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It can be overwhelming thinking of all of the things we must do, want to do, can do, are asked to do, and are avoiding doing. Be intentional with your time, even if it is just day by day, jot down a few things you’d like to get done.


Having a daily schedule written down ahead of time can help motivate us to actually do things when we are down and distracted by our sorrows. Get into a routine, especially in the morning to rise and at night to help yourself wind down.


Using checklists is a great way to manage short term and long term to-do’s as well as just daily rituals. Checking off items like:

  • brush teeth

  • go for a walk

  • take a nap

  • eat (breakfast, lunch and dinner!)

are simple tasks that are not only necessary but reward us with the satisfaction of accomplishing things.


Routines are important when our mental health is struggling. The consistency of our sleep, activities, and social interactions can alter immensely when our mood is down. Remembering the basics and getting motivated to do them can be difficult during these times as well.


It can be hard to keep track of things and prioritize when we are stressed; start by making simple lists to keep your days in order. Whether it’s a list for homework, personal goals, or to-do’s, having it written down helps us keep it in mind and reduces the stress of trying to keep everything in your memory.


Want to learn more? Recommendations on this topic:



  • Make Your Bed by William McRaven

  • Atomic Habits by James Clear

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