Have you ever felt overwhelmed? Worried? Spread too thin? I was recently spread too thin (and not the kind that helps you fit into last year's swim suit) when I moved miles away from home and started a new business. This middle-of-nowhere Kansas belle decided to pack up her boots and head to the Jersey Shore. Intentionally. To stay for a while, if not forever. I did it for love, my career, excitement, and happy hour on the beach. I got all of that and more, but I didn't expect it to take as long, or be so damn stressful. Let me fill you in on how keeping a routine during one of the most stressful times in my life saved my sanity, and my productivity.
Most of us get to spend the day by the beach, consuming plenty of Vitamin D, drinking organic shakes, and reading for fun... right? Only in our dreams... or that one week of vacation. Although most of my free time is spent soaking in other people's wanderlust on Instagram, I realize it's a distant fantasy for the rest of us normal people. I’m a big proponent of creating the life you want, but I'm still working towards the "getting paid to travel and take pictures of my clothes" gig.
But back to reality! I’ve recently opened a new business, and my stress levels have been higher than usual. Before this wild idea (of a one-woman health care show on the Jersey shore), I had spent most mornings at the gym and most evenings relaxing and cooking nutritious meals. As you can imagine, opening a new business didn't (still doesn't) leave a lot of time for lavish 2 hour gym excursions and gourmet blackened mahi every night. After the first few days of my new business-owner life, I knew I had to make it a priority to keep a routine. It helped me consistently moving forward, and I'm confident it prevented a full blown meltdown… (ask my boyfriend).
Luckily, while I was hibernating during the winter, I was on a mission to order a million books off Amazon about self-improvement and read every single one of them. Okay, maybe not every single one, but I made a dent in those pages. I also fell in love Tim Ferris and Tony Robbins (don't ask my boyfriend). My favorite? Tim Ferris interviewing Tony Robbins. WHAT! Talk about the ultimate podcast episode. I know I can’t be the only girl that loves a buff dude with brains (please, tell my boyfriend)!
I was swimming in a sea of motivation and self-help, and every bubble in the water said "keep a routine!", despite the daily chaos we encounter. Successful and level-headed people swear by morning rituals. For instance Tony Robbins loves to meditate and start his day off with a healthy meal, as in: fish and salad for breakfast. Which proves a personal theory of mine: he's an amazing freak of nature. Tim Ferris starts his day with a small accomplishment. He swears by making his bed every morning. Unlike me, he apparently he never gave his mother a reason to yell at him. Although I don’t foresee making my own bed... ever… I've tried to stick to 5 habits to keep me on point and on purpose.
Although these tips seem like no-brainers, they’ve taken hard work to maintain. I don’t always feel like working out and eating healthy (because hello, binge watching Netflix and eating ice cream is easier), but I figure if the world’s most successful people swear by it, there’s gotta be something to it! Other dreamy health habits you might want to incorporate: getting 8 hours of sleep a night and journaling on a daily basis. Start your day by writing 3 things you're grateful for each day and watch how your perspective on life changes! All the little things we stress over seem less relevant when you realize how fortunate you are. I don’t suggest using my habits to keep you sane, but I do encourage you to find your own routine that brings out the best in you!
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit” -Aristotle
Dr. Stephanie Wigner is a Well Labs affiliate, and Chiropractor at Circle of Life Chiropractic in Point Pleasant, New Jersey. She really does spend her lunch hour taking pictures on the beach because she's a boss lady, and she can.