5 Things to Start Doing in the Mornings for a Better Day

Happy Monday! Not! This is mostly because my books still haven’t arrived…… argh! But even with a great book to read, Mondays still generally suck. Why? Well, we’re tired,  unorganized, and would way rather sleep until noon than get up and start the week. I hear you. However, there are some things you can do in the mornings to lessen the pain, and that is exactly what today’s post is about. As you scroll down this page, you’ll find five things that I try and do each morning to help me get through my day. So get your mousepads, thumbs and mouses (do you say mice or mouses when your talking about your computer mouse?) ready and take it away!

 

1. DON”T PRESS SNOOZE!

Even though waking up in the morning can seriously suck, I recommend that you DO NOT press snooze on your clock. Scientists say that even though it might feel good, that five minutes of rest you get when hitting snooze isn’t a very good sleep and can leave you feeling agitated afterwards. It also prevents your body from associating the sound of the alarm with getting out of bed, which makes it harder to do so. So set your clock for the time that you want to get up, and make sure you actually get up when it goes off!

 

2. Write Down 3 Goals for the Day

You might’ve remembered that I started doing this in my Bullet Journal in January, but unfortunately I stopped recently. I have no idea why! Setting specific goals for yourself each day is a great way to focus on and prioritize your tasks. When you have something specific that you know you want to get done, you might think twice about watching TV reruns for two hours. Daily goals can support your weekly and monthly ones, like this month I want my right splits to be flat, so I’ll stretch every day. Boom. And at the end of each day, it feels so good to check of those to-dos.

 

3. Make Your Bed

This seems like a pointless and tedious chore, but it only takes thirty seconds, and I find it accomplishing to leave a tidy room behind when I start my day. I actually watched a video titled: “If You want to Change the World, Make Your Bed Every Day”. It’s really motivational, and it basically talks about how a little bit of self-discipline can go a long way. Coming home to a nicely made bed doesn’t hurt, either;)

 

4. Meditate

Meditation doesn’t have to be all fancy; I find that just having a bit of quiet time each morning is beneficial. I like to stare out my window and think about any goals I have for that day, and build up a positive attitude towards the tasks I have at hand. Ending with a few moments to focus on my breathing really calms me down and gets me ready to tackle my day.

 

5. Eat a Nutritious Breakfast

This might be the most important thing on the list! Eating a nourishing breakfast fuels you for the day ahead, and helps you focus at school, work, or wherever you happen to be. Try to include some fruit, as the natural sugars will give you a much-needed boost, but stay away from sugary cereals. My favourite breakfast right now is banana with plain greek yogurt and natural peanut butter- Mmmm! They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and I agree. Don’t skip it!

 

There’s my advice for a good morning! I hope you found something worthy of implementing into your routine, but if I had to pick one, I’d say that breakfast is the most important thing on this list. It’s amazing what your body and mind can do with the proper fuel! See you next time;)

 

Yours Truly, MyDayIsBooked

 

What to Do During a Book Drought

Hello everyone! Guess what? It’s the weekend and I’m out of books to read! I’m practically dying inside! I’ve ordered a bucket load of new books on Amazon, but they’re not supposed to come until Monday. That’s, like, two whole days away! So, I’m desperately trying not to freak out while my brain is suffering from a serious case of book deprivation (yes, book reading is just as important to my brain as oxygen.). Down below I’ve comprised a list of things that you can do during a Book Drought, to keep you from going out of your mind as you wait to get your hands on a novel.

 

1. Read a Book That You’ve Already Read

Reading a book that you’ve previously read is something that you might like to do even in times when books are in abundance. I find that whenever I reread a novel, I discover something that I missed the first time, and the story takes on a different meaning. Rediscovering a book is one of the great joys of reading, and that is why it is number one on my list.

2. Read a Book That You Never thought to Read Before

Even though reading a book for the second time can be great, sometimes I’m just not in the mood. Instead, I suggest scouring the house- or even your own bookshelf, for a book that maybe you never thought that you’d read. Everyone has that one book on their shelf that they look at in disdain, and just sort of shove aside in favour of other titles. Well, it’s time to read that book! Desperate times call for desperate measures, and a Book Droughts are definitely desperate times.

3. Read Magazines, Newspapers, Anything You Can get Your hands On!

If you don’t have any books that you can devour, look around your house for magazines, newspapers, heck even flyers will work. Anything to trick your brain into novel-reading mode. And even if your mind doesn’t quite fall for this clever bit of tomfoolery, at least you’re reading something!

