During the past 2 years I’ve served with City Year Sacramento, my biggest challenge has been self-care. Without a stable routine or healthy habits, I’ve struggled to maintain any sense of groundedness and found my purpose wavering as a result.
In less than a month, I’ll be undertaking the biggest move of my life: I’m heading to Boston to start graduate school! Because I’d like to avoid making the same mistakes I’ve made during City Year, I want to establish healthy habits prior to moving.
To keep my ass in check, I’ve created a Four-Week Self-Care Challenge. The routines I’ve created are based on habits I’ve already begun incorporating into my day. They’re intentionally loose to give myself the freedom to experiment within the structure. Here’s what I’ve got so far:
- Wake up at 5:30am.
- Complete “Morning Pages” right after waking up.
- Stretch, and then meditate for at least 5 minutes
- 6:00-6:30am – Either go for a run, or read a book.
- Eat breakfast and read the news.
- Head out the door for work at 7:10am.
- Cook dinner.
- Read or watch something informative while eating dinner.
- Wash dishes promptly after eating (I’m really trying to break the bad habit of letting dishes pile up!)
- 9:15pm – Meditate after brushing my teeth.
- 9:30pm – Put phone away and start reading to wind down before bed.
- 10:30pm – Go to bed.
- Cut back on sugar. I have a very bad habit of buying coffee several times a week and keeping ice cream at home. I want to limit both of those items to no more than 3 times a week.
- Cut back on phone time. I plan to put my phone away promptly at 9:30pm to avoid browsing in bed.
- Monitor my unhealthy thought loops. I’ve found that listening to audiobooks and podcasts helps me focus on something other than my own thoughts and I learn something new in the process – a double win!
- Be more intentional about writing. I always talk about how I want to write but have not been practicing. This blog is a huge step in the right direction, and I aim for one post a week.
I will start my challenge tomorrow (a Sunday), so I will post each Saturday with an update for how the week went for me. By the end of this challenge, I hope to gain a sense of peace and stability so that I am ready to devote my best self to becoming the teacher (and person) I want to be.
See you in a week!