As the holidays approach, many of us will find ourselves busier than we care to be. Making time to take care of our mind, body and soul may seem harder than ever. The reality is though, this is the time of year when we need it most!
Holidays mean extra energy and emotion spent on spreading love and cheer to our friends, co-workers and family. Now we have all heard the saying "you must first fill your cup to fill that of others." That could not be more true! We must treat ourselves as we treat others, we must fill our cups so that we have enough to share with those we care about most.
How Do I Make Enough Time For... Me?
First you must evaluate when in your day you have the opportunity to set aside time for yourself. If your schedule is very full, this might seem like an impossible task or just something that is not realistically achievable for you. IF you are that person, I suggest you take a look at your morning routine.
Creating An Achievable Morning Routine
Self care is not all about bubble baths and spa days. Self care can mean setting yourself up for success by planning ahead and being prepared. Sometimes self care means laying out your clothes the night before so you can leave for work a few minutes early, and stop at your favorite coffee place. Self care is the foundation of the best version of yourself that you can be.
Here are my top suggestions to helping you start your morning off right, and prepare yourself for the rest of your day. Suggestions that you can actually DO! I promise I will not suggest you wake up at 4:30 AM....
1. Go To Bed Early
Or, wake up earlier. Evaluate your sleeping habits and ask yourself- "Is it easier to wake up in the morning or go to sleep at night?" If you wake up easily, try waking up 30 minutes earlier than you normally set your alarm. If you fall asleep easily, try going to bed a little earlier AND waking up earlier. The goal is to feel rested when you wake up, rested enough so you can get up earlier and have time to yourself before rushing off onto your day.
2. Drink A Glass Of Warm Water w/ Lemon
First thing after you roll out of bed, head to your kitchen and pour yourself a warm glass of water with a squeeze of lemon. Then, drink the whole thing. To make things simple, you can use the lemon squeeze from the grocery store instead of fresh lemons. In traditional Ayurvedic medicine warm lemon water is considered a fundamental part of any morning routine. The warm water wakes up your digestive system and the lemon powers up your metabolism. Both systems extremely important to energy levels in the morning. After you do this, feel free to indulge in your favorite morning beverage.
3. 20 Minute Tech Break
When you wake up, give yourself 20 minutes of down time before you pick up your phone or check your emails. If you are waking up earlier, you would still be checking your devices around the same time (maybe even earlier). The difference is this way you are allowing your mind time to adjust to its natural waking state (reality) before bombarding it with social media and pressing emails (a perceived reality). My suggestion is to start the day off as YOU not as the perfect social media or corporate version of you.
During this time you can pick out what you are going to wear, do some yoga, sit down and eat a slow breakfast or spend a little bit more time with your family (or dogs in my case). Your body and your heart will appreciate it.
You Can Do It!
Okay Yogis that is it! I promised I would make this routine achievable and I meant it. Start off with these practices for a few weeks and then evaluate your morning again. If something is not working for you, consider how you can adapt it. If you are feeling better than before, stick with it and consider in what other ways you can carve out time for yourself. I promise you can do it!
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