5 Daily Habits To Establish in 2021
Admittedly 2020 was rough for me.
So I missed the “let’s get our lives together and figure out how to be efficient human beings while we’re stuck at home” wave.
I’m very clearly always behind, but I’m getting there.
Establish A Morning Routine
Since I struggle with anxiety and depression, I really have to actively push myself everyday to get out of bed, get moving, get things done and try to keep positive. One thing that has really helped me has been establishing a morning routine rather than aimlessly scrolling through my phone in bed till lunchtime. I’ve gotten into the daily habits of working out and showering specifically in the morning to get my day started. Previously I would procrastinate and put it off and just waste my day. I’ve also found changing into something other than my pj’s have helped. I’m late to the lounge set game, but they have been a game changer for me as well as throwing on a few pieces of jewelry. Overall I’ve just found that if I think I look good, I feel good. As far as breakfast goes, I typically just opt for a premier protein banana protein shake and that holds me over till lunchtime!
Care For Your Space
I once saw on TikTok that instead of thinking you have to clean your room or your house, you should instead think of it as caring for your space and honestly I love that. I like that it gives a positive spin on an otherwise annoying chore. But, every morning I like to make my bed, tidy up the couch, put any knick knacks away and swiffer sweep my floor. As long as I can remember, I’ve never been able to effectively get work done in a cluttered and messy environment. I need clean and tidy and lots of free space on my desk to be able to work. So I’ve found that getting into a daily habit of caring for my space to provide a clean environment for myself has been very helpful.
Just like working out, I feel like drinking enough water is always a goal for everyone. And honestly, not to brag but I’m killing it in the “getting your daily water intake in” game. When I started my weight loss journey, I purchased a huge 64oz water bottle on Amazon. At first I found it difficult to get through the day even without the guided times, but overtime it had become such a part of my daily habits that I don’t even think about it. I easily finish my 64oz water bottle and then some and I can even tell the difference in how I feel when I’m slacking on my water intake.
Make Time To Connect
With being home all the time, I’ve found myself easily getting lost in myself. Between falling in the trap of mindlessly scrolling for hours, I can also get trapped in my own world where I only focus on myself and everything is about me. So it helps when I pull myself out, put all the distractions away and make time to connect with my loved ones. I FaceTime my best friend at least once a week to check in. I chat with my mom about her day when she gets home and we’ve also been binge watching The Great British Baking Show together. I also carve out time to have lunch with Eddie and watch a show or movie together where we put our phones away. I’m a natural introvert and so if I’m allowed to fold inward I absolutely do and I can get stuck there so making time to pull myself out and connect with others has helped.
A tale as old as time at this point, but I’ve been trying to log off especially at night. That includes turning the computer off, getting off social media and putting the phone away, overall just getting away from that blue light. My current favorite nighttime routine is making a hot cup of earl grey tea and reading a book. I’ve found that it centers me and really helps me wind down and it’s probably one of my favorite daily habits.