Jul 02, 2021
In General Discussion
I believe that the key to having a good day is starting your day right. The meaning of good can go anyway you want, whether it be a productive day or even just a relaxing one filled with positivity. And as cliche as “starting your day right” sounds, it really is something that deeply affects the way your day goes on many layers – mentally, physically, and emotionally. And all of this, I know this from experience. Sometimes the first thing I do in the morning is look at my phone for three hours without getting out of bed. And consequently, I’m pretty much left with only 12 hours in the day and myself feeling incredibly fatigued. To try and prevent those days from happening, here are some things we can do to ensure we’re refreshed for the day. 1. Every night, turn off your phone (yes, turn it off all the way) or any other device you use so that you refrain from using it throughout the night and the next morning. 2. Even when you’ve turned it on, make sure to not open social media or any distractions until you’ve finished your morning routine. If you have to, reply to any text messages but leave emails for later in the day, 3. Do one small thing that brings you joy every morning. That could be making a warm cup of coffee or reading a few pages out of a book. This will help you get in the flow of things to prepare for the day, 4. As much as possible, separate work/school life from your personal life throughout the day. This can be not texting friends while working or not responding to emails while eating lunch. For me, these are the most helpful points when trying to start my day right. How about you? What do you do to stay positive everyday?
Jun 19, 2021
In General Discussion
For most of us, summer break is here. We can finally sleep in, eat a late breakfast, and watch TV for hours on end. At the time, all these things feel harmless, since we have nothing better to do anyway. But when it hits noon, we finally realise that *gasp* we haven’t done anything productive. Productive doesn’t have to be related to work or school, it can be just things that we would like to accomplish during the holiday, such as exercising, painting, or reading. So, here are a few tips on how we can salvage the rest of our hours and do something good with it. 1. Refresh yourself Personally, I absolutely cannot get anything done if I haven’t taken a shower, brushed my teeth, or even just not having washed my face. It seems like a really small thing, but getting yourself cleaned up helps you dive into the day with a better and more positive attitude. 2. List down everything you want to do throughout the summer If you have lots of activities you want to do but don’t know where to start, write it all down in a list. Even if it’s 25 items long, just write it down! You could do any of these things spanning the entire summer, if you’d like. 3. Pick out 3-5 things that you’d like to do today Depending on how much time you have left in your day, choose 3 to 5 things that you would like to do today. This way, you don’t feel pressured to accomplish too many things at once. If you still have time after doing the activities you selected, feel free to do something else on your list. 4. Do easier/more relaxing activities in breaks Don’t forget to take breaks! It’s important to take proper rests in between activities so that you don’t tire yourself out. If there’s anything relaxing you have on your list (like watching a movie or catching up on a series), you can do those in your breaks, too! Do you have any tips on how to salvage a half-wasted day? Share your thoughts below!