Deep Level Self Care Series: From Chaos To Calm w/ Decluttering
Hello Soul Aligned Self Care Community,
This is the last step in the decluttering practice and if you haven't listened to the other two you can visit them here:
Inside the SASC Bootcamp I call this decluttering your processes. It’s about looking at the way you do everything in your life, your standard operating procedures, and finding all the places you find friction and discomfort and then trying to remove, reduce, and improve.
The more we refine these things, the more we remove stress, anxiety, and overwhelm. We reduce our chance of burnout.
As I said at the beginning of this series, there are 11 practices I share in the Bootcamp and when you put all of them together they create a powerhouse of support for you. When you make the decision to support yourself at this level you create a mindset shift for yourself to always have your own back and to put your health and wellness at the forefront of your mind.
We all know the saying, you can’t pour from an empty cup. Well, I’ll take that a step further, when you make these practices your standard operating procedures in your life they build on each other and this will not just help you avoid burnout but also help you thrive!
So what do I mean by processes in your life? I’m talking about your morning routine, your bedtime routine, the way you prepare meals, and how you get your kids ready for school. It’s about looking at these processes and improving them to reduce any friction or discomfort from them and making them more enjoyable.
So I have a few examples, one of the things I do for myself to make my morning routine more pleasant is I always make sure to do my dishes the night before so I wake up to a clean kitchen. When I wake up to a sink full of dirty dishes, it stresses me out immediately and it puts me in a negative mood. By making sure I wake up to a clean sink, I change my mood in the morning. I change my energy when I'm starting my day.
Another thing I do for my morning routine is, I get my coffee pot ready the night before so that in the morning there is fresh coffee waiting for me. This makes me feel taken care of and combined with the clean sink starts my morning off in a positive fashion.
As you can see it does not have to be a huge change. You can make all of these small changes for all the processes in your life to improve your experience of your day.
Some of the other things that you can look at are:
- Your workout routine.
- Getting dressed in the morning.
- Going to bed at night.
- How are you preparing your meals?
- How you go food shopping.
And so many more..
You can also look at the things you do within these processes and when you find something you do not enjoy doing ask yourself the question, can I delegate this to someone else or can I ditch doing this altogether? This not only reduces friction and stress but also creates more time for the things you love.
As an example, if at this time in your life, it has been your responsibility to prepare the meals for your family but you absolutely hate cooking you can have a family meeting and discuss delegating some of these responsibilities to the other family members. Keep in mind when you delegate responsibility to other people you have to let go of having it done your way.
This could look like:
- Your partner is responsible for meals once or twice a week.
- Your kids make sandwiches with the family once a week.
- Using a meal prep service.
- Going out to dinner.
- Batch cooking food to freeze.
And much more..
So, It's very simple, all you have to do is look at the way you do things, decide what causes stress, remove or delegate that thing, and then add in things that improve the experience.
This is how you go from chaos to calm in your daily life.
So if it's that simple why doesn't everybody do it?
This is a good question but the simple answer is, that it can be a lot of work upfront. But once you work out everything you want to change the results are lasting.
As I said at the beginning of this blog post, this is just one small step out of the 11 I share with you inside of the Bootcamp. Each step involves upfront work and lasting change to reduce stress and anxiety, create more time for yourself, and enjoy your life deeply.
After I had my stroke, I had to really get serious about reducing my stress levels. Because I knew when I had the stroke I was very healthy. I was in the best shape of my life and I ate pretty well. The one thing I was not doing was controlling my stress.
What happened to me after using all these practices in my life was, yes I reduced my stress and anxiety levels, and yes I also enjoyed my life more, but there were other things that came along with it that were amazing.
- I reconnected with myself. I learned to love myself deeply and accept myself exactly as I was while still trying to always better myself.
- My relationships improved because my own self-love improved. They say you can only love others as deeply as you love yourself and I think this is true.
- I was no longer satisfied doing dull and mundane jobs and tasks. I needed to follow and do the things I was passionate about. I seeked them out and I learned to master them and always include them in my life. I found my purpose.
- I learned to manage and protect my energy in order to keep myself healthy and happy.
These side effects of deep-level self-care were not expected but turned out to be even more amazing than reducing my stress and anxiety and avoiding burnout.
I decided to share all these 11 practices on the blog and on the podcast in order to help as many people as possible. If you would like to go deeper into these practices and have me as your coach you could always step into the Bootcamp with me. You can hop on the waitlist today >>Here<< and registration will open soon.
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