Taking Back My Days

I’ve felt so rushed lately.

I’m busy. So is everyone. I found that school was whirling me through my days and I never took a chance to breathe. It resulted in stress, lack of concentration, and feeling a bit out of control of my own life.

I need to slow down.

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It happens! Some people think that a true balance of different facets of life can exist, others say that something has to give. I’d love to have balance all figured out, but right now my focuses are:

  1. School. School. School.
  2. Relationships
  3. Blog (I consider this my part time job at the moment, but also creativity and stress outlet and fun!)
  4. NEDA Walk Prep

On the back burner? MYSELF. The whole me-time thing doesn’t happen a whole lot, and I feel like I’m on my computer 24/7 either with school or blog or something. I swear my eyesight is getting worse – I look up and things are blurry! Even when I do get a chance for something fun (like weekend trips) it’s not much in the way of “relaxing alone-time”. I usually fall behind on work and end up even more crazed!

DO what makes your soul happy


So I decided to institute a little morning routine to feel a bit more calm throughout my days. It’s a little zen and hippy-ish, but don’t knock it until you try it. It is OH so wonderful and is an amazing way to wake up and greet the day.

My 20 Minute Morning Routine

1. Journal. I just write whatever I am thinking about. Usually thoughts on the day before or things I want to do that day. Just  a page of randomness, not well thought out at all. Takes less than five minutes.

2. Stretch. Sometimes this is full-on yoga, other times it’s just five minutes of neck rolls, cat cows, downward dogs and half pigeons. I put on Pandora Yoga station and wake up my body for 5-10 minutes.

3. Meditation. Alright. I’ve never actually done this before and currently I last about 3 seconds before my mind wanders, but I’m trying! I’m using Heather’s meditation album and just doing one 4-5 minute track. It’s pretty neat.

That’s it! Less than 20 minutes, but I did start setting my alarm 30 minutes earlier so I had time to start my day the right way instead of waking up and immediately feeling rushed into my work.

I haven’t been doing this for very long, but I’m already loving it. Here’s to hoping this helps me feel calmer throughout the day!

  • How do you take back your day and make sure you stay calm and focused?

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  1. I love this post, Clare! It’s important to remember to take some time for ourselves even if it means waking up a few minutes earlier so we aren’t rushed. I like to take 10 minutes after work each day to clean up around my apartment and feel like everything is in order. It sounds strange but it helps me calm down!

  2. This is exactly what I needed to read. I’ve been scrambling the past month to take care of my family (my mom recently got hurt) and I realized today that I seriously need to get some me-time back into my schedule. I’m going to get back into journaling and running — two things I’ve barely done in weeks.

  3. I do this too! i agree that it is an amazing way to EASE into the day instead of feeling jolted. Still need to work a lot more on my meditation skills, though.

  4. Ah I remember being a full time student, working full time and still trying to have a life (I just graduated at the end of 2012). All those hours of staring at computers, having to always have my brain moving and never getting me time. I used to make sure I got pedicures or did something just for myself once a week (that had nothing to do with work or school) while I was in school, it kept me from going insane. BUT I love this 20 minutes in the morning. Sounds like such a great idea and maybe one I should incorporate as well. But that is also kind of how I think about my yoga classes during the week now, as me time. My quiet time. Oh and I find meditation where I focus on something, like picturing a place I feel really calm (mine is the ocean and beach with my toes in the sand with a full moon) or picturing a pink light or even picturing my thoughts and worries in little bubbles that float away from me really helps my mind stay focus. I am not so good at the concentrating on my breathing meditations!

  5. I need a good workout every day to get my mind off of everything else that is going on!

  6. Lol if I got up 30 minutes earlier it would be 4:20am! I need to figure out a good “me time” in my day though, I get so stressed if I don’t!

  7. I have been feeling the same way! I think my eyes are getting ruined too from all the screen time. I already wake-up at 4:10am every morning, but that makes me have to be in bed by 8:45. So my nighttime gets cut short.

  8. Amen, sister! I think the same traits that led us down the disordered eating road also lead to the road of over-doing, over-working and not taking care of ourselves. I’m pretty sure I’ve lived every scenario and example you gave. Fun weekend = stressed to the max week catching up on things and running around like a crazy person.

    Like you, I got to the point where something had to change. Since I teach and am usually at school by 7:30, getting up earlier isn’t really feasible, but, I’ve made it a priority to be home earlier so that I can have some “me” time before my husband gets home. It’s easily one of my favorite parts of the day. I read blogs and/or get in a workout and have a chance to wind down.

    I’m now more of a believe than ever that we have to take care of ourselves…in every.single.area. :-)

  9. I really need to do this more often. I just picked up a side job on top and things are getting hectic.

  10. I love this, Clare! Been thinking about re-routing my own….

  11. What a great idea!! It’s totally something I need to be doing too. I’ll get in the habit of journaling, yoga or meditation but all it takes is one day for me to lose it and forget how much I need those things in my life. Maybe I can start this tomorrow. :)

  12. Clare- I love that you’re doing this! It was so great and on the same track with what I am writing about this week – slowing down.

    Congrats on taking action from inner listening :)


  13. love this!! i seriously need to rethink my time and day!

  14. I usually will take time throughout my day to just stop thinking and meditate. Even if it is only for 2-3 minutes I have found this really helps me and gets me centered especially during the middle of the day when things get crazy!

  15. I needed this too. I’m so exhausted lately, and I feel like I can’t catch up! I need to rethink my day as well, and try to maximize my time!

  16. Clare, this is a great post! I feel THE SAME way about my computer- I have a love hate relationship with it, I like to say. My family often comments how much I’m on it, but I don’t know what they want me to do about it. They don’t really get how big of a job blogging is, and I work from my computer and am preparing for school,so what am I supposed to do, ya know? However, I do take several breaks through the day. My mornings always include an hour of no computer first, and then I eat and have coffee while checking emails, etc. Then, I stop again after one hour, do yoga, take a walk and feed the dogs before starting my day.
    At night I ALWAYS do stretching for 20 minutes, meditate for 20 minutes (I LOVE Heather’s too!!), and then just lie on my floor checking emails from my phone in the dark. It’s actually quiet calming, lol and it’s a good way to stay off the computer a few times during the day. I also like eating lunch outside for about 20 minutes sometimes too if it’s nice. That is refreshing!
    Glad you found a routine that works for you:) I think it’s great for everyone to implement a little time for themselves each morning:)

    Have a great day<3

  17. I think you might have convinced me to get up 30 minutes earlier. It’s especially hard trying to get “me” time with a toddler in my house! As much as I feel like I need my sleep, I think it’d be great to get some time for peace and reflection before I go into crazy-hectic mom mode. Maybe it’ll even help me fall asleep faster at night!

  18. Sounds so simple, yet makes so much sense! Love the journaling idea; would be great for reflecting back in the future, too.

    I may need to try something like this! Thanks for sharing!


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