Changing your daily routine can be a great way to initiate long-term change in your life. Although it takes conscious effort at first, if you continue to practice these rituals daily, they will soon become habit.
Whether you need a break from your fast-paced lifestyle or are just looking to become a more conscious and present person, here are some ideas for where to start:
1. Waking early
Early mornings are wonderful and peaceful times, especially if you wake when the rest of the world is still asleep.
By rising early, you won't have to stress about being late or not having enough time to get ready, and you'll feel much more relaxed and prepared for your day.
This is a great time to meditate, read, or set goals for yourself.
2. Eating a full, healthy breakfast
Try switching those Frosted Flakes and Pop Tarts for some organic scrambled eggs and whole grain toast or a vitamin-rich power smoothie to give you a kick start to your day. A nutrient-loaded breakfast will give you more energy and make you feel more vitalized.
3. Going for a morning walk or run
There's no better time to take a stroll around the neighborhood than in the quiet morning hours. The temperature is cooler, there are fewer cars and people on the streets, and you get your exercise in before you start the rest of your day. Say goodbye to sweaty treadmills at the gym.
4. Practicing mindful breathing
Breathing is the simplest and most powerful way to control your body. Use the method of square breathing — eight seconds inhale, eight seconds hold, eight seconds exhale, eight seconds hold — to slow your heart rate, calm your nerves, and clarify your mind.
5. Finding something to be thankful for every day
Practicing conscious gratitude allows us to appreciate our lives for what we do have, rather than thinking negatively about the things we don't have. Learn to recognize the small things that bring you joy.
6. Giving genuine compliments
A well-placed compliment can completely brighten someone's day. People notice when you genuinely take an interest. By making someone else happy, you are spreading the joy to everyone around, including yourself.
7. Spending time alone to rewind
After a being immersed in our job, our families, and our responsibilities, it's important to take some time for ourselves to relax. This can be a good time to reflect on the day or practice mindful breathing. The important thing is paying attention to yourself, to your physical and emotional state.
8. Keeping a journal
Writing our thoughts down on paper can be a great form of therapy. Sometimes we don't realize how much we have to say until there's a pen in our hands. A journal is also a way to track your own self-development, so you can look back and see how much progress you've made.
9. Unplugging when you're in the company of others
We're constantly surrounded by technology, and it seems like everyone is always connected to something. By taking a break from your phone and your social media when you're with other people, you show them that they have your full attention and that you are listening openly. This way they come to trust you as someone who values their opinions.
10. Getting a full night's rest
At the end of a long day, the best way to refresh yourself is to get a good night's sleep, or about eight hours. This way you'll wake up fully rested, healed, and ready to take on the next day's adventure.