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Stuck at home? Quarantined? 6 things you can still do to practice self care.

It’s a strange time we’re living in right now. Most everyone I know would agree we’ve not lived through moments like this before. We don’t have experience in lock downs and stay at home orders. We aren’t used to seeing folks in masks at the grocery store. Or viewing empty shelves and lines just to buy the essentials. This moment in time is new and unprecedented for most of us.

While my morning looks the same today; quiet, sun shining, coffee in hand and my family still sleeping; the world we live in isn’t the same. We sat glued to the television last night watching the expected”stay at home” order announcement. As we went about our evening after I couldn’t help but think what that means for tomorrow when I’m to go to work. It’s hard to know how this order effects my day to day life. I’m not in an essential job (in my opinion) but I’m sure my employer sees this differently. So I’m waking up in a new reality trying to make some decisions.

One thing I’m thinking on though is how to get some self care in when everyone is home and there’s very little chance to get alone time. As a mother how do I still take care of myself while all the children are around every moment? I’m sure many of you parents are stressed and worried and are busy caring for so many others that your own needs are lost in the fray.   Besides the new worries about health we still have the same stressors as before with jobs, bills and now how to make sure these kids’ education stays on track. It is a different world already and here in the US; only under 2 weeks into this crisis. 

So how do we cope?  How do we function in a world gone mad in some ways?  What do you do to stay focused on goals? To stay healthy mentally and physically?   We all know to keep distances from others outside our homes.  We know not to shake hands or hug on others.   But what do we do for our own individual sanity each day?  

Here are a few things I am doing to keep myself from becoming too overwhelmed by this moment in time: 

  1. Believe this too shall pass!  Having Faith in times of trials has always helped me.  No matter what that faith is in, call it God, Universe, etc…believing there is a purpose to life and our own individual place in it, helps me get through moments that do not make much sense.  Faith is like a house foundation for me.  It holds everything else up.
  2. Continue to keep similar routines, even with everyone home.  I have been the first one up (most days) for the last few years.  I am still continuing that.   Still starting my day with quiet meditation, reading and journaling.  Still setting my alarm to get up and start the day; not hiding under the covers.  
  3. Keep active!  Exercise is always important for physical and mental health.  Keep going for a walk; even if in your house.  Do sit ups.  Squats. Push ups.  Do things that will get your heart rate up (if you are healthy to do so) and help those positive endorphins release.  
  4. Set a time for how much you read or watch the news.  Just like crisis’s in the past, the news coverage is on 24/7.  We have access to news from all over the globe.  We have to learn to turn it off now and again.  Creating a boundary for the amount of time we devote to being hammered with information is important. Boundaries are for our protection, set limits. 
  5. Learn a new skill.   Now is the time to try something new at home that you may have always been interested in.  There have been numerous websites that are listing classes, videos, webcasts or podcasts for free.  You can probably at least get an introduction to something you have been waiting to learn.  
  6.  Get enough rest.  Do not stay up late watching another news cast.  You will be able to see it all the next day.  Do not stay up late eating cause you are stressed about how to pay everything and what will you do next.  Sleep is vital to your brain function.  You need your mind and body to function at optimal health and sleep is necessary to achieve this.  If you suffer insomnia (especially in times of stress) try to take rests often; at least close your eyes and try to turn the mind noise down.  

In times of stress it is very hard to make time for yourself and your needs.  I know we are all experiencing different reactions to this crisis, but remember each life is valuable.  YOU MATTER!  Your family needs you to be at your best.  No matter what crisis comes our way we will get to the other side.  Taking care of yourself makes you better prepared to care for others.  Keep fighting to stay healthy and sane. 

Wishing each of you good health. 

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Monday motivations

March is definitely roaring in like a lion with cold wintry temperatures and sunshine today!  But even in the cold, we can see the signs of Spring coming.  Flowers beginning to pop up all around the neighborhood and the days becoming longer (at least here in the NW).

This has me struggling to be indoors without any light from any windows this morning.  Work is challenging to concentrate on and I am itching to enjoy the sunshine.  To kick off this week, I am posting motivations; for you and for me.

May we each have a fabulous Monday!

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Posted in Sunday quotes

Roaring like a lion

It’s a new month today!  It is said that this month comes in “roaring like a lion and goes out like a lamb”, have you ever heard this phrase before?  I have but had not thought of it in awhile so I looked it up. It means that March comes in with Winter still going strong but when the month ends Spring is upon us.  As I am waking up to a spectacular sunrise over a whole bunch of mountain peaks in very cold temperatures, I am reminded of this.

And it has me thinking about how we approach life sometimes.  How there are seasons where we are going all out, chasing our dreams and goals, making strides in our relationships or businesses, pursuing the hard things.  I see this as roaring like a lion. And then there are the times when we are more laid back, going with the flow, enjoying the fruits of our labor, I see this as the lamb season.

These thoughts do not have to apply to literal seasons such as Winter and Spring but also as the seasons of our lives.  Where are you right now?  Are you in pursuit of your desires?  Are you hustling; chasing those dreams?  Making changes?  Or are you enjoying the work you have done and are more relaxed?  Playing more than working?  Taking more time to rest?

