When you get ready for your day are you preoccupied with a million thoughts, planning, worrying, or being otherwise distracted?
Have you ever driven home and realize you don’t remember actually driving home because your head was somewhere else? (Please don’t do this!)
Are you going through the motions of your life without a clear connection to what you’re feeling and what you want?
What if instead of distracted, scattered, and going through the motions, you could feel more present and focused and aligned with yourself every single day?
And what if being more of who you want to be every day was simply a matter of practicing consistently in small ways to do just that? Good news, it is and I’m going to tell you how.
Welcome to Simple Yoga Life, a weekly show about making the wisdom and practices of yoga part of your life so that you can be more present, calm, and confident every single day. I’m your host, Stephannie Weikert. I’m a Certified Yoga Therapist and creator of the online programs Shift Happens with Yoga + Make Peace with Stress. I’m on a mission help you make big, positive changes in your life in small, surprisingly simple steps.
The way to be more of who you want to be every single day with ease is to use your existing routines to practice being present, focused and aligned with yourself.
Your existing routines are a potent time for this because, in addition to doing them every day, you tend to your daily routines on automatic pilot, you don’t have to think about them.
Like when you’re getting ready for your day, you don’t have to determine what you need to do first and next, you don’t need a checklist or any reminders to know to shower and get dressed anything else that’s part of your routine.
And when you drive you don’t have to be on hyper-alert to get the steering or pressure on the gas just right or remember the turn signals.
There are many parts of your routine you do on autopilot and the benefit of these times in your day when you don’t necessarily have to be fully focused on what you’re doing is mental space.
But this is also the very reason why being on autopilot can have you feeling completely disconnected from yourself and your life.
Because you go through your routines habitually, without needing to think or focus, your mind is free to wander and I probably don’t need to tell you that having a habitually wandering mind is not enjoyable and can even be distressing.
It’s true, a study conducted at Harvard University found that we think about what is not happening almost as often as we think about what is and that thinking about what’s not happening typically makes us unhappy.
I’m willing to bet that when you’re carrying out your daily routines, you are not thinking about what is happening.
If you go through your routines every day automatically thinking about something else: planning, worrying, or being otherwise distracted, you’re consistently sowing the seeds of dissatisfaction in your life.
Every single day.
And after years of doing this, you may not even recognize or feel like yourself, much less have a sense of being able to be who you want to be.
But instead of letting your mind wander you can reclaim your daily routines and use these consistent times every day where you don’t need to think about or focus on what you’re doing, to reconnect with yourself so that you can be more of who you want to be.
When you shift your existing routines from automatic pilot to intentionally being present to what is happening and focusing your mind on yourself and how you want to feel and be, your daily routines become a potent practice for changing your life.
Your daily routines become rituals for self-awareness, self-care, and deepening self-connection.
So here are 7 simple ways to use your existing routines to practice being more of who you want to be every day:
- When you brush your teeth repeat a simple mantra in your mind like, “I am [insert a quality you’d like to experience more of every day like calm, or abundant or grateful].”
- As you get dressed, choose what to wear based on how it makes you feel and intentionally think about what it does for you and what attitude it evokes for you.
- Any time you’re waiting—in a line, at the grocery store, for an elevator, for a slow web page to load, ask yourself “How am I feeling right now?’ And really listen.
- Before interacting with your spouse, children, colleague, or even a stranger, make a conscious decision about what type of person you’d like to be for them.
- When you sit down to eat, pause and acknowledge what the food is going to do for you and how you want to feel while you’re eating and when you’re done with your meal.
- Use household chores to focus on creating or nurturing your space as a reflection of you, in a way that makes you grateful and proud to be there.
- When you go to bed, think about a moment when you didn’t act, feel or show up the way you intended and explore, without blame or judgment, what you will do differently.
These may seem simple (and they are!) but don’t underestimate the power of consistency.
Even seemingly small practices can affect big changes when you make them a part of your daily routine.
The key to truly being more of who you want to be every day is to practice doing just that every single day, so choose ONE of these 7 practices and make it part of your routine until it happens on automatic pilot.
If you need some guidance + support in making a simple practice of being more of who you want to be an everyday part of your routine, book a free mini-session with me.
You can schedule a 20-minute call here. There’s no pitch or obligation, I really do simply want to help.
So thank you for watching this episode Simple Yoga Life, I hope I’ve inspired you to begin making simple yoga part of your routine.
Let me know in the comments below what part of your daily routine has the most potential for becoming a self-care ritual by finishing the sentence: I am most on autopilot when I ___ .
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