7:30-8 PM and that’s my key to start getting ready for bed. In this new routine, a lot of emphasis goes towards my sleep habits. I know in college you don’t sleep, but that’s why I try to do as much homework as I can while I’m out on campus. Practically, I’m doing the same thing to myself that I’m doing to Gus. A tired human is a good human. Either a brief 10-minute yoga session or a longer 30 to 45-minute session. Towards the end of my yoga, I really work on maintaining my breathing pattern. This really helps me when it comes to transitioning into my meditation and staying in my zone longer. I meditate for as long as I can, but I don’t force my brain to shut down. There have been nights my brain just cannot be calm, why that happens, I have no clue.
Extra Tips & Tricks
- Wake Up- In the morning when I wake up and I’m not in the mood to meditate first thing or do yoga, I do a little stretching. Anything to get my body and brain working and awake.
- Drink- Let me clarify, DRINK LOTS OF WATER. WATER IS KEY. Cheers.
- Cut the Negative Out- I’ve stopped paying attention to the negative that I would latch myself onto before. I still have “Debbie Downer” days, but now it’s not something that I bring on myself. If I don’t like someone or something, I don’t pay attention. I unfollow, I unfriend, I remove unnecessary negative vibes and replace with positive. It’s easy to do, we’re just so hooked to our smartphones and how many “friends” we have compared to the prettiest girl that went to our high school, we forget the impact those people or posts have on us.
- Sweat it Out- One thing I learned from my dad and his stubborn workout habits is you can do what you want to do at the gym or your normal workout routine, but the hardest machine or workout that you hate doing, you have to do it every time. For example, I HATE the stupid free stride machine. It’s like a treadmill/elliptical/any running machinery that was sent straight from hell. The first time I got on it I thought it was the most fun machine ever, but after one minute (I’m not kidding) my legs and lungs were on fire (yay!). I only lasted a whopping five minutes on that machine; every time I go to the gym now, even though it’s my least favorite part of my day, I beat my time I had previously. I’m up to seventeen minutes and this is after day three. In the end, after I’ve literally kicked my own ass (mentally and physically) that’s when I feel my best.
- Listen More, Talk Less- I’m notorious for talking too much. This is not an unknown fact to ANYONE. With my changes in my routine, I do try to listen more. When mom and I go to the gym and we’re warming up on the treadmills, I want to listen about her day more than talk about mine. When you actually stop talking about yourself, your kids, your life, or your problems, life is so much more enjoyable. ACTUALLY, listen to your parents or kids or significant other or dog or cat… I don’t know, whoever the hell you talk to and whoever talks back to you!