A Nightly Routine Is The Key To A Smooth Tomorrow, Especially When You're SO Not A Morning Person

A Nightly Routine Is The Key To A Smooth Tomorrow, Especially When You're SO Not A Morning Person

Preparing for your day in advance will lift a huge weight off your shoulders.
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If you aren't a morning person, you know the struggle of getting yourself out of the house before a certain time. Whether you're commuting to work or trying to make your 8 a.m. class, simply showing up on time can be the hardest part of the day.

And if you're so focused on being punctual, forget trying to accomplish small tasks like eating breakfast or packing lunch for the day. Who else can relate to the feeling of driving 20 minutes before realizing you've left your lunch or gym bag at home? It certainly isn't a positive realization.

Rushing out of your house forces you to start your day on the wrong foot, and it creates a great deal of unnecessary anxiety on a daily basis. Not only does it increase the likelihood that you'll forget important things, but if it causes enough stress, it can also be hazardous to your health.

The easiest way to fix this problem? Adopt a nightly routine.

By preparing for the following day ahead of time, you'll alleviate so much of the pressure that comes with starting your day. Most of us shower and complete a basic hygiene routine in the evening, as it's one less thing to worry about in the morning.

But adding other important tasks to your nightly to do list can be majorly beneficial to your productivity and wellbeing.

If you choose your outfit the night before, you have no reason to spend a half hour just trying things on the next day. Preparing meals in advance can also be a huge help. No one wants to start cooking breakfast and lunch at 6 a.m., but most of us can make time to do so the night before (or even several nights before).

For some extra morning ease, you can even brew your coffee before you go to sleep. All you'll have to do is heat it up or add ice the following day and dump it in a to-go cup. You'll wake up faster, and you'll have less on your plate. What's better than that?

If you need to pack for classes or the gym, the prime time to do this would be during your new evening routine. Otherwise, it's too easy to forget the essentials that keep you meeting your daily goals.

And your routine doesn't solely need to be about preparation. You can also add activities geared toward winding down. Reading a book or learning meditation techniques will help you relax, and relaxation is key if you want to have energy in the morning.

These are just some examples of how you can revamp and revitalize your bedtime routine, but the possibilities are vast. And every little bit will help increase your daily productivity and decrease your stress levels.

Hell, your routine may even allow you to get more sleep. We all need that.

So make a list of things you have trouble with in the morning, and plan your new routine around those. Once you've identified the tasks that need to be transferred to your nighttime schedule, you can start building your regimen.

Of course, you might have to implement each task slowly at first. Dumping all of this on yourself every night could become overwhelming and cause you to drop the idea altogether. Habits take time, and we should adopt them gradually.

But once you do master your evenings, you'll be one step closer to conquering your daily schedule. And that's a great feeling.

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To The Person Who Feels Suicidal But Doesn't Want To Die

Suicidal thoughts are not black and white.
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Everyone assumes that if you have suicidal thoughts that means you want to die.

Suicidal thoughts are thought of in such black-and-white terms. Either you have suicidal thoughts and you want to die, or you don't have suicidal thoughts and you want to live. What most people don't understand is there are some stuck in the gray area of those two statements, I for one am one of them.

I've had suicidal thoughts since I was a kid.

My first recollection of it was when I came home after school one day and got in trouble, and while I was just sitting in the dining room I kept thinking, “I wonder what it would be like to take a knife from the kitchen and just shove it into my stomach." I didn't want to die, or even hurt myself for that matter. But those thoughts haven't stopped since.

I've thought about going into the bathroom and taking every single pill I could find and just drifting to sleep and never waking back up, I've thought about hurting myself to take the pain away, just a few days ago on my way to work I thought about driving my car straight into a tree. But I didn't. Why? Because even though that urge was so strong, I didn't want to die. I still don't, I don't want my life to end.

I don't think I've ever told anyone about these feelings. I don't want others to worry because the first thing anyone thinks when you tell them you have thoughts about hurting or killing yourself is that you're absolutely going to do it and they begin to panic. Yes, I have suicidal thoughts, but I don't want to die.

