Giving importance to self-care has become a large part of my life after I turned 35. I am much more conscious about my food habits, sleep routine, free time and exercise routine.
A few years back I started feeling fatigued all the time even when I wasn’t that active physically. I always believed that I had an ideal weight and a regular daily routine, plus there weren’t any stressful moments in my life as well so I am fit. But when I experienced these changes, I realized that my body needs nurturing too. That’s when I decided to give my health a priority.
I made a few changes to my routine and I try to follow this routine on most of the days.
I start the day with a glass of warm water. You can add a teaspoon of honey and a few drops of lime to the water too.
6:30 A. M.
Eat any seasonal fruit. (ok, so honestly – I kind of miss it on a few days in the hustle-bustle of preparing lunch tiffin for hubby and Mishti). But everyone should do this. It gives instant energy until the time you have breakfast.
7:30 A. M – 8:00 A.M.
This is the ‘me-time’ of the day. Sipping coffee, reading the newspapers sitting completely at ease. It’s also breakfast time. I am not very regular yet but I am trying consciously to avoid dry snacks at this time and have nutritious breakfast. Being a Gujarati we are very fond of our dry snacks – I am sure you must have heard about Khakharas and sev-mamra. This is work-in-progress for me. I know the importance of a wholesome breakfast and will consciously make this a part of my daily diet.
9:00 A.M – 12:00 P.M.
Writing time. This is the time I spend to nurture my mind and my passion. On days I don’t feel like writing, I read or promote my blog on social media.
12:00 P.M. – 1:00 P.M.
Lunchtime. Earlier my mom in law would have to force me to eat rice with ghee. I would avoid eating rice as its high-calorie food. But later I realized that this was one of the major reasons that I feel fatigued all the time.
Now my lunch comprises of
A bowl of vegetables
A bowl of salad
A bowl of lentils
And a bowl of Rice with one teaspoon ghee.
My mom in law is very happy with me now. She doesn’t want a skinny bahu.
1:00 P.M – 1:30 P.M
This is the time I finish the remaining household chores. This is also a de-cluttering time. I have realized de-cluttering your stuff helps de-cluttering your mind as well. So, on days I am confused or going through a writer’s block I de-clutter my cupboards or drawers. Try this, it helps.
1:30 P.M – 2:00 P.M.
Afternoon siesta. Nap time is very important to nurture your body. I miss my breakfast but do not miss the afternoon nap time. This half-hour prepares me for the second half of the day. Because now the mommy duties will begin again.
2:00 P.M – 5:30 P.M.
This is my time with Mishti. I make myself completely available for her to help her with her homework. I learn a lot too while helping her with her studies. it’s a good way to nurture the mind.
6:00 P.M – 7:00 P.M.
Workout time. This is the best time of the day for me. I love going to the gym and spending time with my young gym mates. Exercising is the best way to nurture your body and mind.
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7:00 P.M – 9:00 P.M
This is the time I and my mom in law have long conversations because Mishti is at her swim class now. She is my biggest support system. We have dinner together and I enjoy all the pampering in the absence of Mishti and hubby. I share everything with her and this really helps me clear my mind of all doubts. I even share everything about the blogging world and what I read and wrote that day. I don’t know if it is of any interest to her but she listens to me with patience. By supporting me she nurtures my dreams and ambitions.
9:00 P.M – 10:00 P.M.
I keep away my phone an hour before I sleep and I read. What better way to nurture yourself. I am sure all of you will agree.
Prioritising the daily tasks has helped me nurture my body and mind. I plan things in advance now and have reduced stressful situations which arises due to lack of planning. Though this routine is nothing great, it has given me great results so I thought of sharing it here for the Prompt Nurture for the Write Tribe Festival Of Words.
Do you feel having a daily routine helps in nurturing the body?