Taking Care of You…
I was talking to a friend about our mental health and how it really impacts our productivity, not just as authors but also as people. I try to do several things a day that really help me, so I have put together a list of things that I am going to share with you today. Each item on the list carries one point. My goal is to try to score at least a four per day.
You may already know all this stuff, but a reminder never hurts.
Number One: 8-10 glasses of water per day (1 POINT)
For tracking this, I have found a cool app. It’s pretty simple to use, and a notification pops up when you are due to drink your next glass of water.
I could write a whole piece on the benefits of water. But it’s necessary for Optimal Brain function, and your brain is your engine. So think of water being as necessary for your body as you would oil for your car engine.
Here is the water tracker I use if anyone is interested. FREE and through Google Play Stores: Water Tracker: Amila.
Number Two: Going outside for just 20 minutes a day (1 POINT)
I used to think going outside was about getting exercise. So some days, I would do my 15-minute workout inside instead of going outside, but it didn’t boost my system like a walk did. I wondered why this was; the answer is sunlight.
In the winter, I know we take Vitamin D supplements, but they don’t hold a candle to what we get from the natural sunlight. I do have a post somewhere on this, so if anyone is interested, I can post it in the group.
Number Three: Meditation (1 POINT)
This is my favorite. I’m not going to lie and say I’ve mastered it, and that I can stay in the moment, because I can’t, but each morning I do this for only five minutes. I found a cool meditation video on Youtube that’s five minutes long. What’re five minutes when it can center you?
Youtube link to meditation: https://youtu.be/inpok4MKVLM
I also light incense when I meditate; my choice is lavender. I do this because one, it helps relax me, and two, when I don’t have time to meditate, and only burn my incense, it sends a signal to my brain to relax, so I get nearly the same benefits as if I had meditated.
Number Four: Exercise (1 POINT)
I think we all know why it’s so good for you, but what you don’t have to do is a rigorous one-hour workout to get the effects of moving. I’m six months pregnant, so I just do 15 minutes of cardio with a workout DVD. (I’m a big Davina fan) I always feel great. When I’m not pregnant, I do it faster. That's the only difference I make. I always feel great after working out.
Number Five: Gratitude (1 POINT)
I love this one, and I honestly think it’s really powerful. Each morning, I write down three things I am grateful for from the day before. I always pick the smallest things, like those that made me smile or gave me that feeling of pure contentment. So as I write them and think about them, that feeling rises inside me again. It’s like the idea of bottling up a certain scent that triggers emotions. For me, the smell of apple tarts takes me back to my nana’s kitchen.
Example: My one-year-old laughing. Every time I think of that sound or picture her tiny face, I smile. Keeping a gratitude notepad helps, and it’s fun to sit down and flick through the pages.
Number Six: Sleep (1 POINT)
This is another one that I could really jump into about sleep patterns and brain activity during this time, why waking up at certain times isn’t wise, even if you have eight to ten hours of sleep. If you break your sleep cycle or your brain’s pattern, it won’t do you any good. In fact, it could really hurt your productivity during the day.
Number Seven: Therapy (1 POINT)
I personally think everyone should have one on speed-dial. LOL, my sister is my therapist most days or my friends, but I also have an actual psychologist who has papers to prove it and a fee as well. For me, it might be a visit once every six months or when the occasion arises, I always walk away feeling refreshed and renewed.
So that’s my list. I aim to do at least four a day. If I fall below that, I notice the impact on my productivity.
I’m a full-time author, a mum of two, and another on the way, and I also do everything around the house like most of us, so having a strong foundation is super important to me.
I hope this helps.
I have a printable checklist if you want to grab your copy below available to the right.
*Tip: I have an iron deficiency, so when I take my tablet in the morning, I always do it with a glass of orange juice; it helps my body to absorb it more effectively.
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The next topic I want to discuss is sunlight and how it plays a huge rule in our productivity.
As an author and full-time mother, having a strong foundation and understanding of my body and brain is very important. I want to be the best version of myself I can.