A daily routine is one of the key pillars to wellness and living your best life.
I recently read a New York Times In Her Words piece on Amy Chozick. The article was part of a summer series highlighting female writers, etc. One of the topics covered was the daily ritual. The whole concept of rituals got me thinking that yes, we do all have them. Rituals keep us grounded; keep us moving forward; in some cases, keep us sane. Some of us need them to start our day; to feel confident and have that sense that today I can do anything. Others need rituals to stay on track; to not fall off the wagon. Either way, when my routine isn’t followed, I feel off for the whole day; I am totally out of balance. And that feeling begins from the moment I wake up. During the week, my day usually begins at 4:20am; which is ridiculously early, but I need to do this for me. To make matters worse, I was never a morning person, but for some reason, I am able to drag my ass out of bed. Its usually pitch black and because I don’t sleep, I keep my eyes at half mast, unplug my cell phone which I use as a flashlight (and yes, I know, you shouldn’t sleep with your phone by your head, but I do. I find my slippers and mindlessly make my way to the bathroom. I don’t like to turn on the lights until I absolutely have to, so I use my phone to find my way to my gym clothes. Who knew that these smart phones would have so many uses?? I proceed to sit on the floor and pull everything on. I stand, floss, reach for my quip toothbrush, brush my teeth and its about the mouthwash time that I feel awake enough to turn on a light. I make my way to the kitchen where I mix up a shaker full of collagen powder and amino energy. This gives me the pick-me-up needed to get to the gym and be productive. I always take water with me. Right now, I’m loving my Takeya bottle because of the spout. Thankfully, I have two women I meet that get me through the 60-90 minute workout session. We do 30 minutes of cardio and spend the rest of the time lifting and stretching. When I walk out of the gym, I feel rejuvenated; confident and ready to embrace my life. Having this ritual sets the tone for the rest of my day. If nothing else goes right, for some reason, this ritual keeps me in a positive space.