Updated: Apr 16, 2020
Our daily frustrations, irritations, and interruptions are the perfect chance to 'practice' developing resilience.
Just for fun...
BEFORE I give you the list of 'resilient family culture strategies'...
I want to illustrate 'resilience' in daily life.
And I'll use a day in my life -- TODAY -- as an example.
(And while I do that, I want you to look for the 'strategies of resilience and see if you can spot them... It's kind of like a game. Leave a comment and tell me how many you find and tomorrow I'll tell you if you're right!)
My day 'today' starts last night...
Because if you don't get to bed at a good time and have enough restful sleep...
Then you're potentially sabotaging the following day.
Dinner happens around 5:30 or 6:00 pm and I stop eating and begin intermittent fasting around that time.
(Not eating after 6 or the latest 7 pm helps me sleep better at night).
I read in bed until about 9:45 or 10:00 pm.
(I've created family systems that allow me to do this).
(I do feel a little hungry before bed, so I take a spoonful of raw honey.)
I sleep soundly (because I've created systems for good sleep -- like blackout curtains, a soft mattress, perfect room temperature, etc.)
My 3-year-old comes into our room around 5:00 am(?), but we all drift quickly back to sleep.
I awake naturally, without an alarm, and feeling rested at 6:45 am.
After my 'bath & bedroom routines' (teeth, toilet, and workout clothes), I head downstairs and start the electric tea kettle for my morning herbal tea.
While it boils, I bounce on my rebounder (a birthday gift from yesterday) and do some morning stretching to activate my lymphatic system.
Then I prepare my herbal tea. It's specifically designed to help me continue intermittent fasting until 9 or 10 am -- plus the healthy fats first thing in the morning give a boost to my brain.
Herbal tea. My preference is Twinnings Mint Tea.
1-2 Tbs of grass fed butter. We use Kerrygold Pure Irish Butter
1-2 Tbs of coconut oil or MCT oil (optional)
Cocoa nibs (additional polyphenols and antioxidants) (optional)
Cream (not really good for you unless it's raw, grass fed, and organic, but that's hard to find in the USA and I am 'addicted' to it... so I add it anyway, planning to go raw as soon as we move back to Europe one day... 😉)
Once my tea is ready I go to my office to begin my Morning Routine which includes:
Prayer or meditation
Writing my 'morning pages'
Reading from spiritual literature