So after I wrote this post last week about how far my reality falls from my ideal in the area of self-care, I couldnt stop thinking about it. My original intention was to incorporate these things into my monthly goals for next year, but I was inspired so I decided to do something about it right away.
Most of the changes I needed to make were small and all I really needed to do was get them incorporated into my routine. To that end, I made myself a self-care resolutions chart.
Right now I have it hung on a clipboard thats on our refrigerator, and I glace at it a few times a day to make sure Im not forgetting anything. I put check marks where Ive completed a task and xs when I dont. I know I wont have to keep using this forever, but until it becomes habit I am very motivated to fill it out.
There are three things on the list that are big changes. Daily Bible study, family dinner, and exercise. So far I have made the first two happen (although its only been half a week). In order to have some spiritual alone time Ive had to move my wake-up time back thirty minutes. Its tough to wake up at 4:30 but I go to bed super early so I dont notice the difference after Ive had my coffee, and its a much better way to start the day. (More about this soon.)
As for family dinner, its really just a matter of planning ahead. Over the weekend I picked out four meals that are extremely quick and easy to make and we did the grocery shopping. If I leave work on time I get home anywhere from 5 to 5:30 and Im cooking by 6, we eat by 6:30. If a meal takes longer than thirty minutes to make it has to get saved for the weekend because its just not happening after work.
The last big change is exercise, and truly right now Im stumped as to how on earth Im going to make this a regular thing. I already wake up at 4:30, and after dinner its time to shower and get ready for bed. I go to sleep at the same time as Meredith which is around 8 or 8:30. I could do some kind of workout on the weekend, but once a week isnt optimal (although I know its better than nothing). Its sad but this might have to be saved for when Im at a different point in my life.
Anyway, the resolutions chart has been working for me so I wanted to make it available to you if you think its something you could use. Find it here on Google Docs, then just save a copy and edit away. I dont have a reward system in place at the moment (nerd alert: the feeling of accomplishment & how much better I feel about myself is reward enough for me) but you could totally do that.
Note: I have a post coming about how I use essential oils for health. Also note that I am not currently eating all that healthy but I havent mentally worked up to that change yet so its still to come. :)