Friday, 20 January 2017

LIFESTYLE: My Daily Meditation Routine


Ok, I'm not the type of person that can sit and chant 'aum' for hours at a time. In fact, I can almost struggle when I have to practice your stereotypical meditation. My mind wanders and I can sometimes just feel a bit bored - being honest! This does not mean I don't believe in meditation, because I do... a whole lot!


I think it's so important for you to find the type of meditation that suits you. It doesn't have to take long and you don't have to being dressed in anything special or sat on the top of a mountain either. You just have to take some time to do what works for you and you only.


I wanted to give some tips of how I meditate each day (or nearly every day). It may be completely rubbish to you, you might think 'what is this girl going on about?!?!', but it also might just help! If you're anything like me, you can probably find yourself quite busy during the day and then flop into bed and feel like you want to sleep straight away. If you can sleep as soon as your head hits the pillow I salute you, I on the other hand need a little time to wind down and finally get to sleep.

Here are my little routines I like to do it morning and night to help my mind calm and focus on what I want to get out of each day. It's almost like brain dumping onto a notepad so my head is clear, planned and centred on what I want.

MORNING ROUTINE


I like to wake up early, yes I am an early bird I'm afraid. I like to wake up really early though, as in my first alarm goes off around an hour before I need to wake up. Then 30 minutes before and then 15 minutes before. This allows me wake up and nod off again and then gradually wake up. The final 15 minutes before the time I need to wake, I spend some time with my mind. I lay on my back and start thinking about my day. What am I doing today and what is my plan. How do I want the day to go and all the good things that can happen. I focus on these especially. This only takes me a few minutes (I only have around 15 minutes don;t forget!).


Then I focus on around 5 - 10 minutes of daydreaming. Where do I see myself and my business in a few years. What do I dream about? I try and think about it in detail, what will it look like, what am I doing and try and live that life for a few mins to get me in the right mindset.

Finally, I think of 5 things that I am grateful for. They can be big things like my amazing home, business, family etc or something more simple like my cosy duvet or food in my fridge. Whatever it is, be grateful and feel it right down into our tummy. There's no better feeling than gratitude!

EVENING ROUTINE

When I get into bed at night, I try and focus on all the good things that happened that day and list at least 3 of them.

I try and have a rule with my mobile that when the lights are out then my phone is away. I know some people put their phone on airplane mode as soon as they get home, but I don't always like to do this. I have it on 'do not disturb' mode after 10pm and so it does not wake me if I get a text/call. That way, if anybody needs me of importance, I know it will still ring for them.

I then work on slowing my breath down and calming my mind. I try and breathe in for the count of 4 and breathe out for the count of 6.I practice this in my yoga classes and it really helps to calm my mind and chill me out. Thanks Adele! You're the best :)

Finally, if I'm really struggling to sleep, I will put on a yoga nidra. This really chills me out and I'm usually asleep within 10 minutes of putting it on. They say it is yoga sleep and can actually be the equivalent of a few hours sleep. All I know is it makes me more relaxed than anything, you really should try it if you ever struggle to sleep. Just google yoga nidra and I'm sure a million will pop up!

I hope you've enjoyed this post, something a little different than the usual food!

Thanks so much for reading,

Big love,


Em x
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