No matter how old you are… you’re forgetting something. You’re forgetting at least one thing you need to do, should have done, wanted to do, dreamed of doing, right now. But what about the ones not even on your radar?
OH S#^%! You forgot to:
#1: Clean & Sanitize Your Phone Screen
If you wear any sort of foundation… or sunscreen… or you have skin… your phone needs to be cleaned. It touches your hands, probably when you were eating too, or after you touched that dirty keyboard, it’s pressed up against your face, and the germs and bacteria grinding into your skin from the screen of your phone could be causing the breakouts or dry spots on your cheek. You can even get ear acne from your phone. Yeuck! Clean that thing!
Tip: Makeup remover wipes will do in a pinch.
#2: Fluff Your Pillow(s)
It’s not just for appearance! Even on the coldest nights, you spent several hours dripping sweat directly from your head and hair into that pillow. Pillows can gain x times their weight in dead skin cells and sweat. So there’s two aspects to this: 1, your pillow has any makeup, hairspray, sweat, dead skin, bacteria, dust, dirt, pet hair and dander, and anything else in your environment, permeating every fiber. Whenever you lay down, that’s pressed back into your skin. And 2: all that sweat and the damp environment can cause mold, inside your pillow, that you’ll breathe in every night.
When you fluff your pillows, you break up the clumped fibers in the pillow and allow air to flow through them to help dry them out. The best thing you can do is to fluff your pillows and lay them on top of any blankets on the bed to let them air out every day while you’re out of bed. And don’t forget to wash them at LEAST once a week, but more likely every 2-3 days.
Tip: if you use 2, you can flip and switch the pillows each night for 4 nights of untainted surface.
#3: Drink your water!
We’ve heard 64 oz, 8 glasses, 10 glasses, etc etc. But studies have shown that your body needs up to half it’s weight (pounds) in oz of water daily. 180 lbs? 90 oz! Some of this comes from what you’ve eaten, but there’s still a lot left. Drinking water will help your digestive system, flush out toxins from your body to improve your energy, and clear up your skin that’s been purging out that greasy meal you ate a few days ago through your pores. There’s a lot of apps if you need reminders that can both calculate how much water you need, and send you reminders throughout the day, but ideally you should drink a glass of water when you wake up, 2 before every meal, and another 1-2 before bed. Plus sipping throughout the day. It’ll help you cut back on quantities of food to lose those last 5 lbs too.
Tip: If you’ve had a very active day, add 10%, the same as if it’s a hot day!
I know. I said that evil word. I didn’t remember today either. But even just a few stretches in the morning can get your blood flowing and boost your energy, and once you start, it’s easy to go just a few more minutes than you think you can. If you do this every day you’ll develop great habits and it’ll be something you do without even thinking about it.
Tip: Just commit to 5 minutes. You can do 5 minutes even on your most exhausted day.
#5: Be Positive!
I said exercise and now I’m being corny? But it helps. Just a few moments of being positive to yourself “I’m going to ace that test/interview/presentation” or “I’m going to finish my to do list today!” can change how you handle the whole day. When in doubt, tell yourself you can, and have. “I’m losing weight” is a more positive than “I’m trying to lose weight.”
For things like weight loss or directed improvement, things like “I’m losing 10 lbs this month” or “I’m reading 50 books this year” is even better. If you convince yourself you’re doing it, your habits fall into place to fit the mindset you’ve created, because we, as a species, don’t like being wrong. Set a deadline. Set a number. It’s not a goal, it’s a commitment to yourself.
Tip: Say it out loud, or put it in writing. Do it every morning. Cement it in your head that you CAN do this, and you will.