HELLO my friends and happy New Year.
We’re a few days into 2019 now and for some reason we’ve collectively decided that this is the best time to make life changes, set new goals, change up our ways (which, really we can do at ANY time), however it seems to work quite well.
For these first few weeks motivation is up and you’re feeling amped to crush these goals and resolutions more than ever. Then we move into February and this feeling starts to dwindle, whether you get sucked back up into seasonal sadness (which I have some self care activities to help beat that right over here) or you just lose sight of all of the ambitious goals you’ve set in the first place; it can sometimes be hard to return back on track and reconnect with that feeling you’re inspired with right now.
I could probably go on and on with a 12 step process but let’s not over complicate things – we like to keep life nice and simple over here and goal crushing really doesn’t have to be a huge, daunting process.
The magic in all of this is CONSISTENCY.
When you’re thoughts and actions are in line with what you’re working toward, and you are consistent with these processes there isn’t any room left to fall off the wagon. I don’t mean this in a “grind till ya die” type of way, because rest & self care is so essential to personal achievement, but allow yourself to do this guilt free and within reason. Your eye stays on the prize and nothing can get in your way.
Staying in the flow of your resolutions/goals/whatever you want to call what you desire to achieve – can best be done with a routine. Personally, I NEVER used to be a routine type of gal. I don’t work well within what I feel to be limits & restrictions. I thoroughly enjoy going with the flow, and routine was never a part of my vocabulary. Until I discovered that a routine actually doesn’t have to resemble that of a school time table where your actions are dictated by a time on the clock if you know what I mean.
A routine doesn’t necessarily mean follow this exact step by step process of your day, but more the sense of here’s a general guideline of actions and activities to complete throughout your day while still going with the flow and allowing yourself the freedom to listen to your body & natural flow of life.
Craft your routine in a way thats exciting, that makes you jump out of bed in the morning absolutely AMPED to go about your day knowing you have some fun things to do that keep you in line with this dream you’re manifesting.
I’ve crafted this motivating self care routine as a guideline to personalize in your own way that suits your individual goals and dreams. I decided to categorize it into morning, daytime, and night routine ideas so it’s easier for you to break down your day into manageable pieces.
Motivating Self Care Routine
Morning time aka the most PRECIOUS time of the day for humans. Just waking up from dream-land your mind is fresh & clear. How you go about your morning can often set the tone for the rest of your day. If you’re waking up rushed, anxious, or unfulfilled this will likely translate into your daytime activities as well. Try to take it slow.
- When you first wake up, avoid reaching for your phone as your first activity. Give yourself AT LEAST 30 minutes to wake up, decide how you want your day to go, have a little stretch to get your body moving and grooving after over 6 hours of slumber.
- Start with water. As a coffee fanatic myself it’s so easy, and I mean WAY too easy to create the habit of coffee being your first beverage. However, if you think about it and while taking into consideration how much water our bodies actually need throughout the day; you just went over 6 hours with taking in 0 fluids. Whether you feel it or not your body is hella thirsty. Aim for one glass before you brew your magic in a cup – give your body the nourishment and hydration it needs, not the delicious dehydration that you might crash from in the long run.
- Give yourself time to get ready. Look good, feel good – am I right? Waking up rushed, not giving yourself enough time to put a little extra TLC into your daily look and feel will also reflect throughout your day. Whether you wake up a little earlier or cut down or eliminate your morning phone time – make that extra time & just see over time how much better you’ll begin to feel going into your day.
- Take a few minutes and write out a daily to-do list. This doesn’t have to be a long ass list of 900 things you wish or want to do – keep it manageable. Set out a general time of how long these activities will take or how much time you want to put into it and stay true to it. Whether you put 30 minutes of physical activity, 2 hours of downtime, etc – it doesn’t really matter at which time of the day you do these, but you now know how much time to create in order to accomplish them!
