MS Awareness Month 2021, Day 11
E=EXERCISE, EAT, AND SLEEP
According to Dr. Adam Kaplin, “routine is the way you keep yourself steady in unpredictable times.” I feel certain that every MS Warrior experiences periods of unpredictable times. Some more than others. I also believe that routine is imperative for maintaining a successful life.
My advice is to find a schedule that keeps you accountable while offering the stability of consistency. Create a routine that works for you and practice it until it becomes a necessary part of your day.
I learned the value of this practice from a fellow writer. Shaunta Grimes founded Ninja Writers to support, educate, and encourage other writers. While her focus is of course on writing, her daily planner also includes daily responsibilities. She advises her followers to accomplish chores in ten-minute increments: writing, reading, reviewing, editing, exercising, cooking, resting. She tells us to do a load of laundry daily and to never go to bed leaving dishes dirty.
Don’t scoff. This is actually a very effective plan. I’m a firm believer in having a purpose, no matter how big or small.
Routine is essential to a healthy lifestyle. Eating, exercising, and resting need to be addressed. Too little or too much of anything is not good.
Balance. Balance. Balance.
I can preach all day about a healthy diet: avoid red meat, refined sugar, and dairy; but, I would be a hypocrite. I try, but I’m weak. This morning I had granola and a banana for breakfast. Good girl, Lisa.
For lunch, I had a turkey sandwich with spinach on whole-wheat bread and patted myself on the back.
Then the mid-afternoon hour arrived and I convinced myself that one bowl of ice cream couldn’t hurt. Five scoops later I am miserable. I promise myself I won't eat again all day.
The long and the short of it, though, is that we must monitor ourselves. Through moderate exercise, eating good foods (my downfall), and getting quality sleep we allow our bodies to heal and energize.
What types of exercise do you practice? I’ll share my library of movement tomorrow.
Lisa, Lady With the Cane