I once read that setting a routine is the best thing you could do to yourself. Taking good care of myself and setting a routine has been one of my priorities for the past few years. It comprises of various things I do throughout the day for my wellbeing. Starting from deep breathing, eating well, exercising daily and practicing gratitude, I have done so much for myself in the recent past. So today I decided to share my routine life when I am not travelling and I love it.
What waking up looks like for me?
The best part about waking up in my mornings now is I don’t need an alarm. My body is trained to go to bed and wake up at certain fixed times and I wake up to the daylight shining through my bedroom window at around 7 am. The first thing I do is hydrate with arm water since my body is dehydrated from not drinking water all night. I then get ready for my brief meditation by my glass doors when it’s cold out and outside in the deck in warmer months. I spent about 15-20 minutes on my mat just breathing deeply and trying to be in the present. Thoughts come and go while I don’t try to control them. I have also started to breathe deeply on my commute to work while everyone else is staring at their phones, I try to be in the present and be alive.
What my meals look like?
After my brief meditation, I spent about half hour aside to juice my vegetables, usually which is celery, carrots, cucumbers and lemon. Sometimes I try and mix up some beets, turmeric and ginger. Chia seeds and oatmeal soaked in almond milk topped with berries has been my breakfast for years together. I always change it up with different kinds of fruits. Packing a few things to eat throughout the day works for me as I like to eat in small portions all day. Baby carrots and grape tomatoes are my go to snack as well as a banana and apple to eat in between work. I love homemade lunches so I make sure I make my lunch either the morning of or the night before. I try to incorporate proteins with either lentils or eggs and always try to add veggies to my plate in one way or another. Lately my favorite dinner has been tomato soup with roasted vegetables, my fav being sweet potatoes. I really look forward to my dinners and could call it my best meal of the day. I also have one liter water bottles at home and work which help me keep a track of the amount of water I am drinking throughout the day which keeps me hydrated and full of energy throughout the day.
What exercising looks like for me?
Considering myself lucky to have the best yoga studio so close to my work would be an understatement. You would chuckle but sometimes my yoga class is my motivation to go to work. I have been going there for the past 5 years now and every day I love it more. It’s hard to describe how good it feels to do that shavasana in the perfectly cozy studio after all the hard work. It helps me think past all that did not fall into place that day and just be grateful. As soon as my class gets over the next thing to look forward is my dinner and gratitude journal both of which I enjoy very much. I also have started to incorporate to -do lists into my daily life which I think is such a powerful thing to do and helps achieve goals in a timely manner.
What my end of day holds?
Recently I have started to make my bed when I leave in the morning for work which makes my bed very loving and inviting when I go back home. Snuggling into my bed after dinner to write down three things I am grateful for in the day makes a perfect end to the day. It forces me to think about the good things that happened and fall asleep with a grateful heart. I have also started to apply fresh alovera from my indoor plant that has really helped me get rid of bumps and marks on my face. Drinking 2-3 ups of green tea through out the day is also a part of my routine now. After my nightly ritual of washing and moisturizing my face, I am ready for bed which is around 11 pm.
My self-care routine has not just helped me love myself more but also value life much more. It has enhanced the quality of my life by leaps and bounds. Please share what you do to take care of yourself, I would love to know what I am missing!