- Do one thing for you. How often can you say you actually enjoyed your morning or did something you love? Even if its small, like listening to your favourite playlist or podcast, or doing a quick meditation – spend a bit of time on you and only you.
Often the busiest time, don’t forget to take a second to BREATHE. Practice acceptance for what you are able to achieve and forgiveness for what you are not. It’s never, ever too late to start again. Here’s a basic guideline to follow throughout your mid-day to keep you on track and in line with those goals and dreams.
- Break down your time. From your to-do list you know what activities you are working to achieve throughout your day, if you can break it down to how much time you want to spend on these activities or how much time you’ll need there’s a good chance you’ll spend less time procrastinating and more time doing the thing.
- Take adequate food & water breaks. When your body is nourished you are much more likely to be able to focus on what you’re doing. Whether this means focused on your task at hand, or just focused on staying in the present rather than finding yourself day dreaming. Keep up with your water intake especially as a hydrated brain is a happy brain!
- Allow a moment of rest. When you’re constantly go go go, trying to crush aLLLL the things your chances of burn out and wanting to throw in the towel completely before you’re done becomes much higher. Even take 5, step away fro a moment and take a second in nature, in a different room or environment – change it up and chances are when you return to your list you’ll feel SO much more energized, focused, and ready to tackle what’s left.
- Have fun with whatever you’re doing. Even if its the most un-fun activity ever – like cleaning your kitchen or doing laundry. MAKE IT FUN! Whether you create the most epic dance party while you wipe down those counters or make a game out of folding your clothes – whatever it is you gotta do to have an enjoyable time DO IT. The chances of you dreading the activity the next time it comes around are slim.
This is your time to unwind, clear your mind of the day you just experienced, set yourself up for a good sleep & start to your next day. Try your best to take it slow, as the feeling and mindset you’re in before you sleep will translate into your sleep – it’s all a cycle. Here are a few activities that are my must-do’s within my night routine that I think you will absolutely love too!
- The best thing you can do to set yourself up for a stellar sleep is to adjust your lighting. Turn off those bright, blinding lights & trade that in for warm, dimly lit lighting am hour or so before you’re ready for bed. This tells your brain that the sun has set and it’s time to slumber.
- You hear this one on probably every single night routine ever created, ever. But it’s just THAT important, I promise. Turn off your screens at least 30 minutes before you sleep. The reason ties into the same as the point above with adjusting your lighting. Technology releases blue light which highly impacts our bodies circadian rhythm which is essentially our natural sleep/wake cycle. If this genuinely isn’t something that’s easy for you to do, say if you work late, I HIGHLY recommend using the Night Shift feature on your phone, which reduces the blue light. Or by downloading a program for your computer which does the same such as f.lux
- A great activity to incorporate into your nightly routine is reflective journaling. This is one of the easiest ways to keep track of your personal progress, determine what’s working for you and what isn’t, and essentially just get to know yourself and your life a little bit better, below the surface. This is also a GREAT way to build personal confidence, here is some more info on how to start and some prompts to use as well!
- Spend some time on you. Shower, wash your face, brush your teeth – make a little extra time to wash away the days dirt & clean yourself up. It feels so darn good to go to sleep feeling clean and clear and your skin will LOVE you for it.
- Right before you’re ready to slumber, unfocus your mind from everything. Take a few minutes, whether it be 2 minutes or 5 minutes and express gratitude of your day, acknowledge that you did your best and let go of everything that happened. Tomorrow is a new day, the canvas is blank and the paint brush is in your hand. So in this sense, clean the paintbrush before you start your painting tomorrow or you know how it gets.
Remember this isn’t an exact step-by-step/must follow each aspect type of routine, however each step holds it’s own type of importance. Take what rings true to you and leave what doesn’t, and you can always change up your routine whenever you feel something isn’t serving you, or if you feel you can add more.
This is a phenomenal way to keep your motivation high and inline with your goals and New Year resolutions. Let me know your favourite step in the comments below 🙂
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