10 Things To Add To Your Daily Routine

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As a home educating Mum, I know that its all too easy to loose sight of yourself in the family mix.

Parents are usually so focused on the health and well being of their mini humans and often forget about themselves!

Sound familiar?

I think when you start home education its a huge learning curve for the whole family (at least it was for us!) but once you find your rhythm, and I promise it will happen, you realise that somewhere along the way you got a little bit lost.

Mums and Dads keep everything in the family running and dont give it a seconds thought, but think about it like this, if you dont put the all important fuel in an engine the car just aint going anywhere!

Thats why spending a little time trying to focus on yourself can make all of the difference. Now before you all start shouting at me, I know its easier said than done!

But self care doesnt have to mean lighting candles and chanting a mantra each day (although power to those that have time to do it, Im not jealous honest!) it can sometimes look like making simple changes.

So here are 10 different things that you can try and incorporate into your daily routine to keep the cogs in your family wheel turning smoothly!

Gratitude

Your mindset is a critical aspect of ensuring you experience a level of contentment in all areas of your life.

But, unfortunately, feeling and experiencing gratitude is something you do on purpose and is not a spontaneous action for most people. That said, try to take a few moments each day to mentally appreciate your situation. Even during tough times that challenge you every single moment, there is almost always something to be grateful for, even if it’s just that you made it through today, and tomorrow is a new day!

Exercise 

To be clear with this one, Im not talking about turning into Linford Christie overnight!

Even if it’s just a 10 minutes sessions each day, you can benefit from it because although it may not seem a lot on the beginning its more than you were doing before.

Since you need so little to maintain health, adding the habit of exercise and movement to your day makes sense. The cool thing is that exercise and getting enough doesn’t have to be complicated, and you don’t have to work that hard to benefit from daily exercise. You also don’t have to do activities you hate; you need to do what you like. If you dislike one thing, try something new. 

To incorporate movement into your day efficiently, set aside the time needed to do the physical activities you enjoy but understand that taking a quick 10-minute walk once or twice a day is all you need. If you want to do more, you can, but you don’t want to overdo it either. If you’re not an athlete, training like one is not only unnecessary but it is not good for you either!

Healthy Eating 

Eating healthy is a lot simpler than the diet industry would have you believe.

Stop looking to fad diets to help you eat healthier every day. Instead, note what all diets have in common: eating fewer calories and more nutrition. It isn’t about the type of food you eat and how much and if it has enough calories that consist of the nutrients your body needs. To get what you need, you’ll need to learn about your body and what it requires to function properly. 

For most people, one full meal and a few healthy snacks during the day to avoid low blood sugar dips and spikes is all you need to be healthy and maintain energy to do the tasks you need to do every day. Don’t make it harder than it is. Figure out the minimum you need to do and do that, this makes it much more viable to fit in with your daily life and makes maintaining it much more manageable.

Practice Mindfulness

One way to reduce stress and regulate your emotions is to become more mindful. Practicing mindfulness means maintaining awareness of your thoughts, feelings, body sensations, and surrounding environment regardless of what you are doing. So, if you’re at the movie, you’re genuinely enjoying and watching the movie, you’re not on your phone or thinking of something else which is why we enjoy it so much!

While getting into a certain mindset can be appreciated at some points in your day when you want to be productive, finding a way to get out of autopilot, becoming aware of yourself, and then expanding that awareness outward is also important.

Anytime you’re involved in something when you begin to feel your attention span skipping around, take the time to ground yourself. A great way to do this is the same way that you can help children to cope with new surroundings or experience. Try to focus on your five senses. Touch, taste, hearing, sight, and smell are all senses you can fire up to bring yourself into awareness. Its surprising how it can help to focus your mind and help you to recenter, the best part about it is that you can literally do it anywhere because threes always something in our present that stimulates us in some way, give it a try and see what you think!

Organisation

So I think we can probably all relate to this one!

One thing is clear from many studies regarding the subject, and that is this: The more prepared you are, the more productive you will be and the less busy you will feel. This is mainly because you won’t be wasting your time rushing around or suffering. After all, you lost something important. 

You will save money too because you won’t end up buying twenty-five pairs of kids crafting scissor because you can never find the scalloped ones that they need right at that moment! Being organised allows you to avoid rushing and lateness. When you have set up your home for how you live and work, doing things becomes much simpler and less of a roadblock and we find that we actually enjoy doing things more!

