This was one of the most popular posts last year and I felt it was time for an update since my routine has changed somewhat. New Year’s Resolutions or goals as I call them, can start to lose their luster at the end of the first quarter of the year.
The key to lack of motivation is to look at the root cause, maybe it’s time to shift your thinking to realign the goal with where you are now, today, not three months ago. We have to constantly reassess as life and our health changes, hard and fast resolutions don’t work for me. They don’t allow for changes.
Despite having Chronic Lyme Disease, Fibromyalgia, and Hypogammaglobulinemia., which is an Immune Deficiency Disorder, I’ve been relatively healthy for the past year or so. I count my blessings and chalk it up to some big lifestyle changes including learning to forgive myself. If I get off track, I can’t beat myself up or if I need more naps than I think, I have to take them without quilt.
I believe self-care is the things we do every day to stay healthy, not just the special moments we spend taking care of ourselves. I’m learning more every day about the importance mental health plays on physical health, they are intertwined.
Below are the simple but important steps I work to accomplish every day, there may be a day or two where I don’t get outside or go to Starbucks but as a general rule the outline is my daily schedule.
We go to the Starbucks drive-thru for a coffee. We have a huge container of Clorox wipes and have a routine we go thru before leaving the drive-thru to ensure we don’t get the virus. We take the dogs with us and it’s like a family outing. When the time allows we take them for a short walk at the park. This is where I get my exercise in each day, or however many days a week I can.
Taking all of my medications is critical to my physical and mental health.
Women’s over 50 Multi-Vitamin with Calcium.
Biotin for healthy hair, this step also boosts my self-image.
Vitamin D with K-5000 IU of D3 and 180 Mcg of K2 MK7
Probiotics 100 Billion CFU
Nicotinamide 300mg-Recommended by my Lyme doctor to help improve the immune system at the cellular level.
Manuka Honey, Certified UMF 20+ (MGO 850+)
Use Vegan CBD products.
Eat fresh fruit and yogurt for lunch.
Reduce stress by meditating several times a day for at least 5 minutes. Nothing fancy, no special location in the house, just in my chair or wherever I’m sitting.
Only watch one hour of news, 30 minutes local, and 30 minutes national per day!
Light an aromatherapy candle, placed somewhere I won’t forget it’s burning.
In spite of COVID, I still schedule critical doctor’s appointments and lab work.
Getting outside for fresh air even for 10 minutes. Just hearing a bird call can change the outlook on my day.
There are several bird feeders and a birdbath at the kitchen window that my husband takes care of for me. I can not tell you the enjoyment I get out of seeing the birds, woodpeckers, and squirrels every day.
I spend multiple times a day with my dogs, one on one attention and training. It’s rewarding to watch them grow and learn. The love I get is unconditional.
Go to bed 1.5 to 2 hours before bedtime. During that time, there is no sound, no computer, no phone, nothing. I lather up with my CBD creams and favorite hand lotion and a touch of aromatherapy oil. Sometimes I’ll turn on the diffuser.
That extra time gives my mind a chance to wind down, get all the ramblings out, and let my mind completely calm down. At bedtime, I take my sleeping meds and another round of CBD cream. I’m now ready. Rarely do I have trouble going to sleep.
I don’t accomplish these every day, it’s impossible to always have the motivation to do what’s best for our health. Looking at the big picture each week I can see if I’m focused on the right things, if not I have to ask why. Sometimes it’s just that life got in the way.
There’s no one size fits all to have the best healthy life but we all can take steps every day to push ourselves forward. What small steps have you taken each day to improve your physical and mental health?