Everything that is important
My grandfather was 98 years young when he passed. Until the day he left us he consistently followed the same routine every single morning:
1️⃣ He made his bed 🛏
2️⃣ He brushed his teeth and washed his face 💦
3️⃣ He got dressed for the day in his khaki pants, brown belt and collared shirt 👕
Did I mention this man never left the house? The farthest he ever went was outside on the deck to enjoy the sun. I couldn’t understand who he was getting out of his pajamas for. Why bother making your bed or looking nice when no one sees it? The answer was for HIMSELF! His pride. He took care of his body and his environment because it made him FEEL GOOD!
My number ☝️ tip for everyone during this quarantine is to find a new “temporary norm” every day that makes you feel good about yourself and your environment. We are naturally creatures of habit which is part of the reason why this quarantine is causing us great stress. Our day to day functioning was disrupted causing a large amount of instability and therefore discomfort. You see, as humans we organically thrive for “homeostasis” - stability, balance, equilibrium. Let’s adapt to our new lifestyle and embrace a cultural shift instead of fighting it so hard.
We are more likely to have a positive mood when we are organized and have structure in our day - Even if that structure consists of very SIMPLE tasks like my Gramps ⬆️
Start with listening to what your body needs. For this, I refer to Maslow’s hierarchy of needs 🔺 Therapists have been using this theory to prioritize human needs since it was introduced in the 1940’s. I’ll attach a visual at the top of this article 😉 In short, if basic needs are not met, such as food, water then shelter and safety.. it’s hard to fulfill complex needs such as social/emotional or self actualization/healthy self esteem.
Our ancestors may have a different story to tell but for most of us, our basic needs haven’t been threatened in our entire lives! We’ve been able to sit in the middle or the top of Maslow’s triangle and focus on our careers/purpose, mental health, self esteem, social needs... but when have we had to be so cognizant about our basic needs? So I ask you... please... let’s get back to the basics people! What does your body need?! 🤔
If it needs movement - Exercise
If it needs rest - Sleep or Sit Down
If it needs nourishment - Drink or Eat
If it needs to slow down & relax - Deep Breathe, Read, Engage in Mindfulness Activities (Post on relaxation to follow 😏)
You see, for a long time our culture moved us into a rushed, fast paced lifestyle where we unlearned to primitively listen to our bodies... because most of us haven’t had the time! We’ve had the “luxury” of keeping so busy we were often on autopilot. What better than a forced “pause” to SLOW DOWN 🐢 . Get back in touch with him/her! Build time into your day to give your body what it needs.
BUT HOW DO I SLOW DOWN?! 😩
🛑 Stop pressuring yourself.
We live in a world with so much pressure on efficiency and productivity. There has to be a quicker and easier way to do everything... and if you discover it, you hit the jackpot 💰 Now is the time to discontinue that mindset!
Some days I change from my pajamas to my sweat pants... I’ve successfully gotten through another quarantine day. Some days I get dressed in jeans and do my hair and makeup and drive down to look at the ocean 🌊 ... I’ve successfully gotten through another quarantine day. I do whatever I need to do to make me feel accomplished at the end of the day. Some days are just filled with more content because I feel the need for more activity. What makes you feel accomplished for the day?
You’re allowed to have “down” time 🕰
Do something you haven’t had the time to do but have wanted to do ....
🔹Call that friend for an hour long chat
🔹Get moving on that home project that gives you pride in your home
🔹Watch a movie
🔹Make your favorite comfort food
Now is the time to do the things you DIDN’T have time to do!
Even if that thing to do is to 🔹take a damn day off and REST...
Maybe today I’ll sit my little 🍑 outside, enjoy the fresh air, and have a moment of gratitude in honor of my Grandfather... I’m telling you he was on to something 😉