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  • Writer's pictureLisa Dunk

Recharge Your Routine: Small Changes for Big Impact

Today, let's talk about the power of routines—and how even the smallest changes can make a world of difference, especially when you're navigating the rollercoaster of cancer treatment.

Now, I know what you're thinking: changing your routine while dealing with treatment? It sounds like an impossible feat. But trust me, it's not about overhauling your entire life—it's about making tiny tweaks that add up to big results.

"All big things come from small beginnings. The seed of every habit is a single, tiny decision. But as that decision is repeated, a habit sprouts and grows stronger. Roots entrench themselves and branches grow. The task of breaking a bad habit is like uprooting a powerful oak within us. And the task of building a good habit is like cultivating a delicate flower one day at a time." - James Clear

In his book, Atomic Habits, he talks about the concept of "atomic" habits—tiny, incremental changes that compound over time to create remarkable transformations. And let me tell you, this approach is a game-changer, especially when your energy and resources are limited.

So, how do you recharge your routine when every day feels like a battle? Start small. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  1. Morning Mindfulness: Instead of diving headfirst into your day, carve out a few minutes each morning for mindfulness. Whether it's meditation, journaling, or simply savoring your morning coffee, starting your day with intention sets the tone for the hours ahead.

  2. Movement Breaks: When you're feeling drained from treatment, the last thing you want to do is hit the gym. But even a short walk around the block or a gentle yoga flow can do wonders for your physical and mental well-being. Incorporate mini movement breaks throughout your day to recharge and reset.

  3. Restful Rituals: Quality sleep is essential for healing, yet it can be elusive during treatment. Create a bedtime routine that signals to your body it's time to wind down. Whether it's reading a book, taking a warm bath, or practicing gentle stretches, find what helps you relax and make it a nightly ritual.

Remember, Rome wasn't built in a day, and neither are new habits. Be patient with yourself and celebrate every small victory along the way. By embracing atomic habits and making tiny changes to your routine, you'll recharge your life one step at a time.

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