Laying the Groundwork

Day 7 Today is day 7 of my new morning routine and I am really happy with the effect that it is having on me. Consistently going to bed within 30 minutes of the same time every night; waking up early at the same time each morning; spending the first 1 1/2 hours of the day exercising, reading a devotional, meditating, writing, and reading; all these have had a profound effect on my days. I can feel my body getting fitter. I feel more energized. I feel ready to tackle each day after my AM routine. I feel better equipped as a parent after spending some time by myself in the mornings, doing things to make me stronger, physically and mentally.

Looking Ahead

I know that as the Spring semester gets underway, the pressure and stress will begin to mount again. That is when I will be challenged with sticking with my morning routine. But I also know that time is when my routine can be the most beneficial for my life. I know that what I am doing now has a positive impact on my mood and stress level. And I also know that when time gets crunched and I'm under pressure for school and tired, I will be tempted to not stick with my routine. But I know that if I can stick with it, it will help me manage the stress. And if I can manage the stress in this healthy way, that will help me stay on my recovery path and not fall back into old bad habits and unhealthy ways of coping like I did before.

Now is the Time

My motivation right now is to stick with my routine every day so that it can become a habit that I don't want to do without. Now is the time to lay the groundwork for a healthy way to deal with stress. It can be difficult to find the energy to do what is healthy  when we are overwhelmed. And when we are happy and stress-free, we often don't think about what we should do during those times that we are so overwhelmed. The key is to use the calm times to plan for how to deal with the chaotic times and to use the calm times to put that plan into action.