Creating Consistency with an Inconsistent Schedule

Do you work 10 or 12 hour shifts?

Does your time at work change from day to day?

Do you travel often?

Does your schedule depend on someone else’s inconsistent schedule? Maybe your husband and kids?

Working on your autoimmune health takes daily work and this can be hard to achieve when you have an inconsistent schedule.

I began my autoimmune transformation years ago while working 12 hour shifts at the hospital. I made a lot of mistakes along the way, which meant I learned a lot of ways to do things! Here are some tips that made my changes possible and eventually…easy!

1) Plan your week: Look at your schedule one week at a time and plan when you will be at work, and when you will be at home

2) Establish a rest day: Take one day from every week and make no plans on that day. Rest and relaxation are actions that are needed on a regular basis.

3) Establish a prep day: Make one day your “prep” day for autoimmune care. Get the laundry done, go to the grocery store, cook your meals, and meal prep. If you struggle with fatigue, spread this out over the course of 2-3 days. Just know when you will get each weekly task done.

4) Begin and end everyday the same: This will help you make consistency happen no matter what the day entails. You could start the day with prayer and end it with journaling. Plan these activities close to when you rise and go to bed to help you set a routine.

5) Have patience developing a new routine- this will take some trial and error which is necessary for improvement. Allow yourself to learn what is needed with the changes you make. Maybe you need to remember to fill your car with gas when you go to the grocery store, instead of when you get near empty. Each week will improve when you change these small details.

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