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I had visitors over the weekend from Toronto which was great, but of course threw off my regular schedule of sleep, exercise, healthy eating and of course my now regular yoga and mediation routine. Yesterday was my first day back in my little routine and I was just soooo happy to have my lifestyle back in balance!
It’s amazing how easily our bodies adapt to new lifestyle habits…be they good or bad. They say it takes 3 weeks to make a habit, whether it’s a 3pm sweet indulgence or a 4 day per week gym visit. That’s just 21 days to implement a new cycle of anything! My body is definitely used to (and expects) ample time to stretch and breath now (and I’m much happier for it).
Are you thinking about changing anything in your life? Perhaps you have an old habit you’d like to replace with something else… (fresh fruit instead of snickers bars? Real veg with every evening meal?) Here are some pointers to help you on that path that seemed to help me create my daily habit of mediation and yoga.
1. Know yourself – know what your weaknesses are (in this case mine is a short attention span, so I don’t expect an hour or more of yoga per day from myself…and I never will)
2. Replace old habits with new ones – its easier to replace a habit then just to leave an empty space where a habit once was. (I took some of the time I devoted to running and cycling to doing yoga and mediation – I was already dedicating at least an hour a day to exercise so I just tweaked what I was doing rather than putting more commitments on myself)
3. Make it easy to succeed – Sleep in your morning running gear, pre-program the coffee maker, leave your yoga mat out in your living room, find a yummy hot drink alternative to coffee… whatever your goal is, give it “in your face” priority so that you can’t overlook it.
4. Change how you think about yourself – if you smoke, gravitate toward unhealthy food, drink to excess or anything else that it considered clearly destructive, it would be safe to say that you don’t value your health that greatly. Give some serious thought as to why you’re not treating yourself better. Don’t you deserve a healthy lifestyle? Personally I knew I needed to slow down and become more introspective, because I wanted (and I’m entitled to) an authentic, happy life.
5. Don’t let a set back ever be more than just that – you may falter, you may have moments of weakness, and sometimes you may not have a choice for healthier alternatives. The key here is not to consider a set back as a total failure. I went 5 days straight this past week without yoga, meditation or posting to my blog (sorry!) but I had other short term priorities to deal with. Now that life is back to normal, so are my daily habits. Thank Gawd for that!
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