I'm not a professional house cleaner . . . I don't need to keep my house in a perfect state of harmony to be content and at ease.
I decided to keep it super simple this year, let go of expectations and stop unnecessarily placing myself under the harsh microscope of my own scrutiny.
Here are a few of my "IDEAS" that I did decided to strive for :
No iPhone time 30 minutes before bed
No iphone within 30 minutes of waking up (Try not to look until after breakfast)
Read the daily entry from my 365 yoga book
After reading, sit in silence and mediate (seated in bed) while rubbing my belly and doing some Pranayama breathing exercises
Do some light morning stretches in or on the edge of the bed (neck, shoulders, upper back, sometimes hips)
_ That's it _
Not going on the iphone before bed is excellent because your brain isn't bombarded by blue light which prevents melatonin from kicking in and allowing you to feel tired. Not going on the iphone in the first 30 minutes of my day helps me to feel more clear headed and goal orientated. When I would wake up and go through the checklist of imessages --> Email --> Instagram, I was usually arriving at breakfast wondering why I hadn't already climbed some amazing mountain, why I didn't have the perfect Scandinavian home, why I didn't have 3 perfectly groomed, gorgeous children and why on earth did I only have a plain-jane breakfast that wasn't even pretty enough to take a photo of. . . Yuck.
Am I right though? Can anyone else relate to this?
Waking up and having this new routine has made a world of difference the last month. By the time I have woken up, done my routine and had breakfast, I'm ready to read the news and address the little red bubbles calling for attention. I dictate the what, when and how. Some mornings that means not even going on Instagram, other times that means reading a iMessage, but not feeling the pressure to respond immediately while I nurse a green tea and take a moment to mentally prepare for the day ahead.
I hope that your 2017 is off to an excellent start and that you're happy, healthy and striving to the best you can be (without killing yourself in the process).
Yo, I'm Erica
I'm Erica: a globe trotting Pinterest addict, sushi enthusiast, craft beer drinker, yogini, wife and mum.... not in that order.