Beds, Meds and Elves
“Woke up, got out of bed,
dragged a comb across my head…”
A Day in the Life by The Beatles
Recently, I started a morning regimen based on something I saw on an internet infomercial. It involved a young woman wearing elf-like ears who held “magical” crystals in her hands while throwing around words like “chakra,” “karma,” “yin and yang.”
Much of what Elf Woman said I disregarded, but I liked the main idea she espoused -- starting one’s day with a list of eight 1 minute activities. I used a few from her list and substituted a few to make it my own.
Here’s my list: Bed, Meds, Drink, Pray, Read, Thanks, Stretch, Puzzle.
Bed: This one is simple, and it’s something I’ve (almost) always done. The simple act of making the bed as soon as I get up -- my first accomplishment of the day! It’s not a big deal, but I agree with The Elf -- it is a quick and simple way to make you feel good in the morning. It also shows resolutely that ‘I am not going back to bed; I’m off to face the world.’
Meds: Now that I take a mouthful of vitamins and pharmaceuticals every morning, I have to actually put this on my list, lest I forget. I have my medications conveniently packaged by Schmidt and Sons Pharmacy of Clinton, who puts them in little bubble wraps for me. I then write the dates on each of the bubbles; that way I know for sure if I missed a day or not.
Drink: Elf Woman also recommended drinking a glass of water first thing in the morning to counter dehydration during the night. It makes sense to me, and being older and taking a daily diuretic, I have even more reason to feel dehydrated in the morning. I shouldn’t complain, though, because I start each day with at least 100 steps on my pedometer….
Pray: Prayer is something I wish I could say I did more often than I do, but since I retired from my teaching career and the long morning commute that went with it, prayer has been sporadic. It’s good to have prayer on my morning list. It helps bookend my day, as I usually read my Bible every night before bed.
Read: For this one, I choose to do some spiritual reading -- short, 1 minute passages. Elf Woman recommended reading something called, Healing with Fairies or The Magic of Healing Crystals and Gemstones. Lucky for me, my good friend, Norleen Hicks, gave me a book of meditative readings with associated Bible verses as a Christmas gift. These fit perfectly into my new regimen, and they give me something to think about for the rest of the day.
Thanks: Many mornings I find myself waking up and starting to think of all the things that I have to do that day, eventually becoming overwhelmed before I even get fully dressed. Taking 1 minute to stop and thank God out loud for all of the wonderful things in my life -- both past and present -- helps put things into perspective. Facing the day’s tasks becomes minor in comparison to all the wonderful things for which I am thankful.
Stretch: I’ve developed a 1 minute exercise routine -- a combination of calisthenics and stretching. It’s a good addition to my day because I haven’t done a whole lot of exercise lately. Standing in place, I’ll pretend that I’m lifting weights, doing shoulder presses or flapping my arms like I’m doing jumping jacks. I’ll do a few knee bends and twist slowly at the waist --basically just working out all the kinks. I do the entire routine non-stop and in a slow rhythmic pace, counting out loud. It’s not strenuous, nor is it likely to build rippling muscles, but I am moving body parts that don’t normally get moved during the day, and that’s got to be good. This activity should probably get expanded beyond the 1 minute mark at some point, but for now, it’s a productive start.
Puzzle: Each morning I start the day with a puzzle, usually a sudoku puzzle -- my favorite. These take at least three minutes, usually, but I include them on my list of 1 minute activities with the knowledge that other activities listed here will (hopefully) also expand. I choose sudoku puzzles because I almost always solve them (sometimes with help). I think it’s important to challenge the mind, but it’s also vital to begin the day with a little success.
So, this is my new routine. It’s a good way to get my day started, and maybe it will be something you, Good Reader, might also adopt? Feel free to use my list, or go online to look up the Elf Woman if you’d prefer something more… er, esoteric.
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