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Old 11-07-2019, 11:54 AM   #1
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Heart What does your *healthy* routine look like?

What does your *healthy* routine look like?

Do you leave room to be flexible if you cannot, for whatever reason, fulfill your ideal healthy routine? If so, how?

For example, my ideal/healthy routine looks like this:

Monday through Friday:
*Wake up anywhere between 5 a.m. and 8 a.m.
*Stretch, maybe do a little exercise (if there's time and energy)
*Breakfast
*Take vitamins
*Shower
*Groom
*Laundry (or laundry prep)
*Minor kitchen and bathroom chores
*Dump trash and replace liner if needed
*Organize my to-go bag (if needed)
*Be productive in some way or make appointments or attend class or whatever activity can fit in here
*Lunch (or small, manageable snacks spaced out instead of lunch)
*Walk a little
*Go back to being productive in some way
*Take breaks as needed
*Come home (if not already home) and have dinner (or small, manageable snacks spaced out instead of dinner)
*Stretch, unwind, change into comfy house clothes
*Wash up
*Put overnight lotions on
*Do any homework (for school, therapy, volunteer research, personal business paperwork, stying for tests)
*Watch TV, go on PC, check e-mails, check PMs, check FB, make personal phone calls, and/or other at-home recreational activities (time-limited)
*Finish laundry (if not already done so) and/or do other minor house chores
*Get clothes and to-go bag (e.g., purse, backpack, etc.) ready for tomorrow
*Bedtime hygiene (flexible)
*Sleep for 6 to 8 hours

Saturdays & Sundays:
*Try to wake up the same time as on weekdays (but be flexible)
*Do any unfinished homework
*Do any unfinished house chores
*Schedule in some socialization time (online or in-person)
*Be active in some way (e.g., exercise, walks, major house cleaning, etc.)
*Try to do the same bedtime hygiene during similar hours as on the weekdays
*More flexible with regards to activities being done over the weekend (and holidays)
*For nutrition, the weekends will serve as my "cheat days"

I've built in flexibility within my healthy routine outlined above.

If I fall off track, I do my best to get on track by any methods or means necessary. Sometimes that means "taking a vacation from my routine," and other times that means slowly changing my sleep-wake schedules until it gets back on track.

My self-boundaries are:

*Be flexible with myself
*Be gentle with myself
*Safety is #1
*Health is #1
*Mental stimulation is important (e.g., reading, writing, exercising, focusing, studying, etc.)
*Stick to a healthy routine and assert boundaries when others try to tempt you into an unhealthy routine
*I'm responsible for my feelings; I'm not responsible for others' feelings
*Remove myself from toxic or potentially toxic situations or behaviors
*Be me, no matter what
*Accept all parts of me and use IFS methods to communicate with my system
*Say affirmations when the going gets tough
*Find something to enjoy every morning and every night; try not to wake up or go to sleep with a negative emotion; problem-solve throughout the afternoons only, unless circumstances call for unexpected problem-solving crises in the morning or evening
*Maintain a healthy work-life balance
*Maintain physical, dental, mental, and social health
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Old 11-07-2019, 08:54 PM   #2
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In all honesty, I have this type of plan too, but it is stored in my head. Also, each of these tasks need not be a daily event. I'm hoping that you are aware that sometimes, being overtly regimental can tire you out and bring you down mood wise.

You sound very organised and clean. You like to be kept busy. The tough part for me was learning what to do when I'm not busy.....
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Summary: We only have one life, sure, achieve goals, but....enjoy it while it lasts if you can.
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Old 11-07-2019, 08:57 PM   #4
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Whats a nice thing you can do for yourself coming weekend? Go for a swim? A run? A massage? A facial? What can you do just for you?
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In all honesty, I have this type of plan too, but it is stored in my head. Also, each of these tasks need not be a daily event. I'm hoping that you are aware that sometimes, being overtly regimental can tire you out and bring you down mood wise.

You sound very organised and clean. You like to be kept busy. The tough part for me was learning what to do when I'm not busy.....
No wonder I am tired all the time! I have chronic fatigue syndrome and the physical therapist for CFS last told me to keep a journal and get on a routine. I got worse. I thought I was doing something wrong. Too much thinking tires me as much as too much physical work.

Thank you!
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My thoughts exactly. Did you read my post Lilly?

Sometimes we just need to be kind to ourselves and rest.
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