After scheduling posts for close to a month, I can honestly say it is so refreshing to finally be able to sit down, write, and interact with you all again. I’d been scheduling post for three weeks, and found it a little hard to get back into the groove of writing, but I am so happy to be writing a new post once again!
The stress of midterms has finally cooled down, I have recovered from a week-long viral infection, and I have a weekend of fun (and hard-work) ahead of me. I truly have no complaints. But as my time here in Hong Kong winds down, it makes me think about how I have a routine now, while studying abroad. Even though it took me a good seven weeks to find a sleeping and eating schedule, I’m quite enjoying my night routine, and I’d love to share it with you.
For the past two weeks, I have been struggling with getting sleep. While this is common for most college students, it seems like a taboo until you actually experience not having any sleep. You hear your friends say, “I’m so tired,” but it doesn’t become reality until you only get four hours of asleep for four nights straight. (Me last week.) I’ve decided to trade my phone and screen-time for a little relaxation and study time.
When I come in from classes, it’s around 6 p.m. I eat a dinner that I know will fill me up–sometimes it’s McDonalds, I’m not going to lie. But it is better than not eating anything at all…which I’ve done frequently throughout the weeks. Then, I take a shower, lathering up with my luffa, St. Ives Soft and Silky Coconut and Orchid Body Wash, and my Cantu Co-Wash. (I highly recommend using a luffa if you have dry, irritated, or itchy skin. It’s so soothing, and a lot more sanitary than a wash cloth.)
After my shower, I’ll usually do some math homework or review my art history notes. I’m very consumed with math homework each night. It’s pretty ridiculous how many equations I’ve solved this quarter. I’m no math whiz, nor do I like math, so you can say academically, this hasn’t been my funnest quarter. I do, however, enjoy taking math and art history notes because I can decorate them! Not sure if you’ve noticed, but I’m a bit obsessed with pretty notes. I am also obsessed with my woodland creature stickers I bought at a local stationary shop!
After I study my notes, I’ll have a little snack and make some tea. Tonight’s snack is a rice cake and oolong tea. Oolong tea is now my favorite tea! It’s so sweet and smooth, and I enjoy it with a little honey! Do you like oolong tea or green tea better? I used to love green tea, but sort of tolerated how bitter it was, until I discovered oolong!
I make it a part of my routine to read before bed. No Netflix. No laptop. No phone. I think going on my phone at night was stirring up some really bad insomnia. One day this week I was so tired. I had a really terrible headache, stomachache, and was shaking because of exhaustion. I decided to take a mental health day, because I was so anxious about falling asleep during my classes, I realized I would be doing myself harm if I attended. Plus, the class I had was an 8 a.m., and I only had about two hours of sleep.
I’m currently re-reading (for the millionth time) Paper Towns. I brought my favorite books with me to college, but hardly ever touched them. Reading at nice is very calming for me. I fall asleep faster rather than if I’m scrolling. I usually like to have my devices charging and my book in hand by 9 p.m., so I can be asleep by ten. I know I sound like an old woman, but when you have an 8 a.m., sleep is crucial!
I hope you enjoyed this post!
Comment down below something you do every night or if you like oolong tea!
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