Stress is increasing now that school is once again beginning; constant thoughts of to-do lists and "not enough time" and "can't get it all done" have returned, leaving me sleepless the past three nights. Aargh! Though I type this--in my fatigue-- on Wednesday, Tuesday was a good day for self-care. I am establishing a new, kinder and more achievable routine for health and wellness. Yesterday morn, I completed my round of yoga and prana, listened to a short visualization program which I recently started. At 12 minutes, plus yoga practice of a bit more, I can adhere to this shorter 20 minute routine in the mornings, which I will alternate with exercise on other days. My usual standard is to set too-high standards that I inevitably can't follow through, and end feeling like I have failed. With 3 days of exercise, that will get me back in the habit without having to unbalance and overexert and exhaust myself attempting my normal 5. 3 days of exercise, 3 days of meditation/visualization; this I can achieve with positive results.
I have vowed in the afternoons, immediately following school, to engage in a deep relaxation (yoga nidra), 3 days each week. I'll also take a short walk a few nights each week , to get some fresh (well, traffic, MoPac, and pollution -- so it's not all that fresh) air, as well as alternating that with MBSR (Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction) or visualization/meditation.
So I am grateful for self-care tools and action! I'm finding balance in the changes of how I approach fitness and health; allowing instead of struggling, acting on that which I am capable of doing rahter than trying to force myself to perform at previous levels. It's okay. It's all good.
Now, If I could just get some damn sleep!
...is practicing gratitude every day for 365 days. Began on April 22, 2016, let's see how life changes over the course of this next year!