Hello Sweet Peas!
Welcome to day 8 of Blog a Day in May!
There is something about the springtime that makes people want to refresh and start again. I’ve been having these feelings myself and I knew I needed a change in my life, my day to day routine had become stale and borning. I no longer felt healthy or motivated.
I wasn’t necessarily looking for a spiritual solution but when I came across the Ayurveda quiz, but I figured it would be interesting to try out. I was surprised when this quiz managed to sum me up in two paragraphs.
Ayurveda is a set of practises and traditions that originate from India. They help to promote and maintain a healthy mind, body and spirit. Here are some of the Ayurveda practices I have been incorporating into my daily routine.
1. Early to bed, early to rise – I have a nasty habit of staying awake until the early hours of the morning and then finding it difficult to get my butt out of bed in the morning. Throw into the mix my other habit of sleepwalking…yeh, sleep and I have never had a good relationship. But after a few months of going to bed at ten, getting up in the morning has become a lot easier.
I start my nightly routine of winding down and getting ready for bed at around 9, I aim to be in bed at 10 whether that be asleep or listening to an audiobook. During the week I get up at 6 to get ready for work. On the weekend I have an alarm for 8 but I do generally get up before it goes off. I feel so much better in myself since I’ve been doing this. I’ve also been sleeping a lot better; I still wander around in my sleep from time to time, but all told I feel a lot more rested in the mornings.
2. Cold Water – This habit was so easy to incorporate, but it makes a big difference to my mornings. During the week, as soon as I get up I head to the bathroom to splash my face with cold water. Doing this washes away any remnants of sleep and wakes me up enough to get myself ready for work. On the weekends I take this a step further and start my day with an ice cold shower. I’m not going to lie, it isn’t pleasant but it gets the blood pumping and also helps boost your metabolism! Plus, I share a bathroom with my brother, he never checks the temperature before turning the shower on, it doesn’t feel like a weekend unless I hear my brother scream when the cold water hits him!
3. Water – Everyone always says we need to drink a lot of water to be healthy and it’s true but it’s a habit I’ve always struggled with. Since I was a baby I’ve never really registered when I’m thirsty (I was hospitalised as a kid because of it!). As an adult, I understood I needed to drink but I only really drank when I thought about it. To be honest, drinking more water became a habit recently because I was suffering from a kidney infection. Drinking my weight in water was one of the few ways to ease the pain. My kidneys are starting to recover now but the habit of drinking more water has become second nature.
Drinking plenty of water flushes out the toxins from your body and not only helps your body on the inside, it also improves your skin and hair quality too. I have to admit, my skin has been doing a lot better since I started drinking more water.
4. Apple Cider Vinegar – I think every beauty blogger and their mother has been raving about apple cider vinegar recently, but the benefits are worth raving about. ACV improves your metabolism, reduces bloating, detoxes your body, maintains cholesterol levels and even helps you maintain your body weight. As a woman with PCOS, I struggle with a lot of these things so it was a no-brainer to give this a go! The only negative is that it tastes nasty and you can’t drink it straight because it will burn your throat. I’ve taken to filling half a shot glass with ACV and the rest with apple juice and necking it back. My student days of hanging around in tequila bars are finally paying off!
5. Meditate – I don’t know if it’s normal or healthy but I’ve developed a rather handy skill of being able to split my thoughts. I can think about what I’m doing, conversations I’m having etc but all the while I’m also constantly working my creative mind either on my novel, blog posts or other projects. This comes in handy as a writer with a full-time day job. But actively thinking about multiple things at once is exhausting and every few months I will break. So, I started taking 10 minutes a day to meditate. I sit on my floor cushion, put some relaxing sounds on and hold my meditation beads to centre myself. And I sit for 10 minutes every day focusing on my breathing and allowing my mind 10 minutes to think of nothing. When I’ve finished I take another few minutes to remind myself of ‘My Why’. The reason behind my hard work, the thing I am working to accomplish. Doing this every day has really helped me keep my focus.
6. Yoga – Like meditation, my daily yoga routine gives me a chance to move and stretch my body after a long day sat at a computer. For me, its half an hour of self-care which I owe to my body after putting it through the strains of my daily life. Depending on how much time I have, I will either follow a tutorial on Youtube or sometimes I just stretch and experiment with my flexibility.
Those are some of the Ayurveda habits I have incorporated into my life. Have you taken the Ayurveda Quiz? What mind and body type are you? Let me know in the comments!
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Love Ay xx