My HM1 told my class today that we have to not only be flexible but, we also have to be resilient. He told us his story on how he had a strong, capable and resilient team out in Afghanistan, and the only reason why they were still alive was because of that resilience. This is what the military molds us to be. We have to be strong, flexible and able to recover quickly, it’s just the nature of the beast.
“Life doesn’t get easier or more forgiving, we get stronger and more resilient.”
― Steve Maraboli
Today’s yoga practice was all about intention. What I felt this meant to me was my intention to pass my HM school and accomplish my plans for the year. What’s your intention? Maybe this video will spark something new for you.
“It is intent which establishes one’s consequential outcomes.”
– T.F. Hodge
Self Care Sunday
Being safe by staying indoors all day can be taxing. Whether you are essential personnel or not, we all play a crucial part in keeping everyone safe. With that being said, don’t let yourself fall off. Don’t forget about taking care of your mind, body and soul. Doing and seeing the same thing everyday, can start having the groundhog effect. It happened to me before on deployment and I felt it happening now at school. Today I mustered up the energy to treat myself to a “self care Sunday.” I needed that little routine to bring me out of my funk. So let me share with you what I’m doing today.
Routine for the Day
First and foremost I made myself a coffee. I can not crawl out of bed without making myself some coffee or tea. I just used the Donut Shop K-Cups with a little cream and sugar. The stronger the better. After my coffee, I got a start on my meal prepping for the week. While that was conveniently cooking in the Instapot, I decided to do a hair mask in the shower. Basically a hair mask is a deep conditioning for your hair. You can do all kinds of hair masks, it just depends on what result you want. I decided on trying out Marc Anthony Strictly Curls. I never really do these things so I thought it would be fun to do. I left it in for 10 minutes after shampooing my hair and my hair came out so soft! The curls seemed to be brought back to life and it wasn’t as frizzy. Since being here in school I may have just let my hair care go a little. I wear it up in a bun all day, every day, so it definitely needed this treatment. After that, I decided that I need to get back into my Yoga. So I am starting a new 30 day at home Yoga routine called, “Yoga with Adriene.” I have been doing her videos for over a year now and I love them. They help you find your balance and bring back a calmness over your mind and body. Today I did “Day-1 Recognize.” After the exercise I felt like all the stress was released. I definitely feel like my soul was realigned and calmed. Finding that inner peace is so important in general, but especially in a time when there is so much stress around. Next it was time to eat. I have a bad habit of not eating enough and its something I’m working on. So today I decided on something quick, easy and healthy. It’s smoothie time! To me there’s nothing better than making a fresh berry smoothie the way you like it. So while I drink my smoothie it’s time to write. I love to write, I love sharing my day and my ideas with you. It brings out my creativeness and I genuinely enjoy it. After writing, the rest of the day I will spend playing video games, maybe do some laundry, eat dinner and just relax. Being able to give yourself a day off from everything is so important. It allows yourself to rest and recharge for the upcoming weeks. Try not to fall into the monotonous rhythm, it impacts you more than you may think. Stay safe and stay healthy! Try something new everyday, maybe start a new routine. Down below I listed the Yoga routine, some music I’m listening to today and some video games I will be playing. Have fun my lovelies!
“I have come to believe that caring for myself is not self indulgent. Caring for myself is an act of survival.” — Audre Lorde
“Your handwriting. the way you walk. which china pattern you choose. it’s all giving you away. everything you do shows your hand. everything is a self portrait. everything is a diary.”
– Chuck Palahniuk
Sometimes our bodies all need a break. A little extra stretching and mindfulness on how we use our bodies. Remember to always take care of your body, because it takes care of you.
“The body benefits from movement, and the mind benefits from stillness.”
— Sakyong Mipham
“When the weather is hot, keep a cool mind. When the weather is cold, keep a warm heart.”
– Ajahn Brahm
During the Pandemic of COVID-19. It is important to stay calm and try not to be pulled into this unfortunate panic. The world is slowly going into a lock-down phase that can potentially preserve our health. One of the most basic and most important break in the chain of COVID-19 is simply washing your hands. The CDC stated in an article that, “Hand washing is one of the best ways to protect yourself and your family from getting sick. Learn when and how you should wash your hands to stay healthy.” Listed below are some educational links on how to wash your hands properly and effectively. There are also educational articles about the importance of it.
Doing this one simple step can help prevent the covid-19 from spreading. Stay safe, stay healthy.
“My goal is to stay in good health, and every day, I wake up and pray that I do.”
“It’s so hard to forget pain, but it’s even harder to remember sweetness. We have no scar to show for happiness. We learn so little from peace.”
“We can see the light at the end of the tunnel. We just need to keep battling. We’re a team that has stuck together through the good times and the bad times. Our reward is near.”
– Aaron Rowand