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Welcome to Day 2 of the Challenging Time Self Care Challenge.

But before we begin, I know that there are many, many people who are having difficulties and challenges specific to their situations at this time.

However, I want to make sure to mention that this podcast is meant for general information purposes only, and it isn’t meant to be specific advice.

For personalized help or if you have specific questions or concerns, please consult a medical or mental health care provider.

So again, welcome to Day Two of the Self Care Challenge.

With all the changes and physical distancing many of us in the world are currently practicing, it’s my hope that providing this challenge in the form of prompts can help with getting some self care practices in place.

And the hope is that by doing so, it’ll maybe help to support emotional stability or maybe to be a distraction for a few minutes in your day as you work on one of these challenges.

The goal here is to give you a little something to add a bit of structure to your day to help with self care.

So this self care challenge isn’t meant to be about productivity. It’s meant to be about self care.

And more than anything, it’s okay for things to be done in perfectly, and in fact, that’s a challenge that I give you. Please challenge yourself to do things imperfectly.

Before we get into Day Two: The Day One challenge was a suggestion to start a morning routine, and since I’m, this is just completely new and I’m figuring it out as I go along. I figured I’ll just go back and talk a little bit more about that.

So the purpose of having a morning routine is just to get your day started off on the right foot.

Without some kind of a routine, you might find yourself at a bit of a loss if you’re just getting out of bed and either start scrolling through your phone or just hopping online checking email or the news.

And the morning routine doesn’t have to be elaborate or take a long time or anything like that.

In fact, at the end of the day, or the first thing in the morning, it’s ultimately up to you as to what you want it to look like or how it serves you.

I mentioned in the Day One episode that I personally restarted my meditation practice this past week, but to kind of round things out, I’ll also discuss more of what my morning routine consists of presently.

This is what my morning routine is right now:

I get up, I wake up, and the first thing I do before I do anything else is I engage in about 10 minutes of practicing meditation using an app called waking up by Sam Harris.

After that, I do my morning hygiene routine, then I take the medication I need to take daily, and I’ve found that if I add it to my morning routine, I don’t forget to take it and that way it’s just something that I, now I do automatically.

Then I do 30 minutes of brain training and then I have breakfast.

That’s been my routine now for the past week or so, and now I’ve also decided to add a movement routine because I’m finding that being inside I am not doing too much in the way of physical activity, and I think that it’s important to always include some kind of movement as part of an overall healthy lifestyle.

And what I decided to do was to start a movement challenge using an app called Essentrics.

I have an Apple TV and they have an app for that.

So I decided to download that and to engage in the 30 day movement challenge that they also have as part of their app.

I’m hoping that, that it will become a regular part of my morning routine.

For me, I find that having this routine and doing things in this order creates a sense of order that helps me start my day.

You might decide to only have one thing in your morning routine or maybe seven or more things. Again, ultimately it’s really up to you because the purpose of the routine is to serve you.

There isn’t a right or a wrong here, but what I do challenge you to do is to have at least something you can have as part of your morning routine to start your day.

I’d love to hear what you either have as your morning routine or what you are thinking of starting or might have started or might’ve also added.

And if you haven’t started yet, I suggest that you just whip out your phone and make a note or grab a pen and paper and jot something down that you’d like to add to your morning routine or just brainstorm some things that you think that would be a good way to start your day.

Maybe it’s exercise and meditation like me, or maybe it’s a gratitude practice.

So again, you can start by brainstorming a number of things that you can potentially do to start your day. And maybe just pick one thing if you haven’t started anything yet, and just try it out for a week and see how it goes.

And then if that’s working for you, then you can add a second thing. I do believe in creating a strong foundation, and I think in order to do that, it often helps just to start with one thing and get the groove going on that and then to keep adding.

That way, you’re starting off on a more solid foot and hopefully that’s something that could be helpful for you.

And as for writing things down, there are studies that show that writing down your intentions gives them a better chance of the possibility of success.

Additionally, writing them down on paper has been shown to be more effective versus typing them out on your computer or making a note on your smartphone.

So if you haven’t already, write down what you’d like to have as your morning routine and start with one action for the next week to get things going.

But just to go back to that whole thing about writing things down: If you don’t have a pen and paper, and if it’s easier to do it on your phone or your laptop, just do it that way.

Again, there isn’t only one or “right” way of doing things.

I think the important thing or the most beneficial thing is just to get it done.

Again, do it imperfectly. And since you already have your smartphone out or have your laptop up or if you have a pen and paper out, the challenge for today is this:

Let’s dedicate a page, a notebook, or a file to making a list of all the things you’ve thought or said you’d like to get done.

So the Day Two self care challenge is: List out the things you often have on the back burner as things you’d like to do, but feel you don’t have time or energy to do. You might make a ‘to do’ list, or maybe you might sketch out a list, or perhaps you might do a scrapbook style list.

Whatever strikes your fancy.

Again, there isn’t any one way to do this, and I know that different people express themselves differently or organize their thoughts differently, so do whatever makes sense for you. And I’d encourage you to put down everything that comes to mind.

It might be a course or subject matter you’ve wanted to look into.

It might be some projects you want to get done around your home.

Or something creative you’ve been thinking about.

It might just even be reading more.

Get it all down and that’s all you need to do for today.

Personally, my list includes cleaning out the hallway closet. Update the podcast website, figure out how to add e-commerce functionality on my husband’s website.

And, like so many people right now, bake some bread amongst other things.

There is something soothing about baking bread, but it’s not necessarily a good combination that I’m making bread, eating bread, and not moving very much.

But I have to admit, homemade raisin bread has actually been really delicious and hard to resist.

Again, the challenge for today is get down in one way, shape, or form, all the stuff you usually have on the back burner.

That’s day two of the self care challenge: List out the things you usually don’t have the time or energy to do.

Please share how you’re doing in general, but also how you’re doing with the challenges themselves.  You can reach on Twitter or email me at mio@lifestuff101.com or Instagram, too. I’d love to share what you’re doing and even suggestions for a future challenge on future episodes.

Stay safe and in good health!

● Waking Up Medication App: Free Month Trial (It’s usually a five or seven days trial period, but with this link you will get access for a month and while it might be an affiliate link – I’m really not too sure, to be totally honest – If it is, I think it might credit me with a free month. But more importantly than that, I really like and recommend this app along with Headspace for meditation.)
● Essentrics: Essentrics.com
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● Mio Yokoi: Registered Psychotherapist | Gifts of Sensitivity

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