I’m starting a new series here on the blog called Weekly Wellness Intention.
This originally started as something I was doing for myself each week on my calendar, but I have decided to share it with you because my hope is that it will be helpful for you too and will be a great way for us to connect as a community and inspire each other.
I’ve hinted at this a bit on the blog, but this year has been a tad rough for me and in a lot of ways it has resulted in me not taking the best care of myself that I possibly could.
I believe that life is about the journey, not the destination, and there are always going to be times when we’re better at self-care than others. My goal during my personal transition has been to practice compassion with myself and remember that being healthy isn’t about perfection - it’s about making the best choices we can for ourselves each and every day. And, when we have a moment of weakness (aka a donut for breakfast), then I believe it’s about learning to make a better choice the next time and moving on. I don’t like to waste time on feeling guilty around food and beating myself up.
So, let’s talk about this wellness intention business… Each week from now until the end of the year I am going to share something that I am working on related to food, lifestyle, health, etc. My goal is to have it be a simple change that feels doable while still being a little challenging.
And, hopefully, week by week, we’ll be working on this together, motivating each other, sharing best practices, and taking care of ourselves during one of the busiest and most stressful seasons. I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty excited to think about reaching the end of the year feeling healthy, strong, and amazing instead of tired and burnt out. So, who’s with me?
Now for this week’s Weekly Wellness Intention… it’s time to get your morning routine in order!
Ever since I moved into my new place I feel like my schedule is all out-of-whack. I’ve been trying to wake up early and go to yoga, but this leaves me rushing the rest of the morning in a panic to get to work at a decent time. It also means that I leave the house with my hair looking like a mess and I’m eating breakfast right before literally running out the door to the bus. It’s time for a change!
This week my wellness intention is to make my mornings less stressful. I believe that mornings set the tone for the day and I hope to use the morning as a time to eat mindfully, while also being more intentional and present in general.
I’m a little nervous about moving my workouts to after-work (because it’s much easier to want to skip a workout later in the day!), but I’m committed to trying it for a week and seeing how it goes.
Here is what my new morning schedule will look like:
6:30 am: wake up
6:45 am: shower & get ready
7:15 am: make breakfast & eat (slowly!)
7:45 am: meditate & set my intentions for the day
8:00 am: leave for work
I think this new schedule will help to eliminate rushing and ease unnecessary stress in the mornings. It will also give me time to actually sit down and eat so I’m not creating more digestive distress for myself. I’m trying it out this week so I’ll be sure to report back next week and let you know how it goes!
Now it’s your turn! What simple changes can you make to your morning routine to make mornings less stressful? Please share them in the comments below!