Every day you wake up and have the ability to make the day a truly amazing day. Sometimes we get lost in the routine and we forget that time is all we have. Why are we always rushing?
- Rushing to get out of bed
- Rushing to get ready in the morning
- Rushing to make our coffee
- Rushing to leave the house
- Rushing to work
- Rushing for work to be finished
- Rushing home to make dinner
- Rushing to finish dinner
Instead of always rushing, let’s change the routine. If we focus on doing these five things below, we will begin to enjoy every day and what it has to offer instead of rushing home to bed to do it all again tomorrow.
R E L A X
We have time.
Let’s quit rushing. Let’s pay attention to the seconds that are ticking, the precious first minutes of the day when your eyes flutter open, ready for the unknown of the next 24 hours.
Let’s pay attention to what we’re eating and drinking. We don’t pay attention enough anymore. Rolls your shoulders back, shake out your hands and legs. Roll your neck from side to side. Stop being so tense and let go. Relax your face. Relax your mind.
E A T
Pay attention to what you’re putting into your body. Breakfast is important and so is water. Are you drinking enough throughout the day? When was the last time you actually tasted your food?
When the day is nearing the end, have you eaten any vegetables or greens? While you may be reaching for the chips, try to eat a proper meal before the snacks.
Filling our bodies with junk, artificial sugars or foods that don’t agree with your body will only slow you down. We don’t want to be sluggish. It all comes back to what we put into our body to fuel our mind and soul.
It’s important to eat healthy, but don’t beat yourself up if you have the chips here and there. Try to create a health relationship with your food.
S L O W D O W N
Take a bite and taste your food. Do nothing but eat. Turn your phone over. Turn your tv off. Get out of your car. Enjoy your meal. We eat to nourish our body, but let’s nourish our soul too.
Other than slowing down when you’re eating, slow down when you wake up. Don’t rush to turn off your alarm and jump out of bed. Slow down, spend some time stretching your body in the morning. Slowly get out of bed and begin your morning routine.
Slow down your moments throughout the day. Enjoy each and every minute. Enjoy when the water hits your face in the shower. Enjoy your first sip of coffee. Enjoy the first breath of fresh air when you leave your home. Enjoy the sun, the rain or the snow. Enjoy it all.
B R E A T H E
The average adult, when resting, will inhale and exhale about seven or eight litres of air per minute. In one day, that totals to 11,000 litres of air.
We breathe a lot, but when was the last time you closed your eyes and felt your chest rise and fall?
I’ve been going to morning yoga classes lately and it’s been really eye opening to lay in silence, with my eyes closed, simply paying attention to my breath and the way it comes in and out of our bodies, filling us up with everything we need to go on.
Take a second today and pay attention. In through the nose, out through the mouth. Listen to the sound of the ocean that you can make by simply breathing.
S T O P
While we need to slow down, relax and breathe, let’s stop for a second.
Take off your shoes, ground your feet and stop. Do nothing for one minute. Remember that it’s okay to stop throughout the day to refocus our intentions. We need to set daily intentions, but what happens when it’s noon and we’ve forgotten all of them?
We stop and we refocus our minds.
If you’re able to do any or all of these five things, you will begin to see a shift in how you’re feeling throughout the day. When you lay in bed at the end of the night, the day won’t seem like such a blur. You’ll be able to remember all of these small moments that brought you simple joy.
- a feeling of great pleasure and happiness.