How to generate more energy to get more done
With over 16 years marketing and communications experience many spent as the owner of a family business and mother to boot, my work-hard, play-hard lifestyle eventually took its toll: burnout at 36. I knew I had to turn my life around. And I did. I then launched my career as an Inner Power Mentor.
For a long time I struggled to stick to my spiritual practices, even though I loved how they made me feel. One time I was teaching a Kundalini yoga class when a student asked me the question, “Why is it so difficult to create, and stick to a morning routine?” And then I suddenly realised that I had heard this question many times, asked in many different ways over the years. We come up with all types of blocks to starting our day the way we know we should. Some of the things we tell ourselves are, I’m not a morning person, I deserve to sleep in, and I’m not feeling well today. Sound familiar?
In my own experience I have found that although many challenges might come up to stop you from living the life you’ve always wanted, as you overcome each one you begin to build your willpower, confidence, and ability to become more focused. And this is no small task. Creating a morning routine is the easy part but sticking to one is a practice of self-discipline.
A regular morning routine makes me feel more creative, focused, and my day flows without effort. But it’s not always perfect and that’s OK. When I miss a day, I just start again the next morning, but when I do skip I try to make quiet time for myself during the course of my workday.
I begin each day knowing that I am fully supported by the energy of the Universe, this makes me feel more confident and I bounce back faster when things go wrong. I wake up, do yoga, pray for guidance, and meditate. I get lunches packed, the kids ready for school and take a cold shower, before getting dressed, having breakfast and heading to the office or out to teach a yoga class.
I can tell you from firsthand experience that committing to a morning routine will completely transform the way you show up for yourself. Below I’ve outlined four simple ways to create a morning routine you’ll love, and generate more energy to get more done.
1. Just Begin.
The only way to change your current morning routine is to start creating new habits. The only way to create new habits is to actually start doing it. Not at the beginning of next week, next month, or next year, but now. Decide on 3 simple activities that make you feel more centered and connected to your soul. Reading, writing, meditation, and yoga will all create the types of positive changes you are looking for.
2. Do it for 40 days.
According to yogic teaching it takes 40 days to change a habit, and 90 days to confirm that habit. Give yourself 40 days to make sure you set yourself up for success. If you skip a day, begin again at day 1. Make a challenge out of it and remember to have fun. Your subconscious, which directs about 60 percent of your activities and responses by habit, has to get the message. By turning to your practice repeatedly day by day, choice by choice, the effects will start to seep into the deeper parts of your mind.
3. Know your why.
Make a short list of all the reasons you want to create a new routine for yourself. Maybe it’s to gather your thoughts and become more centered. Maybe you want to incorporate exercise in your morning routine to make sure you actually get to it before you are exhausted at the end of your day. Then list all the benefits you will receive by starting these new actions. This will help you during times when you don’t feel like it, and believe me, those times will definitely come.
5. Keep it simple.
When you first start just keep your routine simple. Start by waking up 30 min earlier than usual. Drink a glass of warm water with lemon. Sit quietly for 5 minutes and then begin whichever activity you have chosen to engage in for the morning. If meditating for 30 minutes every morning feels impossible, start by committing to just three minutes instead. In just 3 minutes you can have an effect on your blood circulation and chemistry.
Making changes in our lives isn’t always easy, but it is possible. Remember to speak to yourself in a loving and compassionate way. Be patient. Working up to creating lasting change is part of the process and putting strategies in place to stick to your commitment will make it easier to achieve.
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