6 Everyday Essentials
by Rae Anwar
1. Morning matcha / coffee
If you read my “Most Addicting Matcha” recipe, then you know I’m a sucker for caffeine in any form. But making a quick coffee or matcha in the morning, especially before a hectic day full of classes or work, is definitely a morning essential for me, and the perfect way to wake myself up. For others, this could be washing your face first thing in the morning or listening to loud music. It definitely helps to make sure you’re wide awake before going through the rest of your day.
2. Make the bed
I know that making the bed is the annoying cliché that’s been ingrained in our heads since childhood, but you really should consider making it a daily task if you haven’t already. It’s something so simple to do but starts your day off with an achievement already (even if it’s a small one.) This simple step always makes me feel just a bit more productive and organized before going into the rest of my day.
3. 15 minutes to learn something
A big dream of mine is to go to Italy one day, but the reality is I’m not the best at languages. However, just practicing Italian for 15 minutes a day has helped me learn so much already. If you have a goal to learn a language, Duolingo is a great app to use! It’s free, simple to use and will make you feel proud of yourself even if you only go on it for 15 minutes a day. (This isn’t sponsored, I just really like the app).
Even if your goal isn’t to learn a language, if there’s something you’ve always wanted to learn but have been pushing back for as long as you can remember, start setting aside just 15 minutes each day to learn it. It seems like such an insignificant amount of time, but each minute you spend learning will add up in the end!
4. Take a walk
I won’t lie, the main reason I’ve started taking walks is because I have to walk to work. That being said, the walks I take to and from work have become one of my favorite times of the day to unwind. I can just slip in my earbuds and tune out the world for a minute. I’ve found that these walks not only help me relax, but they make me feel happier. If my day gets too crammed and I don’t have time to workout, or a mountain of papers keeps me locked away in my apartment, taking just 10 minutes each day to feel some sun, move my body, and listen to good music always lifts my mood.
5. Plan ahead
The Apple notes app is a staple for me. I make all my to-do lists in this app and can easily type in any last minute details I need for school, work, rent, groceries, and anything else. It’s easy to use, and I love that I have everything I need in the palm of my hand. No more stress over bringing a bulky planner with me everywhere I go!
Using this app to plan out my day at the end of each night is a huge help for me. It’s important to do this the night before rather than the morning of, so that you can take the time to think through all you need to do and set yourself up for the next day. I like to plan out each week and add more things as I go, but starting off with just planning each day is a great way to keep you organized and on track.
6. Take time to recharge
On those jam-packed days where you’re running from one thing to the next, it can seem impossible to have any time for yourself. But if you look at it as just taking five minutes to recharge, it’s extremely achievable to do. It can be those five extra minutes you take to pick up a coffee, or to do an extra skincare step before you go off to class. It can even be lighting a candle on your desk as you catch up on homework. Remembering to do those little things that make you happy will help you feel better in the long run, especially on those crazy days where nothing seems to go right.