4. Keep Yourself Occupied

When you don’t have a good book to read, keeping yourself busy is a great way not to notice. By packing your day full of activities, you won’t have time to worry about your serious dilemma. However, this strategy only works for a few days, because after that your brain will soon succumb to the effects of book deprivation, which include drooling whenever you see a book, daydreaming over books, and, in serious cases, stealing books, which does not look good on your library record. if you know you’re going to be without books for longer than four days, try options 1, 2, or 3.

 

Well, I hope that now you’re better prepared for Book Droughts in the future. if you have any questions or suggestions about what to do during these times of crisis, let me know in the comments! May you forever have an abundance of books.

 

Yours Truly, MyDayIsBooked;)

Chocolate PB Banana Energy Balls

Hi peoples! If you love chocolate, peanut butter, and bananas as much as I do, then these energy balls are going to be your new favourite snack!! They’re healthy, chewy, and most importantly, delicious! This recipe is super simple and easy to double or even triple if you love them as much as I do;) Take a peek down below for the ingredients and instructions!

Ingredients (makes 8 balls)

  • 2 bananas
  • 1/3 cup all natural peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup oat flour (made from grinding oats in a dry blender)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Mash the bananas in a large bowl. Add in the cocoa powder and peanut butter and mix until combined.
  3. Stir in the oats and oat flour. Oat flour is super easy to make- just throw some oats in a blender and grind them up! I like it because it’s more nutritious than regular flour. Once all of your ingredients are combined, the “dough” should look something like this:
  4. Roll the mixture into balls by the tablespoon full and put them on a pan lined with parchment paper.
  5. Bake for about 15 minutes, then remove and let cool before storing them in an airtight container in the fridge.

And thee you have it! Eat a few of these after school, for breakfast, or in between sports. You won’t believe that there’s no added sugar!

Yours Truly, MyDayIsBooked

Healthy Cinnamon Dried Apples

Hey guys! I’m super sorry about not posting for awhile- a horrible way to start off 2018, I know. Hopefully I can make it up to you with these delicious dried apples- they’re one of my favourite snacks! With no added sugar and plenty of apple-pie flavour, they’re sure to please any sweet-tooth while providing you with a healthy snack. Lets get into the recipe!

Ingredients:

  • 2-3 large apples
  • As much cinnamon as you want!

 

Directions:

  • Preheat your oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Wash your apples
  • Slice the apples. This is the tricky part, because you want to get the thickness just right. If you want your apples to be super crispy, since the very thin, but if you would like them a bit chewier leave them thicker. If its you’re first time making this recipe, I suggest that you do a few thin and a few thick to see what you like best.img_8533
  • Place the apples on a parchment-covered baking sheet so that they don’t stick to the pan.
  • Now it’s time for the cinnamon! Sprinkle some on each since and then rub it around with your finger for an even coating. If you’re not a big fan of cinnamon, you can leave it off, but it really adds to the flavour of the apples.
  • Bake the apples for about 2 hours. About halfway through, take out the pan and flip the slices over so that you can put some more cinnamon on the other side. Again, if you would prefer to leave the cinnamon off, you can, but you still need to flip the apples.
  • Take out of the oven and enjoy! Store these in an airtight container in the fridge.

 

That’s all! Super simple and super delicious. I promise that there will be 2 more pots this week- a bookish one and a crafty one! Enjoy these apples and I’ll see you then!!

Yours Truly, MyDayIsBooked;)))

Quinoa Salad

This Quinoa Salad is great for school lunches if you make it the night before! It’s bright, flavourful,  and bursting with veggies. For protein, you can add in any kind of meat that you want! best of all, it’s super easy. So, before you start drooling all over your screen, let me get into the recipe.;))

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup quinoa
  • 1/2 cup diced cucumber
  • 1/2 cup diced peppers
  • 1 sprig of green onion
  • 1 teaspoon dill
  • 1 teaspoon parsley
  • 1 teaspoon cilantro
  • The juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • Protein of your choice

 

Directions:

Follow the cooking instructions on the package of your quinoa. Once you’re done, it should look something like this:

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Looks super appetizing, right? Don’t worry, once you add all of the veggies and herbs, it looks way better. While the quinoa is cooling down, dice your pepper, cucumber and green onion into mid-sized pieces and cut your lemon in half, like this:

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Now take your quinoa and add the cilantro, dill, and parsley to it, followed by the veggies. Finally, squeeze the lemon juice into the salad. Store this in a container in the fridge and enjoy it for lunch the next day!

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As for protein, you can really add anything you want. I usually put hemp seeds in mine, but chicken would go great as well.

I hope that you like this recipe! Make sure that you let me know what you think of it in the comments section! See you tomorrow for Day 10 of 12 Days of Awesome Ways to Be Healthier.;))

Yours Truly, MyDayIsBooked