“Wash face and take care of skin” has been one of my New Year’s resolutions for several years running now, but with no success. This year was suffering the same fate until I asked myself why…
Tip: be a student of your natural habits and routines.
I realized that part of my failure was beyond writing it down, I hadn’t created a plan. In order to set myself up for success, I needed to make sure I
1) knew what products I needed and
2) had all the products on hand and organized.
Another goal that was falling by the failure wayside was drinking water…and after my ER visit, I knew failure was no longer an option since the doctor told me I was severely dehydrated. Drinking lots of water is just not my gift, but I learned something from the nurse. She said,
“The key to drinking water is small, frequent sips.”
You can’t take small, frequent sips if you never open the water bottle which we keep in the fridge in the garage..not necessarily handy.
My solution? Make myself a mason jar of ice water from the kitchen fridge and a drop of *lemon essential oil (both for flavor, I don’t like the taste of the water out of the fridge and for the benefits of the lemon), and keep it with me wherever I am in the house.
Exercise…another repeat goal that had only seen a few days of reality. This year, I decided that I would start small by doing some stretching exercises, and then work Yoga into my daily routine.
A friend recommended Yoga With Adriene on Youtube. I’m really liking Adriene’s beginner videos as well as her videos that teach the different poses.
Once I got started, I was hooked by the way my body felt: stronger, aligned, better posture… And I love that exercising at home doesn’t require a membership, or coming and going. It’s just me in my pajamas in my living room.
So, once I had a plan and the tools I needed, it was time to create a new and improved morning routine.
- Take synthroid to allow enough time to absorb before breakfast
- Fold down sheets
- Fix breakfast, including water, eat
- Unload dishwasher
- Start a load of laundry
- Plan – I’m loving this time. The breakfast room is getting used the way I envisioned. I love the quiet time to think and be intentional with my schedule.
- Dry laundry
- Bathe and dress for the day – This doesn’t have to be much, just simple make-up, an easy hair style and clothes appropriate for activity/chores, etc.
- Make bed
This morning routine isn’t actually new, it’s just adapted to accommodate my goals. I don’t time anything or rush through any of it. A productive day is not about how many things you can scratch off of your to-do list. It’s about doing what matters, and doing it well.
Since implementing these changes, I’m feeling SO much better physically! I’m refreshed, energized, rested, motivated, encouraged, happy, productive. I’m sure just taking time to eat meals (which I didn’t do before) and staying hydrated has a lot to do with it.
But the best benefit of all was last week when I sat down for the lunch that I had prepared for myself, a simple grilled cheese sandwich. As I ate, I realized that I felt loved and cared for by me. There are no words to describe how that made me feel. Nor did I realize how much it mattered and how much not taking care of myself was depriving me.
Self-neglect sends a message that you’re not worthy and negatively affects your self-worth. So, before you give up on all of your health and self-care goals, take some time to think and plan, keeping these questions in mind…
- What’s keeping you from getting started?
- Do you have all of the tools you need?
- Are they handy and organized?
- How can you incorporate these new habits into your daily routine? (Keep in mind your natural habits and routine…make this easy for yourself and add one new habit or as many as you can handle without being overwhelmed at a time.)
What I’ve come to realize is that writing down your goals is like the zero entry point or shallow end of the pool. You have to swim to the middle and eventually dive into the deep end in order to see change.
I know you can do this. I know we can do this. Just remember, taking care of yourself is the most selfless thing you can do.
*Link to Young Living. If you’d like to make a purchase, I’d love for you to use this page which includes my member ID 3464092. You can enjoy the oils as a Member or as a Retail customer…your choice.
See you in class,