In my last blog post, I talked about Pressing Pause and stepping back to evaluate and see where you were. At the time, I was in a frantic, hectic, day to day rush. And I knew it was beginning to take a toll of me… I wasn’t sleeping well, I wasn’t eating well, my anxiety level was sky high and my body felt unwell overall. Oh, and my left eye kept twitching. It was driving me crazy.
So I took a step back, I made lists (I’m a Virgo, after all) of things that were and weren’t working for me. I took a look and let what I uncovered sit with me for awhile. For instance, I found that baths were a great way for me to unwind at the end of the day. There were a message to my body that I was now slowing down and getting ready for bed.
But the problem was I was working up til bedtime, so I’d just hop in the shower for a few minutes before hitting the hay. Totally not helping myself there.
Or, I also realized that I felt more fulfilled and energized on days where I eased into my routine, instead of jumping out of bed to immediately start a workout or answer emails. But what was I doing? Jumping out of bed and immediately answer emails.
So I knew some changes need to be made. The first change was I started paying more attention to what I was eating. I watched That Sugar Film, and read The Year of No Sugar. I decided on May 1 that I would start Whole30 in an effort to get my sanity back and not feel like a slave to sugar.
I also started changing the way I thought about planning and to-do lists. I’ve been a Bullet Journal fan for about six months now, and I loved how it kept me up to date and organized (did I mention I’m a Virgo?) but I realized I was using it in the wrong way, getting up and immediately looking at my to-do lists and jumping right in.
Why was this bad? For me, it meant I might be rushing into my Virgo headspace so quickly, I wasn’t paying attention to my body. I wasn’t realizing that my back was tight from yesterday’s gardening, or my heart still felt a little wounded from the argument I had with my husband the night before. I wasn’t checking in, I was so focused on getting all the things done.
So now I have a new system, a new morning ritual. One that allows me to slowly ease into my day without rushing. There is time to notice the bunnies in the front yard, the birds singing in the trees, the sunrise setting the clouds on fire. I take time to nourish my heart, body and soul before I even look at my to-do list for the day. It sets an entirely different tone for my day and allows me to work from a place of love, happiness and gratitude, instead of rushing through my day mindlessly. I allow for variation during my morning, but there’s usually some cuddle time with our cats, and I’ll read a chapter of out one of the books I keep on my nightstand. Next week I’ll walk you through my exact morning ritual, so stay tuned!