Setting a routine

Laynie Clark, Assistant Arts & Life Editor

Getting back into a routine is by far one of the most crucial parts of starting a new school year, though it is not always the easiest thing to accomplish. A routine is not just about when you wake up and go to sleep: a routine is what will keep you grounded when life starts to get overwhelming. Here are a few things that you should consider adding to your daily routine:



When you hear the word “movement,” you may probably automatically think of exercising, but that is not always the case. You can add movement into your day by simply stretching for five minutes when you get out of bed or by going on a peaceful sunrise walk. The options are truly limitless. Incorporating even the slightest bit of movement into your daily routine is important, especially if you have been sitting around studying all day.


Go Outside

Going outside might not always seem like the most appealing thing, but the fresh air can improve your day in a way the stale air of your bedroom cannot. Because of the pandemic, we spend so much time inside, and that can be harmful for our mental well-being. Mask up, go outside and soak up what is left of that summer sun. 


Make your bed

This one might sound silly, but stop leaving your bed unmade. It is common to wake up in the morning and not make your bed because “you will just mess it up again tonight,” and while that may be true, it will make your room look clean and put together, and you will start your day productively. In addition to improved productivity, making your bed will also encourage you to stay out of bed and be more active. Plus, we all know it feels better going to sleep in a nice neat bed rather than a messy unmade bed. Stop avoiding a straight-forward task just because it feels unnecessary; usually, the minor things are the most vital to your well-being. 


Make time for yourself

The most important part of building your routine is making sure you have downtime. Whether it be taking a nap, reading a book or re-watching a favorite movie, having that time to do whatever you want for yourself can truly make or break your day. People tend to overlook their needs when building their routine because they feel it is not a priority to make time for themselves, when in fact it should be the biggest priority out of your entire day.


The best part about this list is that everything is one-hundred percent doable and it is all centered around your well-being. Take the time to add these tasks into your daily planner and watch as your life starts to feel more put together, because it is such a powerful feeling. Never underestimate the importance of having a set routine.