Do you have a morning routine?
How about a gratitude practice? Daily gratitude is just one part of my morning routine. I’ll share my entire morning routine in a future post. Today I want to share my gratitude practice and my menu of self care.
November is traditionally the month we count our blessings, BUT the benefits of the practice year round are astonishing. In fact, according to Forbes, science has proven seven benefits to daily gratitude. They include improved relationships, physical & psychological health, empathy, better sleep, improvement to self-esteem and increase in mental health.
Wow! I don’t know about you, but those are all things I want to occur in my life!
The practice I use is simple. The moment I wake up, I grab a notebook (any notebook will do!) and jot down 10 things I’m grateful for. I’m not talking about general things like health or your family. I’m talking small things that occurred in the past 24 hours, such as the quick chat you had with your neighbor, cuddles with your kids or that delicious donut.
Starting brain activity for the day with gratitude will begin to have a huge impact on your life. Remember those seven benefits I mentioned above? Reap them by trying this!
Actually, there are several ways to do a daily gratitude practice. Find the one that works for you. Mine is an adaptation of Rachel Hollis’s Start Today process. You can hear the exact process she uses in episode 72 of the Rise Podcast.
Menu of Self-Care
Do you often hear the buzz about ALLLL the things you should do for self care? Meditation, walks, journaling, podcasts, etc., can become overwhelming if you try to do it all. As someone who puts a ton of value on my time, (we don’t get it back!) creating a menu of self care makes sense to me. I wish to spend my time on activities that matter.
The Menu of Self Care is a practice I created to ensure I’m spending some time each day on self care. In today’s world, it seems like everyone is doing all the things and that can lead to guilt.
Each week, I create a list of 8-10 self care activities that I can dedicate at least 10 minutes to each morning. I choose the activity that feels right for the day. Most weeks, the activities are the same as prior weeks. Adjustments come when seasons change or if I feel an activity no longer serves me.
On Sundays, I like to reflect on the week. If one activity seemed to be chosen more than others, I reflect on why that might be. This helps me see patterns in how my mind works and better understand myself.
I highly recommend trying this activity. You can download a template I created below for free to help aid you in your self care journey!
But you’re a photographer Jen…
Yes, but I’m also human. A human who has seen life changing benefits by adding these practices to my daily routine. It takes 20 minutes or less each day. Swapping 20 minutes of social media scrolling or TV watching for gratitude and self care seems like a no brainer to me.
Any way I can serve my clients or anyone reading this means everything. Once you start showing up for yourself, you’ll show up better in your relationships, for your kids, and even at work.
Try it and come back to comment if this gives you any value! Happy, healthy week to you, my friends!