school starts today. i’ve been dragging my feet. it’s transition really. yesterday, i was thinking about, and wondering, why i don’t fare well with it. i’m always fine a few weeks in. but, the process of new routine is always sticky for me. and, the only sticky i care for is sticky fingers after a cinnabonn.
i love routines. and rituals, i’m even more fond of. it’s just when they change or i can’t keep up with them that i get a little bothered. and, the truth is, i’ve been a little bothered these days because i haven’t been keeping a few of my necessary rituals. things that should be routine. i have been religious about walking 30 minutes a day for over 5 years and somehow since last winter, i walked away from the walking. frankly, i’ve walked away from regular routines and things that should be routine. anyone else? i’ve almost been a bit paralyzed in putting a strict routine together because i know me and i know that i get a little upset if i can’t keep my own self imposed demands, i mean my routine.
then i’m reminded that the things that i need to make routine, are simply self care. and in caring for myself (gosh that sounds selfish – i know it’s not) i need to be kind to myself. kind by way of doing but also kind in the way i respond when i might not get the doing done that day.
currently, i’m stuck on the idea rituals. i’m wondering if you have any daily rituals . . . that, well, have become routine? i think the difference may be in the doing. rituals, at least for me, have come about from enjoyment. an enjoyment that finds itself turning into a happy little habit or necessary part of your day and, dare i say, routine.
for me . . .
washing my face before bed was a chore and, honestly, i probably did it twice a week (gasp, i know). and then, the right products reached my hands, and i now look forward to washing my face every night. it’s not a have to, it’s a want to. really.
i’ve found at night my ritual has become :
making a cup of tea + taking a melatonin
i just do this every night. and i like doing this. but i also like to make a snack (of pretzels and cheese and chocolate, in case you are curious) and i’m thinking i probably should nix that part. in fact, maybe trade the snack for stretching (but, i’ll keep the piece of dark chocolate. lets just be honest about that).
it’s my mornings that need to become a little more ritualistic. here is what i’d like my morning rituals to be. which, i hope will also turn into habit.
30 minute walk before kids get up (this is a stretch but who knows, i believe in impossible things)
read my bible + write
and if i really become a morning person . . . answer a few e-mails.
this involves coffee, of course. and hopefully a super healthy smoothie to follow.
do you have a morning ritual or routine? how did you go about getting in the habit of it?
here is to transitions, rituals and routines and not being hard on ourselves when we can’t keep them all of time.
and if i’ve been good at sticking to the routine or making a new ritual (or just surviving the first week of school) than you can be sure to find me getting my fingers good and sticky at cinnabon. i’ve been craving one for 4 years. i’m not even kidding.
image : jukavo