It's a confusing feeling, it's a scary feeling.

When the depression takes over you feel like you aren't in control. It's like you're drowning.

Every bad memory, every single thing that hurt you, every bad thing you've ever done comes back and grabs you by the ankle and drags you back under the water just as you're about the reach the surface. It's suffocating and not being able to do anything about it.

The hardest part is you never know when these thoughts are going to come. Some days you're just so happy and can't believe how good your life is, and the very next day you could be alone in a dark room unable to see because of the tears welling up in your eyes and thinking you'd be better off dead. You feel alone, you feel like a burden to everyone around you, you feel like the world would be better off without you. I wish it was something I could just turn off but I can't, no matter how hard I try.

These feelings come in waves.

It feels like you're swimming and the sun is shining and you're having a great time until a wave comes and sucks you under into the darkness of the water. No matter how hard you try to reach the surface again a new wave comes and hits you back under again, and again, and again.

And then it just stops.

But you never know when the next wave is going to come. You never know when you're going to be sucked back under.

I always wondered if I was the only one like this.

It didn't make any sense to me, how did I think about suicide so often but not want to die? But I was thinking about it in black and white, I thought I wasn't allowed to have those feelings since I wasn't going to act on them. But then I read articles much like this one and I realized I'm not the only one. Suicidal thoughts aren't black and white, and my feelings are valid.

To everyone who feels this way, you aren't alone.

I thought I was for the longest time, I thought I was the only one who felt this way and I didn't understand how I could feel this way. But please, I implore you to talk to someone, anyone, about the way you're feeling, whether it be a family member, significant other, a friend, a therapist.

My biggest mistake all these years was never telling anyone how I feel in fear that they would either brush me off because “who could be suicidal but not want to die?" or panic and try to commit me to a hospital or something. Writing this article has been the greatest feeling of relief I've felt in a long time, talking about it helps. I know it's scary to tell people how you're feeling, but you're not alone and you don't have to go through this alone.

Suicidal thoughts aren't black and white, your feelings are valid, and there are people here for you. You are not alone.

If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline — 1-800-273-8255


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Internet outraged at Delhi Aunty for Sl*t Shaming

Public outrage - justified or an overreaction?

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When the topic of sexual violence against women arises, women are often held responsible - because of how they dress, or how they behave, or even if they have a voice. A recent incident in Delhi showed that the mindset of people has not changed. In a video posted by Shivani Gupta, a middle-aged woman is seen defending her claim, "Women wearing short dresses deserve to be raped."

This backward mentality surrounding rape and rape culture is horrifying to see. The middle-aged woman first shamed them for wearing short clothes and when she was confronted, she told them "they deserved to get raped." She made things worse when she told other men in the restaurant to rape such women who wear short clothes.

Shivani and her friends later confronted this woman while taking the video. They wanted a public apology for her statement and followed her around. The older woman stood by her statement. Fair enough. They felt threatened by her statements and wanted an apology for her actions. The older lady, however, was brazen about her ideologies and refused to apologize. In fact, she threatened to call the cops for harassment.

The woman who made the regressive statements. Shivani Gupta

While the anger and outrage by the women who uploaded this video are justified, several questions are being raised on whether the older woman was later harassed for her statements. Public shaming is not the way to solve this issue.

"We cannot dismantle a culture of shaming by participating in it." - Rega Jha.

Now, I believe that nobody must engage in victim shaming. Nobody has the right to police the outfit one wishes to wear. It is astonishing to believe that even in the 21st century, people still believe that an outfit determines the morality and character of a person. That older woman was wrong to sl*t-shame the girls for wearing what they want. That being said, even though what that woman did was horrible, public shaming will not work. It will not change the mindset behind these ideologies. What that older woman did was akin to bullying. Publicly shaming her, stalking her facebook account or posting comments or by coercing her, you are also behaving in the same manner of bullying.

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