Hi, I'm Krista and I don't know about you, but I haven't been doing so well in the self-care department since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
I'd be lying if I didn't say being cooped up at home is making me go a little stir-crazy. And I've been coping by watching too many funny TikTok videos to get my mind off of things. So, I decided to start looking for positive content on TikTok to help me feel less stressed and more productive while I'm at home for the next few weeks.
Here are some healthy morning routine tips I found from TikTok users @spiritofellis and @drmonavand:
In addition, user @chloemuellerc is an aesthetician who says to exfoliate twice a week and user @doctorrose is an eye doctor who says to practice the visual hygiene rule for eye health. (This is looking 20 feet away for 20 seconds for every 20 minutes of up-close work.)
Here's how my first week went...
After I wake up, I usually look at my phone for a bit 🙈. So, right away, that was a change. I also typically hit snooze, so I placed my phone across the room the night before so I couldn't snooze it! I grabbed my glass of water, took in some fresh sunlight, and tried meditating.
I started a journal for writing down the things I was thankful for and some simple things I knew I would be able to accomplish.
Honestly, because I had written down that I was going to organize my two junk drawers, it made me feel like I HAD TO DO IT. I wanted to be able to cross it off my list. Here are the after photos — trust me, you don't want to see the before ones:
I caved and looked at my phone after I woke up 🤦♀️. This had a spiraling effect on my morning routine. I still did the same routine I did the day before, but once I fell into the trap of looking at my phone, I was definitely more distracted. I tried to turn things around by drinking coffee and eating fruit.
I felt more anxious than I had on Monday (partly because of the news going on in the world). I just couldn't focus because I had so many negative thoughts in my mind. I decided to force myself to take my dog on a long walk and at least to try to re-center again. It wasn't life-changing, but I felt better after doing so.
Later that afternoon, instead of reaching for the Cheetos in the cabinet, I decided to look up some healthy snacks. I found a recipe for energy bites and made them. They are good:
Day two was definitely less productive than day one, although I did force myself to finish the tasks I wrote down in my to-do journal. So, at least writing stuff down was helping me be able to complete things.