Happy Thursday everyone! It’s finals week here at Texas State, and lemme tell ya, I’m stressed. Stressful weeks like this can really put a damper on a positive attitude, so I have been doing things to calm me down, cheer me up, and make me happier. There are so many tools and tips to use to destress nowadays, and it is in your best interest to use them. First, you have to find things that personally work for you. Today I’ll be sharing with you a few tools that have helped me survive these past few weeks.

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I am currently sitting in the living room of my apartment, listening to the bustle of my roommates eating dinner, chatting and listening to music. I came across this article about creating a night routine, and how night routines are just as important as morning routines. As I was reading, the article talked about something that really stuck with me: practicing gratitude. The importance of practicing gratefulness has come up a few times in my recent past, and I figured it would be a good thing to talk about. Not just good, but important.

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Today while I was binge watching Buzzfeed videos on YouTube, I was feeling rather unmotivated. I wanted to change this, so naturally I typed “How to get motivated” into the YouTube search box, and the video that caught my attention was “Getting Motivated & Staying Positive” by YouTuber Rachel Talbott. This video encouraged me to get up and do something with my life. I marched out the door with Molly in tow, and we walked around my apartment complex as I contemplated what I wanted to change.

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The most telling way of how your day will pan out is by how it starts. If I start my morning out on a positive note, my day usually follows suit. I find my morning routine to be beneficial to my happiness and perspective of life. Although I cannot claim to follow this morning routine every single day (because let’s be real…8 a.m.’s), I have made it a habit to try and follow my routine most days of the week. Without further ado, here is my morning routine.

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