I want you to be high maintenance
You heard me right. I want you to be habitually high maintenance.
I want you to start your day with the beauty routines, the nice shampoo and conditioner, and all those hair products. Use that special expensive face wash, and don’t forget sunscreen, on your neck and hands.
Men, I’m talking to you too.
Have your high maintenance habits spill over to the kitchen. When you wake up, have coffee making, water ready to drink, and breakfast that you enjoy.
Set your day in motion by the time you walk out the door. Briefcase, gym bag with your favorite gym outfit, walking shoes ready to go. You don’t need happy hour every day. Get your body moving after work! Meet your friends for a walk.
Every day, do the things that make your life better every day.
High Maintenance People Take Care of Themselves
Here’s the thing about high maintenance people: they take care of themselves. That’s a GOOD thing! Why would you not want that? I’m not asking you to go demand your spouse irons and folds your undies, because this blogger told you so. (Please no.)
What I’m saying is, adopt habits that make your healthier and make your life better. Our bodies take maintenance, like your home, your car, and your relationships. Our lives go better if we have healthy routines.
When you train, take your time to warm up, do PT exercises if you need, and get mentally ready to work.
Be deliberate about having a good meals. After supper, take your vitamins, clean up and make the coffee for tomorrow.
Spend time with family or on a hobby that makes you happy.
Before bed, check all the boxes again: shower, lotion, face cream, lay out clothes for tomorrow. Say your prayers, quiet your mind, and put yourself to bed in time to rest and recover.
On the weekend, spend time on the things that weekday schedules don’t allow. See your friends, mow your lawn, and make time to hang out with people who fill your cup. Go to church, say your prayers, and think on the things you are grateful for.
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Develop Your Maintenance Routines
It seems overwhelming to check all those boxes, but you must. The way to do it is by having routines. Other ways I’ve found to keep my habits in line:
- Reminders on my phone for the monthly or annual things
- Timely prompts, like vitamins and creatine by the coffee pot, because I never forget coffee
- External reminders like a whiteboard where I log my training
Have you noticed that when something goes wrong in your life, EVERYTHING goes wrong? It makes sense: if you are more stressed out in one area of your life, you aren’t bringing your healthiest or freshest self to any other areas.
And that’s OK – thats LIFE! You can’t completely control that. But you can control the effort you put into being healthy and treating yourself well.
This is why you need to be high maintenance. Maintain your body, your happiness and your spirit.
Make these healthy routines for your skin, your training program, your recovery, your eating habits, your food and your social life. Your very happiness depends on it.
Need Help With Your Routines?
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