I want to let you in on a dirty little habit of mine. Well – it was a dirty little habit. OK – Stop it! It is nothing like that.
I never take my make-up off at night before I go to bed.
I KNOW! It is a horrible habit and something I just didn’t think was all that important. Usually, by the end of my day, my make-up is all gone anyway and quite honestly – I’m just too tired to bother with it. OK – I admit – I am being quite lazy.
A couple of years ago, I developed this rash on my eyelids – it looked like dry skin and it burned whenever I would put my eye makeup on.
I went to the doctor.
He gave me some ointment.
It didn’t really help.
I quit wearing eye makeup – I could only wear eyeliner and mascara – they didn’t seem to bother the condition.
A few months ago, I started to get a burning sensation on my cheek bones whenever I would put on my makeup.
OK – sidebar here – I don’t wear a lot of make up. I feel it looks pretty natural, it isn’t the sort of thing that looks caked on.
Anyway – thinking I’m getting older, my skin is changing…I swtiched to “cleaner” makeup, polled some friends as to what they were wearing, did they have any trouble.
Then it donned on me one night….I wonder if I just start washing my face every night – whether or not I feel I need it – I wonder if that might help.
Within two days – – the burning stopped.
Same sort fo secerniro….my husband suffers from chronic heartburn. A few years ago he went on this big exercise program and was keeping up with it pretty successfully for a long time. He lost some weight, and his heartburn went away.
Over time, his schedule changed and his workout frequency reduced, causing him to gain some weight back and his heartburn came back.
The other day, he mentioned that he wants to start working out again to help with the heartburn and to also allow him to stop taking the daily antacid.
I think somethings we search for a solution or a “fix” before we look at our current habits to change the things we want or need to change in our routines.
In dieting we look for pills or products that we can do or take to help us lose weight. Instead, maybe we need to look at just changing hings to our routine. What I mean is – instead of saying “I’m going to give up soda and sugar” – what if you say “I’m going to add more veggies and fruit and three more glasses of water to each day.”
Likewise – if you are rushing every morning to get the kids out the door and to the bus stop – instead of bribing them or threatening them or just plain yelling – or instead of telling yourself – I’ll get up ten minutes early….what if you change the approach by getting everything ready the night before so all you have to do is get up, get ready, eat breakfast and out the door you go?
I’m using this same approach with a personal sleep study I’m conducting. I know I’ve shared with you that I suffer from insomnia. I’ve tried a few different prescription sleep aids, yet , over the counter stuff seems to work best for me. But now I’m tired of taking pills; which cause me to feel gross all the time, and depend more and more on caffeine. So, I’m slowing eliminating some things from my routine (like sleep pills, caffeine, wheat, sugar) and adding things to my routine (more exercise, meditation and reading for pleasure) to see what has the best impact. I’ll keep you posted.
Today’s tip – look at your current routine and before adding a canned solution – look for ways you can adjust things. It might be something as small as washing your face at night or adding one more glass of water to your routine to see a difference.
Happy Tuesday Everyone!
PS – we’re closing in on May and there’s still time to help with my May Challenge to sell 100 copies of Making Time for Dinner. Have you gotten your copy yet?