Hello everyone! This is BJ and for my first post I want to talk about something that I do that helps create order for my day. I call it my AM routine. This routine gets me ready for the day. By completing it I gain the following:
- A Feeling of Success - I've accomplished something first thing
- A Positive Mindset - I look forward to the day instead of dreading it
- Energy, Energy, Energy - I have energy that I can share with my family and help them to get into a positive mindset
So why do I need an AM routine? Well in our family we have some unique opportunities throughout the day. Some of those consist of:
- Navigating a child in meltdown mode
- Getting a child to take medicine
- Helping a child get dressed
- Dr. Appointments
- Therapy Appointments
- Habitation and Respite worker scheduling
As you can see there are lots of things to do in a day and chaos is waiting around every corner. It's important that I have the right mindset and energy at the beginning of the day. That mindset and energy can then be projected to my children and hopefully help them to be upbeat and positive.
Exercise - This can be as simple as a walk around the block, or as intense as a 20 minute Tabata workout. The point is to get things moving; to stretch muscles that have been dormant for the past 6-8 hours. It also wakes up the mind, increases air flow to the body and in general wakes you up.
Tracking - I also track my progress for the week. This allows me to see how I've done and also builds up feelings of success. This is especially important when the day has been long. I can look at my tracking and see that I accomplished my routine and feel better about getting things done that day.
I invite you to give an AM routine a try. If five things are overwhelming, you can start with 1 or 2 and build from there. Find things that will work for you and then track how your day goes when you start it off with the routine.
My AM routine is an important part of my day. It allows me to set a positive course for the day and helps me to be ready for whatever gets thrown my way.