During August I tried something new. Instead of setting the alarm for 5:00 AM and jumping on the treadmill right away, I set the alarm for 5:30 and eased my way into a new morning routine.
I spent my first five minutes awake writing in a journal, capturing any dreams remembered or any thoughts already running through my mind. Then I went through a guided meditation using one of my mindfulness apps. While I have wanted to do that more often, I usually felt too rushed in the morning to dedicate a full 5 minutes (or longer!) to a practice. But with my new routine, I had the time built-in. I also had time to try some other mindfulness practices from the “box of mindfulness” a friend gifted me when I first chose my word for this year.
Ways I benefit from this new routine:
- My morning is calmer as I ease into the day
- My body aches and pains have time to rest and heal
- I feel more centered and less stressed out in the morning
- Meditation is getting easier
Things still on my mind as I decide how my routine will evolve next:
- Without my morning treadmill time, I’m not reaching my daily step goals
- I have a hard time motivating myself to workout after work
- Building in time for daily reflection and meditation is important to me
August also brought me a break from blogging as I participated in the annual August Break, created by Susannah Conway. I loved taking a picture a day (posting on Instagram) and reflecting on the daily word prompt. I missed blogging, but I appreciated an entire month dedicated to being more mindful everywhere. Mindfulness has become more of a habit as this year progresses!
- Do you have a focus word for this year?
- If so, how has it helped you?
- If not, might you consider one for this year or plan ahead for next year?
Acceptance… thinking about acceptance has helped me to remain calm and content, instead of always expecting something different. Living in the present moment and looking at the Big Picture also helps me to manage my anxiety better. Instead of giving too much attention to temporary things, I rather pay more attention to what is most important: family and peace on earth. I have also tried to do meditation while I can.
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