Gratitude, Health and Wellness, Mindset, Morning Routine, Perspective, Rest

Standing Strong in Instability

When you feel like everything is out of control, what do you take control of? When it comes down to it, we can’t control much of the world, right? We have no control over the weather. We can’t control the other drivers on the road. We can’t control when/if the kids will get sick. We can’t control the pandemic, all the riots or the injustice and inequality that continues to happen. However, there IS a lot to take control of and it starts with YOU. We may not be able to control all the riots, injustice or inequality that’s going on in the world, but we can control how we raise our children and the way in which we fight for what we believe in. We may not be able to control the pandemic, but we can control our perspective.
 
How do you take control and stand strong when things feel unstable? We have the ability to control our effort and our mindset, so how do you optimize that to feel more stable in this world?

Here are a few things I like to do:

  • Meal plan and prep – every week Alex and I sit down and figure out what we’re having for breakfast, lunch and dinner for the week. We write it out so we know exactly what we’re having. This helps us to not only get organized for the week, but to take control of our nutrition and schedule. 
  • Morning routine – every single morning, without fail I am doing my usual morning routine. No matter the day, no matter the time I wake up, I do the same thing every morning to not only start my day for me, but to also ground myself in some familiarity and stability. 
  • Movement – I move my body basically every day. I do this because it is the best way for me to manage and cope with any and all emotions. Some days my movement is a run, other days it’s stretching, weight training, yoga, breath work, hiking or snowboarding. 
  • Gratitude – I practice gratitude every day; this is part of my morning routine. It is also something we do every night at the dinner table, as well. Even if the day felt chaotic, there is always something to be grateful for. 
  • Rest – boy, oh boy is this an important one. Whether it be laying on the couch while the girls are napping, or listening to my body and sleeping in until 0600 instead of 0430, rest is crucial to our mental, emotional and physical health. Without proper sleep, we are quicker to become more irritable, likely to make poor food choices and are putting our bodies under stress.
     

These little things that have become habits have made a massive impact over the past year when everything else has felt a little off-balance. 
 
What do you do to help yourself feel grounded? Can you add to it?

Remember, it starts with you. 

Goals, Health and Wellness, Morning Routine

What’s Your Morning Routine?

Alarm clock on bedside table with woman sleeping on background

You have the time for you, are you taking it? Below is my typical morning which almost always sets me up successfully for the day:

  • Alarm goes off at 0500.
  • Out of bed by 0510-0515.
  • Consume at least 6 oz of water and then coffee in hand by 0520.
  • On the couch with my journal where I focus on: 10 things I’m grateful for that have happened in the last 24 hours, 10 dreams that I have and write as if I’ve already accomplished them and 1 goal for the day to get me closer to one of my dreams.
  • Ella typically wakes up between 0515-0600. During this time, Daddy gets her up, brings her down and sets her up by my side with a cup of milk. Curious George goes on the t.v. and her and I snuggle while I finish my writing and she wakes up with George. We snuggle until about 0615-0620; if I’m done my writing, I usually open up the current book I’m reading to get some pages in.
  • Alex and Ella leave the house between 0615-0630 which is when I head downstairs for my workout.
  • 0630- 3 mile run with some weight training. The distance I accomplish and the weight training vary from day-to-day depending on how early I need to start my workday.

From there on out – I’m getting ready for work and starting my workday.

My morning routine was not always like this. In fact, I would once wake up, walk right into the shower and immediately start my day by preparing for work and running out the door. I had very little control over the start of the day because I immediately woke up on someone else’s schedule. I got serious about my own morning routine at the beginning of this year when I wanted to ease into my day with a little less chaos, a little more me and some time to practice gratitude and grace.

Most of my days, I feel accomplished just because I was able to start my day with my own intentions and goals in mind. Will things shift a bit as I change seasons of life? Absolutely, but I’m okay with that because ultimately I know what I need to feel centered and grounded for a good day: practicing gratitude and moving my body.

What’s your morning routine? Are you starting your day by immediately jumping into someone elses’ schedule like your boss or your kids? Or are you waking up earlier to make some time for yourself before the day takes over? You have the time to pursue your health. You have the time for yourself. It just might be a little earlier than you are familiar with – do it anyway!