5 Small Life Improvements

Monday, July 17, 2017

I have been off the grid for the past few days, much to my own annoyance. Somehow I picked up an unknown illness and I've been out of commission. I've barely left my bed much less done anything 'productive'. Though they slowed my down quite a bit, my symptoms didn't seem severe enough to justify a round of antibiotics and I decided to just rest.

1. Sleep
I can't believe I'm writing this because I am proudly on #teamnosleep and can generally function on between 4-5 hours of sleep. As I've gotten older, however, I've noticed that I can't quite get away with this anymore. While I've been sick I have been sleeping for over 11 hours per day, and while this is not something I will keep up with now that I'm better - I will be making a better effort to get at least 7 (err..6?) or 8 hours per night. I have a FitBit and it allows you to setup sleep goals, so I'll be able to monitor this.

2. Drink less caffeine
This is sad but true. I personally love coffee - specifically espresso based drinks. I know that I need to make some adjustments here for the sole reason that my cravings have gotten out of control and I'm compensating for Coke Zero whenever I can't get my hands on a latte. Not normal, healthy or sustainable.

3. Reduce screen time
Who else is guilty of aimlessly scrolling through Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter and Facebook on a rotating basis? What about before bed? I know I am! I do think staring at a bright white screen just before bed does impact your ability to fall asleep and your quality of sleep. I've been putting my phone on do not disturb mode an hour before I anticipate going to bed and it really helps. I don't feel any FOMO and I find that I usually have other, more productive things I can do before I sleep!

4. Make an effort to stay organized
This is a #majorkey 🔑 for me. I do not like chaos and while it is not 100% avoidable everywhere, you can make a conscious effort to ensure your personal living space is not chaotic. On days where it seems like there is so much to do and no clear place to start, I start feeling physically ill and overwhelmed. Chipping away at little things like putting laundry away, tossing out old food, making a plan for upcoming days really helps. Sometimes I really have to talk myself up, but I do find tackling the worst task first helps reduce some stress and anxiety, making the rest of the tasks seem way easier!

5. Talk it out
Sometimes you just need to talk to someone. Whether it be a friend or a therapist, it's never a bad idea to voice some of the thoughts that just linger in your mind. A second opinion and a fresh perspective can really, really help you work through serious issues or even small ideas and I highly recommend this!

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