I’ve got a list. And a date. I’ve got a 5 day circuit break, “stare at the ocean” retreat scheduled, and it begins in 2 days. I’m getting ready to shuck my routine, list or no list. I know I’ll return as vital as the sun. Shucking routine is good for that.
I’ve been toying around with changing up routines and rhythms for a few months now, and then, out of the blue (or so it seems), Dr. Sarah wrote this fantastic article on changing some everyday habits. Well, it’s been great for a laugh, haven’t even come close to attempting all 30. It would seem so simple, but evidently, I am deeply automatic (read asleep) with many routine actions.
How about you? Will you have a go at some of Dr. Sarah’s suggestions? Would love to hear what happens.
While we’re on habit, last month I mentioned that contributor Barry Friedman offered (for the first time ever) a 30 day Sugar Free program. I did it, and it was truly fabulous. He’s just let me know that he’s going to run it every month. On a really cool “pay what you choose” basis. Details in Check it Out Too!.
Have an adventure of a week. I know you will. With love, red photinia, Becky
The Lethal Routine
Dr. Sarah Farrant
Whilst I was a student, many decades ago know, I had a wonderful teacher who encouraged me to do my routine differently…for a day. He encouraged me to do this in an effort to not only use both sides of my body but in an attempt to stop taking what I do for granted and appreciate the body I have chosen to live in. So I set about doing a few things he suggested of which I quickly come to realize how automatic my life was, striving to be the most efficient I could be quick to get things down without thought or pause.
And seeing the Vital Moms ezine is about “Firsts” I decided to create a challenge were the “lethal switched off routine” of our daily life could be broken, if only momentarily. You can make this a family thing to do if you have kids and if you have grandchildren make it a game and step aside to see what happens. If you own a business and have team members incorporate this into your work place culture for a month of fun!
I have listed for you 38 things we automatically do and I’ve either asked you to do the opposite or make a note of what you do. Only choose 30 or 31 of the things because the challenge only goes for a month. They are all things you possibly take for granted, don’t think about any more and or unconsciously strive to complete in the most efficient way as you rush out the door to get somewhere. Simply select a thing to do each day for 30 or 31 days and do it differently. Choose only one a day because the point is for you to attune to your body and note what you take for granted. For example perhaps it’s a “routine” that now takes longer than expected or eating is now slower (not a bad thing!), tying the shoelaces is more challenging or drying yourself after a shower now takes on a whole new meaning! Not only will this create immense frustration within you as you attempt to go about your daily “routine” less efficiently however it too will be fun and stimulating.
It’s time to appreciate and celebrate how weird, wonderful and wacky life is when we stop and attempt to do our daily “lethal routine” differently!
Here are 38 items for you to work through in no particular order. This is by no means an exhaustive list. If you have some wonderful creative additions to this list please share them on our Vital Moms FaceBook page to let us all know.
Above all enjoy and have FUN with it!
Choose one “thing” to do differently per day for 30 days:
Brush your teeth with the other hand
Uncross your legs when sitting
Wash the dishes starting from the other side
Fall asleep facing the other way
Note how you automatically dry yourself a certain way after a shower and do it a different way!
Brush your hair with the other hand
Switch your mouse around to the other side (now that will challenge a few I am sure)
Scroll your phone or mobile device (e.g. iPad) with the other hand and finger
Sleep on the other side of the bed
Change seats at the dinner table (if you are really routine orientated!)
Sweep the floor with broom in the other hand
Empty the dishwasher from the other side
Set the table as a left hander would eat or if left handed as a right hander would eat
Eat as a left hander if you are right handed and vice versa
Write a shopping list with your right hand if you are left handed and left hand if you are right handed
Pluck your eyebrows with your other hand
Put your organic make up on (if you wear it) with the other hand
Rule a line with the other hand going the other way
Blow dry your hair with the other hand/arm
Drive the kids to school via a different route
This is for the kids… skate board with the opposite foot forward
Hammer a nail with the other hand
Unlock your front door with the other hand
Kick the ball with the other foot
Throw a ball with the other arm
Hug on the opposite side (left side to left side and heart to heart!)
Lather with soap with the opposite hand
Step with a different leg first when putting clothes on in the morning
Mix contents in a bowl with the opposite hand
Stir a pot with the opposite hand
Eat chocolate with the opposite hand
Paint a picture with the opposite hand
Use calculator with the opposite hand
This is another one for the kids… surf with the opposite foot forward
Do your belt up the opposite way
Use a spoon in other hand
Drink out of a glass with other hand
Pour from a jug with other hand
Dr. Sarah Farrant
Sarah Farrant has become the ‘tell it like it is’, no fluff, mentor to moms. She is dedicated to helping individuals and families step away from the treatment merry-go-round by giving them a new way to approach their own health and the health of their children. Today she supports, mentors, and educates thousands of parents globally.
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Dr Sarah offers resources for parents looking to get off the “treatment merry-go-round”. She helps families gain the confidence to gain optimal health, naturally.
Gift #1: Audio MP3 – “What you don’t know can hurt you and your children!”
Gift #2: Report – “The Truth About Health Choice… what your doctor isn’t telling you!”
Gift #3: Vital Moms Vital Communications Ezine recommendations and tips for individuals and parents
BONUS: Opportunity for a Vital Health Momentum Session
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Sugar as addictive as cocaine? That’s what Dr. Mercola’s newest article explains.
Well no wonder good intentions and wanting to make a change just don’t cut it. You need “kick in the pants” motivation. Day by day recharging of the promise you’ve made to yourself.
There’s no doubt about it, getting off of sugar sucks. But if you think you’re ready, this is the place to start. Inspired by the interaction with us here at iNAB, and his own wrestle down of the sugar beast, world class entertainer Barry Friedman created a program.
It’s not “Quit SUGAR Forever.”
Starting November 1 (just after crazy kids crap sugar day-Halloween)
Could you do it? Join in, Barry and Michelle will hold your hands if you let them. And if you think you don’t need hand holding, but you eat sugar everyday, well, you do.
They SO want to see you succeed, and have some very tricky and motivating ways tucked up their entertainers sleeves.
“Ahhhh. How wonderful to have lunch with you. What a lovely video. 🙂 That really made me happy to see.”
“The big question is whether you are going to be able to say a hearty yes to your adventure.” Joseph Campbell