John C. Maxwell said, “You’ll never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine.” Lately, I’ve found that creating a daily self-care routine has been the secret of my success.
Identifying the Everyday
Every day, you brush your teeth, you make your coffee (or maybe you stop somewhere and buy one). You probably listen to the same radio show on the way to work and talk to the same people when you arrive.
It’s all a part of your daily routine.
My Old Routine
Three years ago, here was what my typical weekday looked like:
- Wake up at the last possible second, frantically put on makeup, brush my hair & teeth and find some clothes.
- Stop at the local coffee stand, grab a sugary-sweet latte and maybe a pastry if I was hungry.
- Get to work, sit at a computer.
- Take a morning break – grab a coffee from the lunchroom, fill it up with French vanilla coffee creamer, sit at a table and enjoy the sugary coffee with a snack (pretzels with hummus, probably).
- Get back to work, where I continue sitting in front of a computer.
- Take a lunch break – sitting at a table in the lunchroom, enjoying some dinner leftovers from the night before (likely spaghetti).
- Back to work at the computer until afternoon break which consists of more sitting and another snack. This snack is probably a sugary yogurt.
- More work at the computer.
- Go home, check the mail, let the dog out, then pop open a beer or pour a glass of wine and settle down in front of the TV. Cook up some form of pasta, stay up too late watching TV.
My life felt chaotic, I didn’t have a daily self-care routine, and I couldn’t stop gaining weight.
How Everything Changed – The Beginning of My Daily Self-Care Routine
It was about 3 years ago that I found the book The Slight Edge, by Jeff Olson. It was just sitting on my bookshelf.
I’d read it a few years prior, enjoyed it, but really did nothing with the knowledge it gave me. Now, I thought maybe I could use some guidance.
This was when everything changed!
I started waking up earlier for a daily self-care routine first thing in the morning. I used this time to cook a healthy breakfast, put together a nutritious lunch, and exercise. I started walking on my breaks, walking my dog after work, cooking healthier meals and enjoying a cup of tea in the evenings.
These days, I get up even earlier.
I’ve found that my day feels more balanced if I have an opportunity in the morning to journal, read a bit of a book and ease into my day. Once you start paying attention to your routines and really taking charge, you’ll begin to notice what works and what doesn’t.
Change your routine, change your life.
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