Creatures of Habit

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From your mindset to your actions, everything is interconnected. So take one thing you want to change or transform in your life. It doesn’t have to be “big”. In reality, we get overwhelmed by “big”, so start small. But can implementing a small habit each day really make a difference? Ever take on more tasks than you can hold in your head and then feel paralyzed? You get nothing done! It happens to all of us. You’re not alone. Of course you want to set goals for yourself, but to actually execute a plan you have to take a look at all the pieces that make it up. A building is built one brick at a time. For those of us who can’t seem to shut off the main muscle upstairs, this skill is key to success, if not just our sanity.

Sooo how do we do this? Keep an open mind, but stay disciplined. Even if your schedule isn’t the most consistent, you can still create habits no matter where or what you are doing. Daily habits to start and end your day are key.

1-    Mindset is everything

-      This habit literally takes one minute…you can reflect for longer, but if you only have one minute to spare this is the habit for you.

-       Morning intentionGet a journal or a calendar and write down your intention for your day. Close your eyes and take a couple deep breaths and either repeat your intention to yourself or write it down. There is a shift in energy when you do this. Don’t believe me? Try it for a month and notate your experience.

-       Nightly gratitude: Underneath your morning intention write down something you are grateful for from that day. Again take a couple deep breaths and reflect. Can’t think of anything? Thank the most necessary aspects of your life, such as your breath.

2-    Mindfulness

-       Seated meditation isn’t for everyone, but being mindful is necessary to get the most out of life

-       Presence: Take an activity that you normally do everyday and become completely present with what you are doing. For instance, as you take a shower feel the water coming down on your shoulders. Notice the temperature of the water as it lands on your skin. Start to observe everything falling away in that moment because you are completely present with your current activity.

-       Set a timer to breath throughout your day. There are all sorts of apps out there that you can set for yourself. It’s a great little reminder to be present.

3-    Move

-       Movement is so important for clearing and strengthening our bodies. The more we can release tension in the body, the more we can find peace in our minds. Even strength-based exercises are important because they allow us to create a resilient body and mind.

-       Find what types of movement resonate with you. The type of movement may vary from day to day or week to week.

-       Honor your body: Find a balance between challenge and rest.

4-    Self Care

-       Shed your day: Throughout our day, we collect residue from the world around us. Yes it may actually be dirt from being outside, but beyond that we also collect tension from a heavy workload, an argument with a co-worker, or the person who cut us off during a traffic jam.

-       Find one thing each day to bring you back to balance and to shed all the “stuff” you collected. This may be a warm bath, watching a tv show, or going for a walk. Whatever it is for you, do it! It will actually make the rest of your day and/or week more productive because you will be able to perform from a place of higher quality.

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Remember consistency is key to habit making…carry on ya’ll creatures of habit!

Stay healthy and mindful!

Namaste,

Sarah