Full confession that for the longest time my morning routine was hitting the snooze button multiple times and then jumping out of bed in a panic because I was going to be late for work.
With time comes wisdom. My morning routine looks very different these days. Now I start every day with a morning meditation. After that I do some gratitude journaling. Then I do a workout to get my body into motion.
I've played with hot and cold therapy off and on the last few months as well. I do like to experiment with wellness practices to see what happens for my mind and my body.
Now you may reading this thinking- "I have enough on my plate. How can I add more?"
Here's my humble suggestion. Start small. Start with a practice that you can do daily that takes only a few minutes. The simpler the practice, the less time consuming, the more likely that you'll stick to it.
Is it just me? Didn't think so.
This past Saturday my cat of 11 years went out to explore and so far she hasn't come home. She's an indoor/outdoor cat and goes out almost daily to check out where the wild things are. But she always comes home. Except this time she hasn't come back (so far).
It's really upset me. I am in tears. I miss having her around and know her daily routine as well as I know my own. I love my companion animals as I love any person in my life. I felt waves of grief and overwhelm come over me. The worst part of her being gone is not knowing what happened to her, if she's okay and if she'll ever come back. As much as my heart hurts for her, I'm reminded once again about how impermanent life is. That no one we love belongs to us. We're always in flux.
Having to say goodbye without actually knowing if it's time for goodbye. Or the worst is having to say goodbye when you don't want to say goodbye.
I thought three weeks and things will be back to 'normal.' But now a few weeks in I don't know when things will be 'normal' again or even what that will look like.
This time has forced me to double down on my spiritual practice as a way of keeping my own sanity and helping others.
I want to share with you some tools that can help you cultivate hope.
If you haven't already start a daily gratitude practice this is great time to start. Too often people are waiting for everything to be perfect in their life before they express gratitude. But if you start to come into a state of gratitude first, allow yourself to feel grateful, you'll manage to do two very important things.
There's science that shows that those who practice gratitude for ten minutes three times a day actually have a 50% increase in their immune system after just four days! Wow! That's truly amazing.
It can be very tempting to go into panic mode. It's completely understandable. The daily news isn't helping and nor is social media. We're all facing something we've never faced in our lifetimes.
There are ways to help yourself get through the days with a little more ease. There's nothing wrong with wanting to feel a little bit better, despite what's going on right now.
Creating a daily routine for yourself will do wonders for your mood and overall wellbeing. Some of the downsides to no routine are poor sleep, poor nutrition choices, and increased stress levels.
Here are some of the benefits of a routine-
Lowered stress levels that improve mental health. A lack of healthy stress management techniques can put you at greater risk for heart disease and negatively impact your overall health.
Better sleep will help your body recover from the...
Life was pretty exciting. Everything was an adventure.
Then you grew up and everything got so serious.
Adulting isn't for the faint of heart.
Who has time to play when there are bills to pay, kids to take care of, and career highs to achieve?
Am I right?
Here's the truth of the matter though. The more serious you get about life, the harder life gets. The heavy energy generated from all that seriousness causes a slow down in life force energy... making you feel even more tired and run down.
I've been enjoying the last few days in sunny California, reconnecting with friends and overdosing on some much-needed vitamin D. Mostly I've been getting back to having some good old fashioned FUN! Hanging out on the beach, listening to the ocean waves and dancing to my favourite tunes.
Letting my hair down and chilling out has resulted in some pretty magical things.
I've met some amazing people the last few days who feel like lifelong...