Would you like to know one thing that could be key to success in this whole living-your-best-healthy-life? ROUTINE. Yep, believe me when I say that you can create a routine to help you be your best self.
routine can be your best friend
Something that seems so bland, boring, repetitious and well, routine, can be key to keeping those resolutions we all make in trying to better ourselves, especially as we enter the middle of our life. Whether it’s to eat more veggies, cutting out soda or to up your work out game, creating a routine around the actions you want to implement is key.
I’m all for spontaneous, fun-for-all good times so don’t think I am a total buzz kill. What I mean about routine is that when you make a commitment to change something for the better in your life, creating a habit ensures that it becomes a part of your life without thinking about it.
How can you improve your routine to be your best self?
I think mornings can be one of the most powerful times to have a routine in place. What is your morning routine like? Peace and zen? Or more stress and rush and yelling at kids to get their teeth brushed and don’t-you-dare-miss-the-bus-because-I’m-not-taking-you-to-school? Not that I’ve ever said that.
Do you ever wish you could start your day off a little more zen-like? Guess what? You can. It takes a little planning and probably setting your alarm earlier. Really think about how you want to feel when the day starts and what it would take for you to feel that way.
Here are some ways to create routine in the morning –
- Enjoy 30 minutes of quiet before the rest of the house awakens to sit with a warm mug of something, catch up on news, journal or pray
- Getting a work out in so you don’t have to try to fit it in later in the day
- Taking a minute to check in with yourself to see what you are truly feeling and what you really need to feel supported that day
I know that if I don’t get up before everyone else in my house (husband, 2 boys, 16 and 13, and a dog), I feel like I am running late for the rest of the day. I only speak when spoken to in the morning so having 30 minutes just to myself with my coffee is mandatory by this point in my life. It just sets me up for a mentally great day. This routine hasn’t always existed for me but I have discovered that it is something that I truly NEED now.
Routine with eating and drinking
Let’s say you want to make a commitment to cutting out soda and drink more water. You will want to create a routine involving drinking water so that your actions, while new and uncomfortable at first, become second nature over time. You can start by filling your water glass at night before you go to bed so that you can chug it down first thing in the morning before your coffee (I personally do this).
Then, throughout the day, part of your routine can be that you set parameters around how much and how often you drink water. Maybe you have a 32 oz water jug with you at work and your goal is to re-fill it when you leave home, at lunch and at 3pm every day. You might even set an alarm on your phone to remind you to drink up. Over time, you won’t need an alarm as your routine has taken over and become second nature.
What about food? You can definitely create routine around your meals but that might end up getting a little boring, right? However, when wanting to make a shift in your eating towards more healthy options, it can be a really powerful tool in your success. By planning your meals a few days at a time and getting in a routine, you can cut out the surprises and have the strength to turn down the last-minute lunch out knowing you have a great meal ready to eat.
make a meal plan and make it part of your routine
Try this routine- on Sundays, look ahead at your week, planning out your meals. Prep and make breakfasts and lunches for the next few days. Change it up from week to week so that you can keep boredom at bay. A great breakfast to prep? My Overnight Maple Cinnamon Oats. Also, grill some chicken, roast some veggies, package them in containers you can grab and go in the morning. This will take an hour and save you much time, frustration and a few greasy meals during the week.
when routine is a foe
Sometimes routines can be not-so-great. You feel me? I will confess I have a routine of needing something sweet after dinner every night, which honestly can lead me down a rabbit hole of nighttime snacking. What I know I need to do is create a new routine of brushing my teeth or going for a walk right after dinner because I know that stops my craving. Sometimes that is easier said than done, honestly.
What routines do you have that aren’t serving you? Think how awesome you will feel when you can replace that habit with one that supports how you want to feel. Just take it one change at a time!
Need more ideas? Leave a comment or shoot me an email. Would love to help!