Let’s face it: Moving to a new city and starting a new job is not easy! Although there is a lot of excitement and joy in the midst of the process, starting a new chapter in your life can be overwhelming. I think that’s why it’s so important to jump into a new routine as soon as possible.
A little over a month ago, I settled into my new place in Baton Rouge. And a week later, I started my new job at Southern Marsh. Even though I had a lot to learn, I absolutely love what I do. I get to create content for a clothing company’s social media every single day. A millennial’s dream come true, right? You’re right!
Creating a new daily routine during the week was one of the most difficult adjustments for me. Gone are the days of sleeping in and driving to work a little before 2 p.m.
Here are a few things I did to get back on track and revamp my daily routine:
Rise early for quiet time.
I am not a morning person, by any means. You can ask anyone who knows me. I don’t like to have conversations right after I wake up and waking up before 8 a.m. is pure torture. But with a new work schedule, I knew I had to make some changes. Now, I wake up at 6 or 6:30 a.m. and go to work at 9 a.m. Most mornings are relaxing for me. I slide out of bed and wake myself up with hazelnut coffee and some devotion reading or I’ll go on a 30-minute walk or do yoga. Before the busy day begins, I think it’s great to have some quiet time in the morning. Since I wake up earlier now, I find I’m calmer and more productive throughout the day.
Have a set nighttime routine.
When I first started my job, getting home at 6:15 p.m. was foreign to me because I had worked the night shift for two years. But over the next few weeks, I adapted to my new lifestyle. On most weeknights, I’ll come home and exercise and then cook dinner. About an hour or so later, it’s time to light a candle and take a hot bath. Then, I hit the sheets with a good book and some hot tea. Lights are out at 10 or 10:30 p.m. I believe consistency is the key to a lot of success in my life!
Reset healthy goals.
After moving, it’s easy to overindulge and leave exercising as an afterthought. And what more temptation could there be than moving to Louisiana? There’s endless delicious food options and so many good restaurants! While indulging in moderation is totally acceptable, I’ve had to learn to scale back and take care of myself. The fried food and cream sauces aren’t going anywhere! During the last two weeks, I’ve made sure to get exercise at least 3 or 4 times a week and cook healthy meals at home.
Surround yourself with beauty.
My living space is a big part of who I am. A happy, clean home with beautiful decor really does make me feel balanced! With my new apartment, I’ve taken a more simple approach with decorations and focused on adding more greenery and floral accents. My bedroom is mostly white with pops of color, and a great space to unwind after a long day. I think it’s important to have a space where you can feel calm and at peace. And it doesn’t have to be expensive either! A few plants, some candles and some fresh flowers can brighten any room.
Don’t sweat financial setbacks.
Money goes faster than you can blink an eye, especially when you move somewhere! But it’s important to remember to not let your happiness be defined by the dollar amount in your bank account. I have to remind myself this a lot. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all about budgeting and trying to save money every month. But, I have to give myself a break. Money might be tight for a while, but what’s the positive? A new chapter in my life has just begun, and I’m where I want to be. And I believe it’s only going to get better.
I hope you found these tips encouraging! Whether you’re in a transitional season of life or just stuck in a rut, revamping your daily routine can really make a difference in your overall health and positivity.