Since finishing university and being furloughed, I tend to forget what having a routine is like these days. The only routine I have is getting up ridiculously late and remembering to do my skincare routine. Hopefully, when this post goes out, I’ll be back at work, covered in PPE, interacting with other humans, and seeing my work friends. I do miss them.
Pinterest at the moment seems to be covering mental health and self-care which I am loving. Everyone deserves to be content in their lives without the stress and hassle of others getting in the way. Life is too short to be letting that happen SO here’s my little self-care bible to help you simplify those tasks you dread doing weekly or daily!
This post was written before any announcements about June or July lockdown easings.
Plan meals & daily tasks on a Sunday
Sunday is a day to forget about the week you’ve just had. Every Sunday I plan my week on my mini whiteboard in my room so I know that I have certain things to ‘achieve’ in the week. I know I’ve got nothing big to do and I can only tidy my room so many times but it’s always nice for my peace of mind to have a plan for the week. My parents and I plan our meals out on a meal planner I bought from work as, before Coronavirus, I would go out and eat with Josh as he doesn’t finish work until late in the evening. It is really handy to invest in a mini whiteboard to pop in your room along with a meal planner so you can plan your day around those factors. If you don’t fancy having a whiteboard, a diary is always a good and portable alternative, so you can update on the go!
Don’t set all the hard tasks at once
I tend to do this one a lot. Spread out the tasks and make sure you take enough breaks so you don’t overwork yourself. Set a timer for 40 minutes and after the buzzer goes off, have a 20 minute break to refocus, top up your tea and biscuit supply and get ready to tackle a new task with a fresh mind. This is really useful for bulk writing blogs or revising for exams, I wish I would have done this for my GCSEs and I possibly could have tried harder to study, especially with this schedule. I mean I did alright but exams do stress me out, I don’t do well under pressure, I get that trait from my Mam, but my Dad seems to LIVE off the pressure…weirdo. Mam and I tend to start early and then stress a tad before anything major…so I’ve resorted to drinking tea out of my fave mug and sometimes having a rich tea or two.
Make time for yourself
YES. THIS IS IMPORTANT. I am guilty of putting others before myself, we all do it, but I’ve got to learn to start standing up for myself and putting me first. Making time for yourself doesn’t exactly mean you have to copy what everyone else’s definition of the saying is. For example, I love knowing I have my own space so I can pop on an old chick flick, pack on a face mask, grab a drink and just chill for an evening. I’m currently hooked on New Girl since Netflix have released all the seasons – I’m only halfway through season one but I’m rooting for Jess and Nick to wake up and realise they need to be together…anyway, went on a bit of a tangent then. Making time for yourself can mean whatever you want it to be. The other week I cleaned my Pandora bracelets, rings and necklace and it took a full afternoon but I felt very calm and satisfied afterwards.
Make time to see friends & family
I’m currently writing most of my posts in lockdown so I don’t know what the UK’s situation will be like but hopefully when this post goes out, we can be within touching distance of each other. I really hope so, I miss Josh. I miss seeing him on pretty much a daily basis. It would be nice to see different faces again. I can’t go and visit my Grandma and Grandad often as Grandma is in the ‘shielded’ category so it’s little difficult on our family, however we did go in the garden and keep our distance for a good catch up once it was allowed. I guess it will be really weird once we are back to our new normal. The world will be a completely different place. I had to cancel mine and the boys weekend getaway to Center Parcs due to Coronavirus but it’s made us look forward to being together and going away even more…I just don’t think they are ready to meet overexcited Niamh just yet, those poor boys.
Note any occasions coming up in the month
I am a planner. Sometimes I plan too far ahead which baffles a lot of people. I mean I sorted Will and Jake’s Christmas presents out in January, within Josh and I’s budget for them. Christmas is something I take very seriously, along with my birthday and Josh and I’s anniversary. If you really know me, your present has been thought about, bought and stored for months, and is wrapped the week before, along with a card which probably mentions an inside joke for you to have a chuckle at. I am THAT friend. Josh and I have a shared calendar on our phones on TimeTree (not an ad) which lets you and multiple people input events. We mainly use it to see when we are both free in the evenings and for family events. It’s brill and it helps us keep track of each other too!