Yeah Right, Like I Have the Time for THIS!
Sun up: You wake up, you’ve got things to do.
Sun down: You’re tired, all you want to do is go to bed!
You don’t have time to clean your skin twice! I know, I know - taking care of ourselves usually comes after everything else. This is a backwards mentality though. How can we do everything else that we’re supposed to do daily if we don’t take care of ourselves first? When I was first introduced to the double-cleansing method, I laughed and said, “Yeah RIGHT! I barely get a single routine in before bed.” The more I thought about laughing this off, the more I realized just how neglectful I really am to myself and it truly hurt my feelings. I legit hurt my own feelings for being so neglectful of myself.
What we do daily becomes routine. So routine, that a lot of it becomes habitual. Day in and day out we practice these habitual behaviors and go for long periods of time before we stop and take care of ourselves.
Perfect example: As the creator and owner of Noble Theory LLC, you would think that I would spend a lot of time taking care of myself on a day-to-day basis, right? Yeah, you’d think. The trouble with this though, is that I have a habitual set of behaviors that I repeat daily. In my mind, I have all these things to accomplish in a day and if I so much as step outside of one minute of time to do anything but focus on this list of things, I’ll never get anything done. EW!! I don’t like living that way. True, a lot of what I do is necessary, but I shouldn’t be so forgetful of myself all the time. This type of neglect should be a crime!
Making the Time
I’ve resolved to rearrange my priorities starting with the moment I wake up. I already wake up at 5:00 AM though and I still feel like I’m hustling out of the door just to make it to work on time already. Now I need to wake up earlier?
No. I know that I’m already going to wash my face, I just usually do it before I get into the shower, after everything else. So instead of waking up and heading straight to the kitchen for coffee or tea, sit down and read emails, or start working on my list of things to do, I go straight to the bathroom and wash my face…and get this, I do it twice AND still have time for coffee or tea. All I’ve done is rearrange the order in which I do things, making sure to put the very first thing that I do in the morning at the top of the list of things to do. So, why shouldn’t the very first thing that I do be for myself?
Nothing Makes Any Sense!
Living in a fast-paced world with a mile-long list of daily accomplishments is maddening! We work and think - and work and strive - and work and [whatever]. All too often emergencies come up which throws everything off kilter. So now we’re all stressed out because we’re behind on our daily tasks - we forgot to send out that email or return that phone call and the bills are due, and now I can hear my cat in the bathroom unraveling the toilet paper roll, shredding it all over the place, having a great time, and…
STOP! Yes, we have things to achieve today. Yes, things pop up in our lives that take priority over some of those daily tasks on that list. Yes, we have people who rely on us to meet our obligations and responsibilities and we are doing the best that we can. But what’s missing?
We have forgotten about ourselves today and we’re likely to do it again tomorrow. How can we go on like this day in and day out? Truth be told, we don’t. We end up burnt out, sick, tired and immobile so it takes more time to recover from the neglect! Maddening!
Making Sense of Time
Think about all the things we do in a day. Now think about how many times we’ve been able to achieve everything on that list. Honestly, we normally don’t. Something comes up which takes higher priority so naturally, some things just lag. Question: did the world come to an end because you didn’t complete your entire list of things? No, it didn’t.
So, when we arrange our daily activities around ourselves first, we’ve already accomplished the MOST important thing that day, we’ve done something that gives us the energy to take on tomorrow’s list. Whatever comes first on your list of things to do that day is done before you even begin working through the rest. Here’s the clincher, some of the things that we can fill that time slot with can bring us even more energy so that we have an abundance of energy to tackle the list of things. In fact, if we did our workout routine in the morning, that energy would not only allow us to tackle an entire day of things to do, we’d also be better to deal with anything else that may pop up. So…think of yourself first Making this change will change your life!
True Grit - How to Double Cleanse
The way I learned to double-cleanse was to cleanse with oils first and then follow that up with a soap-based face wash. As you already know, I don’t use soap on my face. So, I stepped outside of the lines of what I was taught and turned it into something altogether different. Here’s what I do:
1. I cleanse with the cleansing grains first. This step exfoliates the dead skin that has formed overnight during my sleep.
2. Then I cleanse with my oil cleanser. This step gets deep down into the pores and removes any excess oil without stripping away too much.
3. Once I’m done cleansing my face. I get into the shower.
4. After my shower, I pat myself dry, comb my hair and spritz my face, neck & chest with my toner.
5. Then I moisturize. Starting with my face first then move on to the rest of my body.
I go to bed every night at the same time, so I know exactly how much time I need to do my nightly routine. Therefore, I know when I need to start it. It is as follows:
1. Actually, I brush my teeth first.
2. Cleanse with the cleansing grains.
3. Followed by an oil cleanse.
4. Followed by a toner.
5. Followed by a night serum.
Just like everything else, your skin becomes used to a routine and starts acting as it should when you treat it well. When you treat yourself well, you feel good about life and it can have a domino effect. Adding more self-care steps to your routine gives your body a break. When you feel and look your best you’ll start to achieve more in a day and do better for yourself over time.
Don’t let the world make you forget about you. You’re just as important as the next person and you should treat yourself accordingly.