If you have been following me on my journey ( Intentions, ) you know that each month I have set a new intention to support my year toward a quality, healthy lifestyle. After some reflection with my therapist, we decided that this month I should focus my intentions on self-care. With the school year starting (for me) in just 3 weeks, I know that this will be the most important intention yet.
Self- care does not have to be expensive – I am not talking about mani/pedis, facials, massages or even an expensive gym membership (though, these are all great ways).
Self-Care is something that we do deliberately in order to take care of our mental, emotional and/or physical health.
Start a Morning Routine
Routines are a great way to Ground yourself and put you on a path toward a successful day.
This summer I have enjoyed the dog days in my hammock chair, a hot cup of coffee and a book (or 10). This morning routine has become a sanctuary of sorts, but it has also dragged on into the mid-morning most days. For some, this may sound amazing- and it has been BUT it has also created unproductive days, guilt, and a hermit kind of lifestyle. – which all add to my anxiety and depression.
So, I am focusing a lot of my attention on my morning routine. Just a few little tweaks to create a more harmonized emotional day, a feeling of gratitude, and accomplishment. Most of these tips have already been previous intentions for me, but I will now focus on putting them together and Daily!
As many of you know, my first intention was on hydration: smarter hydration and habits. With most things, I have let this slide a little as I add on more intentions, but I know how important this is to my health, my emotional equilibrium, and my productivity- SO, this is my first tip on Self-Care
a. Drink an 8 oz glass of citrus water first thing
b. Drink 8 oz glass of water before every meal
c. Eat my water (foods that are high in water content)
The March Intention was on yoga, but my time on the mat has gotten lost as I love the sweat of a good outdoor run the summer. As the day gets past me, I get farther from the practice. Daily mindful yoga practice has so many benefits, but most importantly it gives me a sense of BALANCE and allows me to let go of some of that control that brings on so much anxiety in my life.
a. dedicate at least 10 minutes every morning
3. Gratitude Journal
This is a new one for me, and one that was suggested by my therapist. Once I finish with my yoga practice, I sit in on my meditation mat and write down the things I am grateful for that morning; the more specific, the better. I want to consciously focus my attention on things that I am grateful for to help stop the negative self talk and stop taking things for granted.
This might get a little weird for some of you, but Meditation; the practice of mindfulness, that trains attention and awareness to achieve mental clarity and an emotional calm. – Thank you Wikipedia for helping me define this.
a. youtube “meditation”
b. Aaptive app from ITunes (this is my favorite)
c. Dr. Joe Dispenza’s book “Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself”
D. REMEMBER – you don’t need anything at all! Just a comfortable spot to sit or lay down, headphones (optional) and breathe
- I love using incense or aromatherapy (meditation is a process that evokes all of the senses), my meditation mat and bolster, and my aaptive app – guided meditation is my favorite because I don’t stress out about keeping my mind “Blank”
Routines have been shown to really help people who struggle with anxiety. Becoming a morning person can be very beneficial. The way you start your morning sets you up for the day- a morning routine can help ensure you are set up with the right mindset of gratitude. Practicing gratitude has been shown to alleviate stress, depression and improve relationships.
I am going to be intentional this month about self-care- I want to create a morning routine that sets me up toward feeling positive, grateful and productive. #intentions #self-care #gratitude