One thing I’ve learned from my experiences with burnout is that it won’t get better by prioritizing myself last.
The past few years have taught me some tough lessons. One of them is that for me to be successful in life, I have to be successful with my own health first. By health, I mean physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health.
While it’s been hard to prioritize myself fully every single day, it’s the small steps towards improvement that I’m working on. That’s my current priority, to make small steps of improvement instead of expecting perfection.
So, what does this look like for me right now?
Having a morning routine is something a lot of people are talking about right now. While it may be talked about and written about everywhere on personal development and self-care platforms, it’s a really important practice to set yourself up for success.
My first encounter with the concept of a morning routine was when I read the book The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod. While the book didn’t necessarily help me get up any earlier in the morning it did help me see the importance of a good morning routine. It helped me realize that I needed a morning routine to start the day in an inspiring and motivating way.
I tried out a few different things like journaling, pulling a daily Tarot or Oracle card, moving my body, meditating, and so on. Over the past few months, I’ve tried out a lot of different things to see what works for me, and I’ve come up with a routine that’s about 30-60 minutes long, depending on what I need that particular day.
It didn’t start like this, though. In the beginning, I only took about 5 minutes to journal and then that morning routine was done. The routine I have now evolved over time.
It still happens that I sometimes skip a few things while I do more other times. It all depends on what I need. And that’s the key. It’s not about being perfect. It’s about listening to your needs every single day and prioritizing that.
HOW A MORNING ROUTINE CHANGED MY LIFE
My morning routine is key for me and is an important factor of whether or not I’ll have a good, productive, balanced day or not.
A good morning routine has helped me feel a lot more balanced, productive, and happy. Now I can look back on my weeks and actually feel like I’ve accomplished something rather than just see all the things that I didn’t do because I was exhausted and unmotivated. And that shift has helped me reduced my stress-levels a lot. For someone who has lost a lot of sleep because of problems with stomach acids, reducing stress is a big win.
Since I run my own business, there’s always a lot more I can do every day in terms of working. But this is a one-woman-show, so if I’m suffering then my business suffers as well. That’s one of the reasons why it’s so important for me to take care of myself.
If one hour every morning is what I need to stay balanced and healthy, I’ll gladly do it. I know that the time I spend taking care of myself will benefit me greatly and contribute to living a better life. That’s worth it for me.