Acceptance, Balance, Consistency
Reflection is so good, right? Taking time to connect with yourself and take inventory. Check in and see what you need, how life is feeling. So important to make time for this.
On my own wellness journey, I realized that I never did this. I was so busy and worried about everything and everyone around me.
One day while daydreaming/brainstorming I began to think of the things that could be difficult to do for myself in regards to self-care.
I came up with this list, which I call my A,B,C’s. Thought it would be apropos to share since it is back-to-school time!
ACCEPTANCE: Life flows a lot easier when we are not throwing boulders in to the moving river of life and blocking its path.
-Accept what your needs are. Do you need over 8 hours of sleep to function at 100%, then make time for that sleep by setting an alarm to remind you to go to bed? (I have to do this!) Do you require alone time to recharge? Then schedule the time to meditate, create or just simply be by yourself. Do not compare yourself and your needs to others, because we are all different and have different needs.
-Accept where you are emotionally, physically, monetarily. Life is a lot happier when you can just let it be what it is. If all of your energy is spent being upset about the way things are or aren’t, how do you make room for good healthy changes to actually move forward?
BALANCE: When you live life in balance you will get more done and have more energy and your coping skills get stronger. All these elements should be a regular part of your life.
-Exercise: Get moving. Find an exercise you enjoy. There are so many choices to choose from. Pilates, trampoline, fascia rolling, yoga, barre, walking, boxing, cycling, running to name a few.
-Eat right: 8 cups of water minimum. 3 normal size or 6 small meals a day, well balanced, full of nutrients and whole foods. Don’t skip meals because you are too busy or trying to lose weight. Without good food you will have less energy to complete the things you need to get done and it actually slows your metabolism down (causing fat to get stored) when you skip meals.
-Work: Cause life.
-Family: Whether it’s over dinner, or right before bed, or on the weekends, make time for quality time with your family. We are created for relationship. Take a moment to genuinely connect with each other. Quality over quantity if time is constantly crunched.
-Friends/Fun: Life is meant to be good and happy. Friendships and fun are a major part of that. Make plans even if it is for a quick cup of coffee/tea, take a walk, or working on meal prep together. There are so many things we do on the daily any way, why not invite a friend to join you and make it more fun while building that friendship. And make time to have a hobby or some creative outlet. It doesn’t need to be a huge undertaking. It could be a class at your local makers or a simple diy from online. It could be a book club or cooking club once a month. But something that is yours and where your mind can let down and imagination can take over.
CONSISTENCY: It is so easy to start and then we stop. With a little planning you can create consistency in your life. When you show up consistently things start to get completed, people can depend on you, relationships get stronger, life is fuller and happier.
-Your cell phone can be your best friend for this, it’s mine. I set reminders, timers and alarms all day long to remind me of the things that I want to achieve. Whether it’s taking my supplements in the morning (which yes I often forget to do), or setting an alarm to remind me to go to bed so I can sleep and function at full capacity the next day, my cell really helps me out. I also set timers for projects or things that need to be done that I do not want to do. I set a timer for 10, 15 or 20 minutes and I commit to spending the time on that thing.
I also plan the things I want to have as part of my everyday wellness and check them off as I accomplish them. They are all quick and happen throughout the day, but it feels good to know my self-care is consistently being made a priority. I also use my planner to schedule time with friends, family and to create. Because if I don’t I keep working or become an introvert. Balance is key. Planning is key.
Adapt these A,B,C’s to your own life for your own well-being.