While I like routine, I also need flexibility.


If I set a rigid self-care or mindfulness schedule, I will spend much time and energy dreading what I “have to” do.


The Experiment


This week I decided to experiment with a new way to approach my mindfulness and self-care plan.


I created a flexi-self-care plan, in which I set weekly goals without a specific schedule.


My goals


I wanted to include:


3 Yoga Classes

6 Sitting Meditations

3 Mindful Movements (exercise, but done mindfully).


Each day I could chose whichever practice my body felt like doing.


This week I am happy to report:


6 Sitting Mindfulness Meditation Practices – both at home and in the office, ranging from 5 minutes to 45 minutes.

6 Yoga Practices – Restorative, Hatha, Yin and Yang, Restorative, Gentle Flow, Restorative and Yoga Nidra.

4 Mindful Moments – 2 Runs, 1 Walk, 1 Swimming Laps.



The Results


This week I ended up with more mindfulness practices than I normally have.


I’ve found that I’ve had more energy and have required less sleep.  I normally require 7-8 hours of sleep, yet this past week I have only been requiring 6-7 hours.


I’ve had more energy and better focus.


My mood has been very calm (less agitation when stuck in traffic).


My appetite has been more balanced – no urges for emotional eating, more cravings for healthy, clean foods.


I’ve done short gratitude practices before working with each client – I believe this makes me a better clinician.


Went to the doctors – my blood pressure was 104/70 BOOM!


What’s Next?


I quite like my flexi-self-care plan idea!


My mindfulness goals for next week are:


3 Yoga Practices

3 Mindful Movements (see, it sounds so much better than “exercise”)

6 Sitting Meditations

1 Mindful Cooking

3 Mindful Meals


Your Turn


What mindfulness goals would you like to set for the next 7 days?


Share it in the comments below and then come back once you’ve completed them.  Remember to make your goals realistic – you can increase them over time.