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Self-Nourishment Lesson #1: Establish Routines

Self Nourishment

Establish Routines

~by Susan McGuire~

Do you feel you have more to do than you can possibly complete each day?

For most women, there’s so much to accomplish every day. As much as women do manage to squeeze into a 24-hour day, they could be considered Super Women. But even a “Super Woman” needs fuel, nourishment and care. Otherwise, “Super Woman” will run out of steam and become “Wiped-out Woman”.

Don’t let yourself get so run down that you’re in a perpetual state of exhaustion. Instead, set yourself up for success by taking care of yourself and getting the nourishment you need.

There are many ways in which women need to self-nourish. This is first in a series of posts in which I’ll focus on various lessons of self-nourishment you should be practicing on a daily basis.

Self-Nourishment Lesson #1: Establish Bedtime Routines

Take time to wind down, organize and settle yourself at the end of each day. As the family role model, this should encourage the rest of your family to follow your lead, with the added benefit of reinforcing your kids’ bedtime routine.

  1. Check your calendar for the next day. Plan for your appointments. Organize and prepare yourself.
  2. Tidy up the kitchen, plan your meals and set up breakfast .
  3. Set aside your outfit for the next day. You don’t want to be rushed the next morning trying to figure out what to wear. You may even want to do this on a weekly basis rather than daily.
  4. Shut off ALL electronic devices 30 minutes before bedtime. That goes for everybody in the family. Devices should not be kept in the bedroom at night. If you generally have a hard time sleeping, your phone could be the culprit.
  5. Brush your teeth and use a tongue scraper. Tongue scraping is just as important as brushing your teeth.
  6. Fill out your daily Gratitude Journal. Keeping a Gratitude Journal will help you focus on the positive things in your life.
  7. Clear your mind from the day’s events, and read your favorite fiction as you settle in to bed.
  8. Set a regular time for retiring for the day. By keeping to a regular bed time, you are prioritizing sleep. And after a good night’s sleep, you should be refreshed and ready to conquer the day!

When you have more control of your schedule, you’ll find you have more time to complete your tasks. By nourishing yourself, you’ll feel better, sleep better and accomplish more. As you follow, and stick to, regular bedtime routines, you’ll set the tone for success the next day.

Every Super Woman needs nourishment.

Meet the Author:  Susan McGuire

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  1. Donna Janke

    Bedtime routines are a good thing. I like the idea of writing in a gratitude journal – it gets your mind in thankful frame before bed and that may push out some of the worry or thinking about everything one needs to do the next day.

    1. mcghealthcoach.com

      Pushing out worrying thoughts can definitely help us sleep better. Thanks for your comments and for that reminder, Donna.
      Someone once wrote, “If you look for the positive things in life; you will find them.”

  2. andleeb

    I too believe that every women is a Super Women. I try to follow most of your advice but I never try to fill out any Gratitude Journal. I will try this too.
    Thank you for great tips.

    1. mcghealthcoach.com

      It sounds like you are ahead of the game in this area. Great for you that you’ve been taking time for yourself. Thanks for your comment… and have fun with your Gratitude Journal!
      When we think positive, we get back positive.

  3. heraldmarty

    Well said! I am a big believer in clearing the clutter and preparing for the next day before I lay my weary self down for the day. It makes a huge difference for me – that and the fact that I haven’t watched TV in 2 years. 🙂

    1. Haley Gray

      Thank you – It is interesting how much easier the next day goes when you get your head straight, and things lined up before going to bed!

  4. lenie5860

    I used to do this when I was still working and it helped so much to get a good night’s sleep. You’re not busy thinking all night about the things you need to do to start the next day. It really does work.

    1. mcghealthcoach.com

      So true. If I haven’t adequately wrapped things up for the day, I’ll wake up in the middle of the night thinking about my list of to-dos, even if I had no trouble falling asleep. I guess it’s my unconscious mind working overtime. Thanks for your comment.

  5. Welli

    Great tips to always be in control of your time

    1. mcghealthcoach.com

      Thanks, Welli!

  6. Jeri Walker-Bickett (@JeriWB)

    I’ve tried on and off to establish a bedtime routine, but more often than not work later into the evening hours than I’d like. When I do get it down, a cup of chamomile tea is a great way to relax before going to bed. I also don’t put my phone by my bed and keep artificial light sources off when I sleep.

    1. mcghealthcoach.com

      Great tips Jeri! Chamomile tea has long been used to encourage relaxation.
      For those dealing with sleep issues, I’ve written a couple sleep articles on my own blog. Here’s a link to one of them:
      https://healthcoachsusanmcguire.wordpress.com/2014/10/01/103/

      Thanks for sharing.

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