Create a series of routines.
Lately, my life has been, well… ultra chaotic.
I mean it’s always one thing after another, even in the “normal” chaos.
But, in the last two months, my husband had a surprise quadruple bypass
and we have been blessed with the most beautiful first grandbaby,
which led to a trip to Oklahoma,
and a much welcome visit from my second in line.
A mix of bad with really good,
but it all threw me off the routines had created for myself.
The funny thing is that until all of the above happened
I had not realized how little changes had added up.
And how they all added up to create something I now rely on
to keep the chaos from settling into my shoulders,
making me second guess everything,
letting self-doubt creep in,
and resulting in more chaos.
Some of the little changes I had made:
1. Morning meditation.
For months, I had been getting up when my body told me it was time,
took my thrive,
went outside to sit on my patio,
watch the sunrise,
and pick some sort of meditation/self-improvement to listen to,
and just took some time to breathe it all in.
There were days where this routine took 10 minutes,
other days it took 30 or 40.
Some days I added in exercise.
The meditation was sometimes a rosary,
other times a book on audible,
and occasionally just meditation music/sounds.
Other small routines I had created slowly,
one by one were:
tracking my water intake,
starting a load of laundry at 6:30 every morning,
taking a look at my prayer list,
writing down prayer requests instead of just passing over them,
setting reminders on my phone for everything from
telling the kids to take care of the chickens to
brushing their teeth.
It wasn’t perfect, I still have a lot of things I need to work on.
But the above were HUGE!
I just didn’t realize how much so until I let them slide.
These things came about a little at a time,
I had created routines, and found they didn’t work, then recreated them.
These are not the only routines.
Some of my routines are almost silly
(like putting a reminder on my phone to tell the kids to take care of the chickens)
but they are working for me.
My first recommendation is that if you do not have a morning routine,
one that starts your day off with some contemplation,
and time to focus on gratitude,
Create one little routine at a time.
Tweak it, change it, add to it, take away from it.
You will find what works for you.