The start of the year can be so overwhelming. I know that I had a list as long as my arm of things I wanted to do to start feeling on top of my life again. I had no resolutions as such, but I did want to try and find a routine that really worked for me.
We moved apartments at the start of November which left me up in the air for weeks. December was pretty much a blur… And now we’re here essentially in the middle of January and I feel as disorganized as ever. My routine is so important to me. I’m a creature of habit, and if something throws me out of sync, it really throws me. I’m sure so many people are the same as me. I love starting fresh, making lists, getting up early, and feeling productive.
My health and fitness is always a priority for me, so not being able to squeeze in gym time is frustrating. It’s one of those things that really has a negative knock on affect for a lot of other things in my life. Whether it’s poor sleeping habits, eating habits or just lack of energy, I find that not making time for one part of my life sends me in a downward spiral.
I mentioned on Instagram on Monday that my Dad finally got out of hospital after almost a month. I would be lying if I said that this didn’t have something to do with me feeling so out of kilter. But it’s one of those scenarios where naturally everything else takes a back seat. Thankfully he is back to good health and will be returning to Ireland with my Mum tomorrow. I definitely will be sad to see them go, but I’m looking forward to feeling better and getting back into the swing of things again. Like I mentioned in this post, I have a lot of bucket lists to get through, so I need to get my ass in gear!
So establishing a good routine will be my priority starting Friday. Not Monday…. Friday. I need to get back to normal ASAP. Here is how I’m going to try…
I’m going to start my making a list, in order of priority, of the things I absolutely need to achieve in the mornings and in the evenings, then the less important pieces will follow. I’m literally talking about putting ten minutes aside for showering in the morning, five minutes for washing my face and my teeth, and fifteen minutes for makeup. I KNOW that sounds crazy to some people, but I am constantly sprinting out the door to work every morning. If I work out exactly how long everything takes me, then I know exactly what time I have to be out of the bed at. If anything, I’m maximizing my snooze time so that’s a phenomenal idea in my mind! 🙂
What’s not working
I’m going to look back on what I used to do and bits and pieces of what I’m currently doing and eliminate the bad habits.
I’m never going to be getting up at 5.00am to run a lap of the park and then hit the gym, so I’m not going to leave enough time to literally do that. On a good day I spend 35 – 45 minutes in the gym and not a second longer. I’ve never been one for the super long gym sessions so I’m going to be realistic with the time that I allow for that each morning.
Switch it up
I find that going to the gym every morning definitely takes it out of me sometimes. I think that I’m going to start doing 4 morning gym sessions, and 1/2 evening sessions per week so that I don’t become bored in my routine. And also so that I can look forward to one or two lie-ins each week.
Back up plan
In case of an unexpected late night, or an unexpected early morning, I’m going to have a backup plan organized into my routine each week just in case. Even if I’m just not feeling up to the gym on one of the days, I’ll have another time slot allocated to that on a different day.
Trial & error
If you’re a newbie when it comes to a healthy routine, my best advice would be to trial out different routines and figure out which works best for you and your schedule.
A routine is all well and good, but if you are so stuck to it that you can’t enjoy other aspects of your life then you are doing something very wrong. It’s there as a guide, a goal, and just a bit of structure. It’s not the end of the world if you don’t stick to it every day. Just try your best.
Also, as you may have noticed, I’m definitely becoming more active over on Snapchat (niamhos21) so I will keep you posted as to how I’m getting on.
Photos by Claire Petersen
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