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. 

Rest, Self Awareness, Self Care

Taking Intentional Time to Reset

Road Through a Forest in the Mountains and Blue Sky with Clouds

It’s easy to start off the year with goals and intentions for success, however are you also planning some time to relax and unwind? In a world that is extremely fast-paced and in a world where the word “busy” is seen as an accolade, planning some time to relax and unwind can seem like the wrong thing to do. Well, I am here to tell you IT’S NOT. It is 100% the RIGHT thing to do and is necessary for continued success and to avoid burnout.

Whether that time be spent on a Caribbean beach or a stay-cation where the kids continue to go to daycare, it is vital to recharge.

For the past few years, we have planned an extended getaway to the ocean with our best friends; it has always been a trip that I look forward to, enjoy and use as a way to reset. This year will be no different. We are already brainstorming locations and will likely book this month.

Consider taking a moment to brainstorm when, how and where you’ll take some intentional time to regroup, reset and rise even higher this year. It doesn’t have to be expensive and whatever you choose to do, it will definitely be worth it!