I’ve heard it said that the best thing about retirement is Sunday night. On this Sunday night, not retired quite yet, I was hoping the weekend would have been more restorative. Instead, I’m still tired, still have a list of chores undone, and wonder if I have the stamina to make it through the next weeks and months.
So here’s my plan:
Get back to basics. Eat healthier. Go to bed on time (that means slicing earlier:). Take a daily walk. Write more on the calendar so I don’t have to rely on memory. Be kind to myself and others.
I’ve been reading several books about making behavior changes, knowing that I need to add more positive habits to my daily routine. I had an Aha! when I read that people who rely on motivation to change are rarely successful. Motivation is unreliable! Instead, just as we do for our students, I need to break these goals into the smallest steps where I can be successful and then, CELEBRATE the success. I know I don’t celebrate my successes enough and am much more likely to get down on myself.
My baby steps will start with adding one more vegetable at dinner, turning off media of all types by 9:00 (maybe 8:00?), and putting on my shoes. Then celebrate!