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Imagine you have collapsed into bed after a grueling day and you already feel yourself drifting into the land of sheep…
The record scratches and you realize that you have not washed your face or brushed your teeth. I am embarrassed to say that I have spent many nights arguing with myself about the validity of hygiene (after 11:00pm). I crawl out of bed because I know what happens if I don’t. I know how I feel when I do not complete the basics. The alarm sounds at 5:30am and my crustiness is not helpful in greeting my new day.
No one is going to debate that basic hygiene plays a role in health. The basics can affect our physical, emotional, and mental health (if you don’t believe me, think about the time you realized that you were not wearing deodorant). The basics are building blocks for optimal health. If you cannot brush your teeth, I am betting that a lymphatic brushing is going to be a “no”. We can apply the same thought process to our emotional and mental health. There are some basics that are incredible building blocks.
Here are a few of my basics that have helped me to take care of myself:
-Spend at least 30 minutes outside daily.
-Prioritize sleep and sleep preparation.
-Move my body in challenging and playful ways.
-Prepare and enjoy food that will nourish
and uplift my body.
-Continue to learn new skills, principles, or arts.
-Meditate or pray daily.
-Serve others through meaningful connection.
We often ignore the basics because it seems too “simple” or “easy”. That’s what makes consistency challenging. Just like brushing those teeth, I don’t always feel like practicing the basics. However, I am never disappointed when I do. What are your basics? Do you have practices that have made a difference? I would really appreciate you letting me know so that I can learn and share with others!
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sending my love,
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