Just like the seasons change and each brings something new to wonder and marvel at, we too have seasons in our relationships, bodies, employment, parenting, etc.  We are never standing still.  We are not the same next year as we are today.

Waking up to this incredible view this morning, I am in awe.  I wish the above picture could do the majesty justice.  But is hard to capture something that is meant for the eye to see standing in front of it.  It reminds me of how small and tiny I am in this big huge world.  How I am just one person. But also how each of us have something unique and special to bring to this life.  We may be tiny but we are not insignificant.

No matter what season you may be in your life journey, appreciate where you are.  Look around you and find some beauty.  Sometimes you will be given the gift to wake up and see the wonder that is this life; enjoy it!  Marvel at it.  Take it in and let the seasons of this life grow you into who you were meant to be.

Whether you are roaring or relaxing, see the beauty. Find the joy. The best you is the one who knows how valuable you are and who shares that with others. The one that stands in moments of awe and majesty and is grateful to be alive. Who sees all the hard, tough, brutal seasons as the winter of this journey; believing and knowing that spring is on it’s way.

Are you standing in front of something so spectacular that you are in awe? Please share!

Posted in Monday Musings

Monday motivations–getting started

Thinking about how to stay on track with goals and dreams had me thinking this past weekend that maybe it’s time for a new series. I enjoyed posting a new vocabulary word last year and just always like the idea of having a specific topic to write about in a series type format.

So with that idea in mind and wanting to keep this blog continuing forward with more self care and best life tips; I’m kicking off motivation Mondays. This is where I might post a quote, a story, a list or anything I think may be of value to anyone that might need some motivation to continue to pursue your best life and tackle your goals and dreams. I know I can often use the extra push in my daily pursuit to be better than the day before.

So today, let’s kick things off! I have a list of dreams that I am dedicated to achieving in this next decade and I can use to stay on track. So today let’t start with a quote that is motivating to me; perhaps it will be for you as well.

This is where it starts! What are you thinking on? What are you hoping and planning to achieve this year? This decade? It’s starts with belief! It’s a choice of believe it’s possible. A choice to take action.

So today think about your dreams. Think on what you want for your life. Start with your thoughts. Dream about what’s possible.

Till next time…

Posted in Monday Musings

Monday Musings–Do you struggle with staying committed to goals?

I didn’t want to get out of bed this morning.  I was not feeling that 430 am wake up alarm!  My first thought was “not already!”  There just did not seem to be enough down time this weekend.  Too many activities, hours in the car and late nights, I was not feeling as rested heading into a Monday morning as I prefer.  And to top if off, the team I wanted to win the Super Bowl lost (this is an American football tradition for those not familiar).  To say the least I was less than excited to the day.

But I got up anyway! See I committed to making my health a priority this year.  I decided to be active Every Single Day.  Not when it was convenient.  Not only when I want to or feel like it.  I made a deliberate commitment to myself.  So even on mornings I do not want to workout.  Or the mornings I do not want to get out of bed.  I do not always want to read or journal.  BUT, I always feel better once I follow through on that commitment. I always feel accomplished when I see those minutes rack up on my Fit Bit.  Or when I see the string of entries without any missed days.

Commitment is tough at times. It requires sacrifice often.  Today it was a struggle to not just be lazy and fall back to sleep on the sofa.  And once I completed that workout and the rest of my morning rituals, the better I felt about facing the day.  I had more energy. I was in a more positive frame of mind.

What commitments have you made to yourself this year?  How are you working on them after the first month of the new year?  Did you set a resolution without a plan for follow through?  I think many of us know that if we “fail to plan our plans will fail“~Churchill quote.

Because this commitment to my health is my number one priority this year; I made a plan to execute.  Here is what I do daily:

  1. Get up between 430-500 am.  This took some gradual adjustment.  I was already getting up consistently at 5, so each work day in January I moved the alarm back by 5-10 minutes.  Now waking up at 430 is not that challenging.  But I do head to sleep between 9-10 pm.  Sleep is vital to health and knowing your optimum amount of rest needed will help you if waking up early is a goal.
  2. Be active every day.  I started the first week with a set amount of squats each day for a week.  Then I added in walking a specific amount of steps.  Then push-ups.  Now at 6 weeks into the new year, I am up to about 20-25 minutes each day, lots of weight training activities and 8-10K steps per day.  This was a change from setting a weight loss goal, this was about being intentional with activity every day.
  3. Read and journal every day.  I have done both of these for the past couple of years.  Reading has always been something I love so this is pretty easy of a commitment.  Writing everyday is a bit tougher to follow through on.  But I want to see the progress.  I want to see the string of dates without a break.  So after my daily workout, I read and write.
  4. I write my goals (5 of them) everyday.  The main one I am focusing on, I write multiple times a day.  I am thinking about that one thing all day, everyday.  I am  jotting down what I want to do each week to work toward that goal.

Keeping our commitments to ourselves seems really easy to give up on.  Making changes is tough! For some reason, it seems easier to keep when we make a commitment to someone else.  But you are just as important!  In fact if you don’t make yourself a priority you do not have as much to give to anyone else.

So this month, renew (or keep going) your focus to keeping those promises you make to yourself.  Make a plan.  Write it down.  And mark it off when you complete those tasks.  You are not alone! Keep going. Even on those Monday mornings when you want to sleep in, just keep at it!