Don’t stress yourself out striving for perfection. I’m sure you’ve heard it before, but it warrants repeating “stress and worry don’t do anyone any good”; especially not your body.
Try to stick to a few core daily habits that help you maintain balance and then let life flow from there. Making routines too ridged and complex can lead to feelings of guilt when everything doesn’t go to plan. As my mother always said, ‘life is what happens while you’re busy making other plans’. So, don’t let life pass you by in whirlwind of routine action.
Below is an example of an average day for me. I think a “wellness routine” comes down to knowing yourself and incorporating a few simple things that really help you thrive and kick ass throughout your day.
1.Wake up early:
I usually wake without an alarm, but I do always set one. Most days I climb out of bed with excitement. Upon waking I drink 8 ml-12 ml of room temperature filtered water, that I left out on the counter the night before. After 8 hours of sleeping your body is dehydrated, so it’s important to replenish some of that lost moisture in the morning.
2. One hour of ‘ME’ time:
I am what Dr. Breus would categorize a ‘Lion’ chronotype, which essentially means I am at my peak performance first thing in the morning and enjoy going to bed early. I’ve always been a morning person, and I feel my very best physically and mentally about 30 minutes after waking. This time is spent doing things I enjoy; journaling, reading books, and more recently blogging.
Take the quiz and find out your chronotype: Quiz
Early morning exercise may not work for everyone, but it is the only time that works for me. The energy I generate during my morning workout sets me up to be sharp and focused until at least noon. My exercise of choice is a good old fashioned run. I love the freedom of wide open spacing and solitude that running gives me.
However, ANY type of morning movement is beneficial to your body that has just spent the last 6-8 hours restoring itself for you! The best advice for incorporating more movement into your day is to be creative and have fun!
You’ve heard it before “breakfast is the most important meal of the day”. Start your day with the most nutrient dense meal that works for you. Often throughout the day we are too busy to give much thought to nutrition. Because time is precious in the morning I usually throw together a quick green smoothie. My favourite blend being; filtered water, a bit of almond milk, half a banana, frozen peas, spinach, chia seeds, cilantro, unsweetened coconut, a bit of shredded ginger, and a tablespoon of glutamine powder, and I have recently started added sauerkraut for the prebiotic benefits and I can’t even taste it. I also take a vitamin D supplement daily. Smoothies are great because pretty much anything goes!
I currently have an office job, but I am lucky enough to have a standing desk and try to move as much as possible. Usually, at lunch I will try to do something physical to get away from my desk and computer.
I always bring a lunch and several snacks with me to make sure I always have something nutritious to eat throughout the day. This saves money and time, and I don’t have to worry about making poor food decisions based on what is available close to work.
6.Drive home: Unwind by listening to books on my iPhone or CD
On the commute home from work, which luckily is only 30 minutes; I like to listen to books or podcasts. I often order audio books or downloadable books from the library; it’s free and with our busy lives, it allows me to take in great material while doing something else, like running or driving.
I eat early. I come home and start cooking right away. I like to have my last meal by 6:30 which allows my body a 12 hour fast between each day. I haven’t done any research on the benefits of this. I just know that mentally, the idea of clearing out the old and starting each day off fresh really appeals to me.
Eating at the table is also important to me. This illustrates perfectly how simple these habits can be. By sitting at the table; you are more likely to communicate and engage with your family members, chew your food better, relax and focus on the act of eating which can help you enjoy the meal and feel more satisfied from it.
8.Get your living on!
Wow, a couple hours, for yourself! Chose what you do wisely.
These are your hours so do the things you enjoy most and don’t worry about being productive (I know I struggle with that).
9.Prepare for next day:
This is when I prepare a lunch for the next day, put my water out for the next morning and get ready for bed. I keep it simple because by this time, I am tired.
I like having a bed time; making sure I get seven hours of sleep is important to me.
11.Introspection & Gratitude:
Reflect and say a quick prayer of gratitude.