Great Ways to Supercharge Your Routine
Despite best intentions, much of America isn’t taking care of itself. People are still being infected with Covid-19, and those who aren’t are gaining weight and sometimes losing the motivation to exercise. A survey from Weight Watchers says 36% of Americans have gained weight during the COVID-19 pandemic.
But by contrast, a recent study has shown that 42% of Americans are now exercising more as a result of pandemic stay-at-home orders. More people are realizing that it’s important to take care of themselves.
The big idea here is that you can protect yourself from overdoing it and running at full charge all the time by scheduling self-care or downtime.
I’m going to share a story with you about how I began to schedule self-care, to prevent myself from burnout.
Then I’m going to offer you some suggestions on how to take care of yourself.
I’ve been sharing stories of how everyday heroes dance with life to make the world a better place, and how they find new hope after trials and tribulations.
Let’s concentrate on what you can do for the year ahead — making sure you make the time to take care of yourself.
There was a period in my life when on waking the first thing I did was reach for my cell phone. I reacted to text messages, emails and news. Before I was even fully alert I was charging through the messiness of the day.
I began to notice that my mood depended on the news I was receiving and the texts I read. I was becoming dependent on outside influences. Some studies show that Americans check their phones almost 100 times a day. I must have done it even more frequently.
I started to recalibrate. I thought I needed to know what was happening next outside in the world, but I saw that I was being reactive. So, I started waking up and setting my intentions for gratitude. Almost right away my days were less frantic. I learned you can begin to live a happier life if you don’t start reacting to the world as soon as you wake up. I began priming myself every morning with meditation. I even keep my phone in a different room when I sleep. This has totally changed my daily focus, and allowed me to have more creativity, endurance and happiness. You can be happier if you aren’t always in “reactive” mode.
Here is how to take care of yourself so that you don’t feel overwhelmed.
Get it out of your head. Write down everything that you’re overwhelmed about in one column. As you write down what’s freaking you out, it’ll start to defuse the fears, and you’ll see that there’s really not that much to be overwhelmed about. Writing all of it down will make you feel worse because you’ll remember things that you had forgot about, or that you were shoving to the back of your mind
Look at things objectively. This is where a buddy system comes in hand, if you have an accountability buddy or someone else around who can provide perspective. But even if you don’t, you can still make some serious progress.
Take action. For everything on your list, you want to take one of two courses of action:
What can you do? For example, if you realized that you actually do have more work to do this week than last week, what are you going to do to make sure that work gets done? Work an hour later in the evenings? Get up an hour earlier and work in the morning? Once you construct an action plan for dealing with the problem, you’ll feel infinitely better (and you’ll be able to solve the problem, of course).
What can you delegate? There are some things that need to be done but that just aren’t important for you to do. But you’re in luck, because technology has made it much easier and more affordable to delegate the random-yet-must-get-done tasks off your to do list to someone else. Check out TaskRabbit for local tasks, or FancyHands for non-location-dependent tasks. And of course, there’s always Fiverr, Upwork, and oDesk, as well.
The hope here is that you can protect yourself from overdoing it and running at full charge all the time by scheduling self-care or downtime.
Positive Daily Action
Today's action is called:
5-Minute Me Time
Go somewhere into nature (a beach, a park, your backyard)
Sit in silence for 5 minutes (phones off)
Write down on pen and paper what came up for you
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I’d love you to share what you do on social media — and see how you can share joy.
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