This has been my everyday question to myself since the new school semester has started. I cannot begin to fathom how I’ve still managed to be alive (and be quite healthy) after not missing a day of work and school. With the neverending high level of anxiety that comes with trying to juggle performing well at work and at school, I often find myself having a hard time falling asleep and therefore having the hardest time getting up in the morning. While I’ve tried a lot of “solutions” for this dilemma, here is a list of the ones that have worked best for me.
- Stick to a sleep schedule.
I know. I KNOW. This may be the hardest thing to establish, but this is the first thing that must be done. Without a set routine, everything else under may fall apart.
Pre-2019, I go to bed by 10:30pm, read a few pages of Reader’s Digest in an upright position, while getting a Shiatsu massage for 20 mins. After the massage pillow automatically turns off, I go to sleep. By then, it is easy for my eyes to rest and my body to relax enough to make me fall asleep quick. I try my best to stay away from any light from TV, laptop, or even my cellphone at bedtime because the bluelight from your phone has some adverse effects on your sleep.
However, since the spring semester started, I could barely get home till past 9:00pm. And since I had to leave work earlier at the end of the day to make time for my school schedule, I also had to come in earlier in the day. Hence, my 8AM to 9PM work-and-school schedule. THAT’S NOT EVEN INCLUDING THE COMMUTE TIME! OKAY. I’m trying my best to not make this a rant blog anymore. Basically, my goal is to get back to my rhythm pre-school semester. And yes, even if it means I won’t get to bingewatch any more of my shows like before.
- Have a night routine before bedtime.
Having an effective bedtime routine can be just as efficient as having one in the morning when starting your day. This can be as simple as brushing your teeth and then massaging your face with a soothing facial wash. I’ve done this routine so much that I get sleepy when I brush my teeth in the middle of the day! HAHA! But on top of that, I’ve also done the routine I’ve previously mentioned above. For now, just getting all of that started again can be a big step for me because finding the time to do all of it is already a challenge.
- Make your bed.
There are a lot of reasons why one should make their bed in the morning. For me, it’s symbolical. It means I’ve accomplished my first task for the day; and it only took me 2 minutes to do so! You may be thinking that you’re too busy to do it. Besides, why do it when the whole point of this blog post is to catch more zzz’s and making your bed will make you lose at least 5 minutes of it. I found myself having more energy and a better mindset when I followed the 2 things above, and making my bed became a final touch to what I’m trying to work towards.
- Have an effective morning routine.
This one sort of goes without saying. Also, this one is something that we may all have already but I need to stress that it has to be a “good” routine. I recently read the book, “The Power of Habit,” by Charles Duhigg (in fragments) and one thing out of many that I’ve learned in it is that anything is a habit, but it is a matter of sticking to the good ones and not the bad ones. Constantly snoozing your wake up alarm on your phone can later on turn into a bad habit. Even coming in late for work or school may have been a habit that’s embedded in you for a while already. But at the same time, reversing these bad habits and forming new good ones is never too late! (Pun intended!)
In an ideal world, I would like to NEVER hit the snooze button. This has been a struggle for me since I share a bathroom with my boyfriend and when I know that he’s still in the shower, it gives me an excuse to not get up from the bed yet. However, I know deep in my mind that I could’ve gotten up and made coffee, or prepared food prior to doing my shower and after shower routine.
My goal is to be like those people who can wake up at 6AM and be at peace with that decision. I’m the type who likes to take time to get ready in the morning, and sometimes my routine suffers when I end up rushing through them because I hit the snooze button and wake up late.
Do you have any suggestions in mind to make my routine even better?
Being in the objective world of science at work and at school, the most creative part of my day (if I dare say) is my make up routine. There will be a blog about that soon, too!