May 20, 2020
There is no doubt that there are days that totally kick us in the booty, especially during quarantine. They leave us feeling defeated and sad and like we are in a tornado of stress and anxiety. Been there, felt that. It’s no fun. Over the course of figuring out adulthood and all the life stressors that come along with it, I have found that when I’m in a rut and having one of those “there’s literally no way I can get off the couch” moments, these are things that can help pull me out of that funk and feel those little glimpses of productivity that will *fingers crossed* lead to more productivity throughout the day.
Okay, so this is actually one that I do every day regardless. I cannot start my day until my bed is made. But that little bit of productivity in the morning to kick start the day instantly puts me in a better mood. Though it normally never happens until after I get my morning coffee…
Nothing helps start the day off better than a fully charged phone and laptop. Okay, that’s a lie. A good night sleep and coffee definitely help. BUT something about having all the gadgets charged when I wake up just makes me feel like I’m adulting right.
Quarantine has 100% thrown off my groove on this one. But let’s pretend that we made it through social distancing and we can leisurely go to our favorite coffee shops. I think this is partly forcing myself to get ready to leave the house (aka turn my slept-in messy bun to a fresh messy bun) and also the coffee shops I tend to gravitate towards (hi Morningstar and Throughgood) have the most kind baristas. But this can even apply to quarantine / work-from-home life because just driving to a coffee shop puts me in the mindset to have a productive day.
If you follow me on Insta, you know how much I love my “Tap to Tidy” posts. Never underestimate the power of a bomb playlist and a 15 minute power tidy. Yeah, yeah… it’s not a deep clean. But getting to tidy up at the end of the day after I’ve somehow managed to make my apartment look like a tornado hit and then waking up to a tidy apartment the next morning just helps move things forward a little bit better than a messy apartment.
I’ll be the first to say that this one rarely happens. It’s normally my Sunday night, “do this and you will have a good week, I’m convinced” routine. But on the days where I feel like I haven’t been productive enough (whatever that means), ending my night with a full skincare routine helps boost my mood before I get some zzzz’s.
That being said, listening to your body is key. There are days where I’ve done all five of these and still end the day in a funk or spend the whole day on the couch because that’s what my body needed that day. That’s normally when I open up my journal because there’s likely something else happening deep down that I’m not registering.
What is something you do when you are feeling not-so-great in order to feel a little bit better?