Here are a few ways I’ve learned to take care of myself better – especially with a busy schedule.
1. CREATE A MORNING ROUTINE AND STICK WITH IT!
Morning routines or morning rituals are big right now, and they can be such incredible tools.
Most of us have a morning routine. The problem is our morning routines aren’t as developed as they could be.
A well-developed morning routine allows you to get up earlier and spend some time on yourself before starting your normal day. If done correctly, your morning routine will get you energized, focused, and feeling confident.
Four major categories of well-developed morning routines that can help you work on are the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual areas of your life. Some examples of each category are as follows.
Physical: Everything you can do with your body or physical space. Examples: exercising, eating a healthy breakfast, drinking water, or taking needed supplements like a multivitamin.
Mental: Your mind, including thoughts, beliefs, values, goals, hopes, dreams, desires, and plans. Examples: Read, set goals, make a list of what is on our mind, create a plan or schedule for the day.
Emotional: Your feelings, emotions, relationships. All things related to your heart. Examples: expressing gratitude, connecting with family and friends, or anyone who makes you feel happy and connected.
Spiritually: You and a feeling of inspiration. Examples: meditation, be in nature, religious study, connect to yourself.
Morning routines can be as short as 20 minutes or as long as 2 hours. So, don’t feel like you have to include everything in your morning ritual – especially when you’re first starting out.
Here is an example of a morning routine:
- Wake up at 6:00 am
- Drink 16 ounces of water with lemon – 2 minutes
- Do a HIIT workout – 20 minutes Stretch – 2 minutes
- Meditate – 3 minutes
- Eat a healthy breakfast – 15 minutes
- Shower & Hygiene – 10 minutes
- Get dressed – 5 minutes
- Review goals & schedule for the day – 3 minutes
- Start your normal day at 7:00 am
(Optionally, you can add a buffer time block to give yourself a little cushion in case you’re running late. Ex: 10 minutes buffer time.)
This is just one example and you should always create your own morning routine that fits your personal needs and time schedule. But keep in mind if you’re limited on time, you can still get a good morning routine within an hour.
2. EXERCISE BEFORE YOU START YOUR DAY