Fiona Duncan-Steer, founder of RSViP Business Networking Agency, discusses self-care, daily routines, and mastering your mindset.
As we embark on a new year, with new challenges ahead, some happen to be bossing the lockdowns and enjoying the downtime, whilst others are just plain fed up and ready to launch. There is no right or wrong in how you are feeling and every emotion you've is justifiable right now.
We have entered age digital communication and remote working, simplified routines and click on and collect, parents have become teachers and Netflix and jigsaws have become the main source of our entertainment.
Life has changed somewhat drastically for many of us and this is naturally a shock somewhere. Our routines have gone out of the window and we feel somewhat discombobulated. Therefore, focusing on self-care practice is so important – now more than ever.
Subconsciously many of us have little rituals we all do to prepare us for our day ahead; an interview, a public speech, each day at work – you see where I’m going. This is to ensure our mindset is incorporated in the right place for when we approach this stuff. This is to ensure that we are the very best version of ourselves when we walk into that room or undertake that task and this is where routine comes in and acts as such an important foundation to life itself and to your well-being and ultimately your happiness.
Having a loose routine will provide structure for your daily life and provide you with purpose and there are no rules here, this is completely personal to you, and so i encourage you to write down your current daily routine, look at it and find out how you can perhaps improve upon it, by structuring it accordingly. Integrate the key elements into it that you need to complete during your day and then intersperse something for you into there each day too, whether it be a work-out, a walk, or something that you know will help you to turn off and reset. Something that will nourish the mind and body.
Here is an example of my daily routine since January 2021:
My daily routine – Monday-Friday
- Make my bed – tidy surroundings, tidy mind.
- Make a cuppa – my hot drink of preference is generally herbal/fruit tea.
- Ten minutes of guided meditation using an app on my phone.
- Ten minutes of journaling – ‘free writing’ has amazing benefits.
- Work-out on the mat in my living room to loud music provided by Alexa.
- Start the working day – tackling emails and enquiries first, then tasks.
- An afternoon walk – 3 times around my crescent is exactly one mile.
- Read a few chapters of my latest book to chill from work.
- Dinner and Netflix!
Since setting up this routine and acknowledging that's exactly what it is, a routine, I actually look forward to each stage of it, as mundane and simple as it may be now in comparison to my amazingly active life pre-pandemic. It provides me purpose and fulfilment after i have achieved each element of it. There is something about exploring the day ahead and breaking it into bite sized achievable chunks, similar to when you set yourself a goal.
See your day as a goal to smash and pat your self on the back when the sun sets and you have got through another, but it is worth saying, don’t be hard on yourself if some days you wake up and you are just not feeling that Zoom call or online Pilates class or really anything more – we all have those days and weeks, however, be aware of them, notice them and let them pass.
In the words of Scarlett O’Hara: “Afterall tomorrow is another day.”
For more information on how you can master your mindset contact me to arrange a free discovery call: firstname.lastname@example.org www.fionaduncansteer.com www.rsvipnetwork.co.uk