A New Look At Your Morning Routine Part 4
Updated: Apr 4, 2019
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Rock My Morning Routine and my days!
Sleep like a baby!
Sleep is underrated in a world that's in a mad rush and demands we multitask ourselves to death. When my kids were young I usually got about 5 hours of sleep. It was how I rolled. I felt like I had to. I realize now that it would have been better if I had made sleep a higher priority. Our bodies heal and energize when we sleep.
I’ve been mentored for close to three years now. Life changing. I’ve learned to banish negative self-talk and old tapes from my life. They’ve taught me that if I’m going to become the woman I plan to be, I need to live like her now. You might want to read that again. Think into it.
“Who you’re becoming is far more important than what you’re doing, and yet it is what you are doing that’s determining what you’re becoming.” Hal Elrod
It was obvious that what I needed to do was to discover who she is. What does she do and think? Who does she hang out with? What does she wear? How does she live??? I began to think about her; a lot. Then I took steps to create her.
First, I developed journaling system that honored what my mentors taught me, while at the same time, honoring my unique life as a single mom. I implemented THRIVE and watched myself grow. My accountability partner will tell you how much she noticed a difference in what I was accomplishing. The great thing is THRIVE works for just about everyone.
Then I made some other changes and developed a system that is rocking my days. I am dedicated to better sleep habits too. When I go to bed, get up, etc.
Here are some Random facts about sleep. Quality sleep affects every area of your life.
When you go to bed
What you do before you go to bed
How you sleep through the night
When you get up
Stresses you encounter throughout the day (how you handle them)
None of is surprising, so why don’t we just do it. Answer: Our own BS (belief system) gets in the way. That and how much we really want our dream.
Okay, so let’s just get right to it. Will you choose to follow these basic suggestions to improve your sleep so you can improve your morning routine?
Decide on a basic night time routine that includes--
Drink water a couple of hours before bed (more on this later).
No screen time for an hour before bed.
Consist routine time to get to bed.
Read some pages of a good book
Read your Vision out loud.
Avoid caffeine, sugar and stressful “stuff” like intense movies or paying bills. whatever stresses you.
Drink a cup herbal tea like Chamomile or Peppermint.
Plan your intention for the next day (this is not a checklist)
You can add some soft music, meditation or pray.
Simple to implement, yes?! Copy it out and put it somewhere where you will see it.
Pick a few to start with. Remember….you can make it happen.
Drink water like your body depends on it.
While I was working increasing the quality of my sleep, I continued drinking plenty of water. Though I upped the ante and became more conscious of exactly when I drank my water. Personally I drink 3 to 4 quarts of pure water daily. I also add a good pinch of Himalayan Salt and Iodine liquid drops (4) into a bottle a day. If I am going to be out in the heat I’ll add them twice.
My goal is--
1 quart by 8 a.m.
1 by lunch
1-1 ½ by dinner
½ -1 by bedtime
Did you know our bodies are mostly water? Check this out:
”Water is of major importance to all living things; in some organisms, up to 90% of their body weight comes from water. Up to 60% of the human adult body is water. According to H.H. Mitchell, Journal of Biological Chemistry 158, the brain and heart are composed of 73% water, and the lungs are about 83%water.” Dec 2, 2016 (1)
It affects your energy level too. (2) Think about how a dam uses water to create electricity. I hope this inspires you. I know it did me.
Live and breathe....thinking....unprocessed nutrient rich foods.
Nourishing food is harder to find than ever before. Two of my movie making mentors Jeff Hays and Pedrum Shojai have made several excellent movies regarding the truth about our food resources. There is a lot of misinformation out there. On top of all that each of us have unique bodies with individual needs.
I am not going to give you a plan. I’m going to tell you a bit about my journey.
My mom wasn’t big into canned foods. She mostly used fresh and frozen. We did have some. When it came to soda it was limited, however, we had Hawaiian Punch, Tang, Hi-C. We had Jello and boxed pudding and stuff like that. She did limit all our treat foods.
I learned to cook good old fashioned American meals from mom, Mexican cooking from dad, and French cooking from my sister. We played around with Irish and German foods too. Life was pretty delicious.
By the time I got married I had had some health issues due to some life stressors and I had already turned to nutrition to find answers. When doctor wanted to help me by putting me on drugs, I declined and went to a health food store and looked at books until I found the right one. But when I found out that my baby had allergies and I dove into every book I could find at the library and then bought a few at the bookstore. (Hey, the internet hadn’t been invented.)
Over the years I did all kinds of reading and studying. I tried to feed my family the way I had been fed but no soda and Mom’s famous Beef Stroganoff. Though I took her recipes and created from scratch versions. It’s still one of my favorite comfort foods. I made cakes and pies, soups and sauces, macaroni and cheese, etc all from scratch.
By the time I got into my 50’s I was 30 lbs overweight. Since a lot of the negative stuff in my life had decreased it was just the right time for me. I was healing in so many areas so why not take better care of the physical me. It was time to release the weight. I did through a program called Brightline Eating. Fantastic program. I have kept the weight off for 2 years now.
So what does it all mean to you? Life is a journey. Food is a major part of it. It’s part of our good times and bad times. The smell of a certain food floods us with memories. Food plays a major role in our health, as does sleep and water. Choosing eat to live rather than live to eat isn’t a catchy saying. It’s a crucial mindset; a way of thinking. And living.
Eating fresh unprocessed organic foods and focusing on more vegetables and fruit rather than grains and meats is a great way to encourage healing and happiness in every cell of your body.
“When you take care of yourself, you're a better person for others. When you feel good about yourself, you treat others better.” Solange Knowles
When morning comes, think about your intention for the day. Donuts and pastries may be yummy but what are you feeding your cells? How will your body respond to the toxins, bleach, hydrogenated oils, artificial dyes and flavors? It will work hard on detoxing rather than nourishing. The water you drink becomes flushing material instead of life giving hydration.
So what do you say?
Would you like Rock Your Morning Routine?
In Part 5 I’ll be talking to you about Mindset and how it can help you Rock Your Mornings from the time you roll out of bed.
Everything in this blog is meant to inspire and encourage and isn’t meant as medical advice. I am not a doctor.
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