It’s easy to fall into a pattern of bad habits and forget to take care of yourself. On my worst days I want to stay in bed all day; my responsibilities sometimes suffer greatly because of it. Dishes and laundry pile up, bills fall behind, I start to lose touch with my friends and family. It’s hard to be motivated when you are depressed or anxious, but it’s important to try to stick to a schedule and get into the habit of taking proper care of yourself regardless of how you feel. There are lots of ways you can get over feeling restless and unmotivated. Try some of these tips and see what works best for you.
Waking up early is good for starting your day right. You can get more done by getting to bed at a reasonable time and getting up bright and early. You can start your day by drinking your favorite tea or coffee, or drinking a glass of water. Personally, I like to take a moment out of my morning to sit and be mindful of my surroundings. Eating breakfast is also essential. If you take medication in the morning, it is helpful to set a separate alarm just for meds. Also, keep your meds in the same spot so you never lose them. Of course, if you work morning shifts, you are likely already used to a routine to get yourself ready for a full day. Even on days like that, take a moment to breathe and orient yourself. When you wake up early, you don’t have to feel rushed, and you can face the day head-on.
Five Minute Journal
My therapist suggested this method to me and I use it daily – I find it really does help me organize my thoughts, and helps me keep a record of my progress. Once a day (usually in the morning), I take a few minutes to jot down a list of things I need to get done that day. This can range from small tasks like cleaning my room, or necessary things like paying my bills on time. On my bad days where I don’t feel like taking on too much, I try to keep it simple: this can include things like going outside and taking a walk. This method makes me feel like I have a little more control over my life. It’s easy to let things slip by, but that never does anything good in the long run. Tackle what you can for your list depending on how you feel that day. I feel better and more accomplished when I can cross things off my list at the end of my day. Journaling your thoughts can also help let out negative feelings and get things off your chest; the best thing about journaling is that no one else has to read it.
Having A Space to Be Yourself
When our living space is chaotic, it feels like our lives are as well. We start to look at our messes and become overwhelmed with the chores we neglected to take care of. I like to take a few hours out of my day to catch up on housework. Cleaning up your personal spaces can help you be more productive, create healthier living habits, and feel more accomplished once you are done. Decluttering your spaces will help you feel relieved; plus, you can get more work done properly! One thing that really motivates me is getting to decorate with my own personal style. I find it fun to shop for more things to put in my room – it’s nice just having the space to showcase things that make me happy. I like to hang up my art and pictures of my loved ones on my wall. You spend a lot of time in your room, so make it a relaxing place where you can unwind.
Taking steps toward a better you isn’t easy, but taking small steps is still progress! If you can’t do all of this at once, you can do little by little each day until you feel confident to take on more tasks. Self-care can be different for everyone, so take time to figure out what works best for you. Repetition is the key: once you do something enough times, it gets easier. The trick is taking the initiative to do it. As always, don’t be afraid to reach out to people. Taking care of yourself allows you to be the best you can, and there are always people out there who want to see you succeed.