Goals

The truth is that if you don’t know what you want or how to get what you want, you’re probably not going to. So, while it’s true that some people end up perfectly fine and happy at 80 without any planning or thought about it, most people need more thought and planning to ensure they end up where they want to. 

I spend quite a lot of time in my business talking to people about focusing on the ‘why’

This is because without a clear reason for doing something, many of us dont do it at all! Having a clear reason for doing something and having it to refer back to also acts as a great motivator to keep moving forward and help you achieve your goals!

More time with loved ones

Even the biggest introvert needs to connect with loved ones. Unfortunately, it is easy to become overwhelmed with all the things you think you need to do. You may even forget how limited the time is with your loved ones. 

I think for me, because I think that I spend lots of time with my children because we home educate, I forget to differenciate on what that actually means. For example, yes I am physically present 100% of the time with my children for the most part, but am I actually focused on them or doing something else.

Finding a work/life balance is so hard in these times that we live in but in our house we have a rule that after 6pm there are to be no devices switched on, we try to use that time on an evening to catch up on the day or watch a little TV together. Now dont get me wrong, this sometimes comes with resistance and frustration from both sides of the fence but we try to be as consistent as we can.

As with any change it can be hard at first to commit and implement but after a while its strange how it just seems to fall into part of your daily routine.

Me Time 

It’s incredible how many people, especially parents, feel guilty taking so-called “me time” to care for their themselves!

Again, many people get the wrong idea about this subject, but like everything else you can take a really simple approach.

Sometimes this process can be something reflective, You aren’t going to turn into someone you’re not overnight, no matter how much you want it to happen. So instead, get to know who you are, understand what makes you who you are, and know why you want anything you want. The more you know about why you are, how you are, and why you want what you want, the easier it’s going to be to get it. So, take a little time each day to scribble in a journal so that you can look back at it later in the day. Self acceptance is such an important yet underrated tool that can make such a difference to our lives and everything we do within it.

Depending on what time you reflect, you will notice different patterns. The more you get to know how your energy ebbs and flows throughout a day, the better you can work with your natural energy to plan the right tasks at the right time. The more you accept that me-time is not selfish and is, in fact, a necessity for you to be there for – not just others – but yourself too, the more likely you are to do it.

Learn to say no

Saying no is difficult for many people and in the past, its something that I have struggled with myself.

Saying no often comes with unnecessary guilt and stress to the point that many people never say no. The problem is that never saying no can (often accidentally) take you away from doing the things that help you , or worse, cause you to take on more than you have time to do, causing you to feel like you are not helping anyone especially yourself.

If saying no beings up fear in your heart, let’s look at it a little differently. The truth is, learning how to say no to things confidently means that you can also focus on confidently saying yes to more things.

Sometimes because we have a fear of saying no to the things that we dont want to do, we miss out on the things that we do!

When someone asks you to do anything, don’t say yes fast. Unless it’s a “Heck Yeah!” dont be afraid to say something like “Ill have to get back to you on that”

Other times if its something that you know you don’t want to do the minute they ask. Stop taking time to consider it and as Zammo said…. Just say no! you don’t need to give any explanations at all. Just say that you can’t do it and move on.

More Time in Nature 


A growing body of research shows that people benefit from spending more time in nature. In fact, spending about 120 minutes a week in nature shows that people experience less fatigue, more natural weight, lower mental distress, and seem to conquer a whole host of problems much easier, who would have thought!

With financial constraints for many of us nowadays, one thing that we have started to do on a regular basis is go on what we call a ‘car picnic’

This really involves taking ourselves off somewhere with a packed lunch and after eating it in the car (which for some reason the kids love) we get our wellies on and go for an explore.

Not only is this a great way to spend time together without tech getting in the way, its also a great way to get outdoors and experience a little of what nature has to offer.

We usually take a small bag each for the kids and they collect ‘treasure’ as we go along, thats usually the following days craft taken care of because they spend time gluing and sticking their finds to card to make a picture to remember their adventure!

So there we have it!

Another important thing to remember is that Rome wasn’t built in a day and even if you can include just 1 or 2 things from this list into your weekly routine, your headed in the right direction!

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