I start most days with stillness and meditation, this is done without phones on or even in my vision.
I feel the screen strain as soon as I look at the phone or TV. These devices really have the power to suck our energy if we let them. I take the first 20 minutes of my day to mediate, say my affirmations and take a moment to just pause, stop and listen. Listen to my breath and listen to another precious morning.
Every day I walk my dog Shazza sometimes with friends, if not I love to walk along the beach listening to something motivating. I love tuning into my favourite podcasts. If you saw me, I’m normally laughing or smiling to myself just because I feel so happy. My happy hormones are bouncing along inside me.
5 out of 7 days I read in the sunshine whilst having a coffee. Everyone at my local café is aware that I will show up about 1.30pm, most days with a book, a pen in my hand and my journal.
I sit outside when the weather allows me and just drift off into my quiet time. I forget where I am. It's like I sit and go on a magic carpet ride.
After reading for about 45 minutes, I then take 15 minutes to write and reflect in my gratitude journal. Writing out a few things every day that I can be grateful for that have happened in my day thus far.
It might be the book I am reading, the conversation I just had with someone, the sleep the night before, my yoga class or students. I just again take a few minutes to stop, pause and reflect on the magic in my day.
This habit is incredible. It has the ability to shift our mood instantaneously. It is one way to increase how you feel, so quickly. Gratitude is one of the best anecdotes for happiness.
I jump in the ocean most days throughout the year after I have taught my morning yoga class.
This gives me the most incredible sense of feeling alive and just so much gratitude. Every day throughout winter I get so nervous and a huge amount of fear comes over me.
I have to continually remind myself that it's just water, so I quickly count myself down, run along the sand and jump in. I throw my hands up in the air and say thank you.
The fresh cold water and being with nature just grounds. It's the most remarkable feeling and never gets boring.
Sleep in recent years has become a huge part of my self-care ritual. Earlier in my life I definitely didn’t value sleep and I had the attitude that, ‘I could sleep when I’m dead.’ I felt it was such a waste of my time.
Thankfully, I read a few books on the science and importance of sleep that I decided to shift my mindset and make it a priority to get 8 hours a night.
I invested in making my sleep more efficient by getting black out curtains helping to make my room pitch black and got myself an awesome eye mask. Wow what a transformation!
I noticed such a difference in my attitude towards life.
I became so much more productive, happy, and had an incredible increase in energy. Sleep has helped me become a better, kind, more compassionate, patient human being.