Day 1 – Get Your Groove Back

Day 1 – Get Your Groove Back

Welcome! I’m excited to have you here and help you get back into the groove.

The after summer rut can be tough but it doesn’t have to last long. It’s completely normal to lose your routine during the long summer months (no beating yourself up, please) and many times it’s totally worth it because you’re spending time with family, friends and doing really fun things.

Over the next week I’ll share simple tips to help you get back into your routine. Each day will build on the previous one.

I’d like you to share in the comment section some specifics on what you did and what worked for you. We’re all here to help each other and sharing your experiences may just flip a switch (of awesome) for someone else.

Are you ready? Let’s go!!

This Morning – Drink a large glass of  water

Yes, before you grab your coffee!

The summer months can be dehydrating so let’s replenish your system. Find the largest glass in your cabinet (16oz if possible) and fill it with  h20. I like mine at room temperature but hot or cold work just as well.

Feel free to squeeze lemon juice into the water or add your favorite essential oil. Or you can also add a TBS of apple cider vinegar. The benefits of doing this are numerous.

Drinking water first thing in the a.m. fires up your metabolism, flushes out toxins, fuels your brain and may even help you eat less throughout the day.

 

This Evening – Back to a Normal Bedtime

Bedtime routines seem to fly out the window in the summertime. Of course they do because there’s so much happening on hot summer nights. Eventually, lack of sleep or lack of a regular sleeping schedule will take its toll. Do not fret! It’s time to adjust that.

  1. Determine what is your ideal wake-up time
  2. Count backwards from that 7-8 hours (or more if you require it).

Example – I like to wake at 5:30a.m. That may sound cray, cray but everything is so quiet at that hour and I’m able to do my morning stuff and write while completely focused. So counting backwards that means I’m in bed by 10pm (7.5 hrs of sleep for me).

Now I realize that it’s not easy to just go to bed earlier if you’ve been a night owl all summer. You may need to ease into your new bedtime by 1/2 hr. increments each night and a bedtime routine will help.

  1. Write down your bedtime routine. It doesn’t need to be elaborate. It can be simple steps that signal your body and mind that it’s time to wind down.

Example: I shut down my computer & TV 1 hr bedtime. I put on pj’s, wash my face, get into bed and read for a bit. Then I do a little Reiki until I fall asleep. See? It’s not a complicated thing.

If you’re new to this whole bedtime routine, I have to tell you as a person who struggled with sleep most of her adult life, it works!

  1. You can prevent many minor sleep problems with a schedule of relaxing activities near bedtime.
  2. Keeping a consistent bedtime routine, even on weekends, keeps your internal clock in check and helps you fall asleep and wake up more easily.

It’s not just for kids!

OK. It’s your turn to share with us in the comments below. How did you feel after gulping down your big glass of h2o? What does your bedtime routine look like? Any benefits you’ve noticed from either, yet?

 

 

2 Comments
  • Anne Carney Florsheim
    Posted at 16:35h, 11 September Reply

    Had a little water first thing, but just a little. Will do water/lemon/apple cider vinegar now! For the past week, I’ve been going to bed by 10/10:30 and it REALLY helps me think more clearly and be more pleasant. So grateful that my kids are generally not waking me up in the night. Telling them what I expect each night (e.g. use the bathroom without getting me) is necessary.

  • DFalcone
    Posted at 10:33h, 12 September Reply

    Anne – you are so right about telling kids what you expect from them each night. For the longest time Leo would wake me up if he had to use the bathroom in the middle of the night until I finally told him he can do it without me.

    Drinking more water and getting back to bed early does take a little time. You can increase your h2o intake a little each day and decrease your bedtime by 1/2 hour until you’re back to 10/10:30.

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