Hello SOTGC community,
Guess what this post is about? That’s right…about routines, like habits, can be good for you, or they can keep you stuck in patterns of behavior that do not serve your wellbeing. Some of our routines feed us in a nourishing way, while others can keep us in a rut, most of the time without our awareness. And breaking those routines can teach you a lot about which side of that fence you are on, and also about the concept of dependence.
My daily routine starts off the same every morning – I get up, use the ladies room, and then I sit down to meditate. Meditating first thing in the morning allows me to start my day with calming energy, and sends me out to face the day in a balanced state.
But what happens on the days when I fall out of my routine, and let my meditation slip? Well, last week the outcome was not so good. I felt very rushed one morning, and my husband was making quite a bit of noise in the other room (ugh), so I skipped my morning meditation, and it left me completely flustered. This of course was a testament to the benefits of meditation. Note to self…morning meditation = Balanced and Happy Christie.
On the flip side, here are some routine ruts that I have been trying to kick:
- Turning on my computer (post meditation of course), and spending far too long reading every email in my inbox. I subscribe to a lot of email newsletters, so I often easily fritter away a lot of time instead of getting my top projects done.
- Going to the same restaurants. I do this because it is easy, and they are healthy, but there are so many new places and new experiences that I am missing out on as a result.
- Waiting until all of my work is done to get in my exercise (even when my workout is scheduled). The reality is that there is always more work to do, so it is important that I resist the urge to get caught up in the busy hamster wheel of work, and actually start to get on a different kind of wheel (the treadmill) that will work my body and not just my brain. [Full disclosure – I planned on leaving for the gym before starting this article, and here I am at my computer…clearly I have not kicked this one yet]
We do a lot of things every day without even thinking about them…we tend to run on autopilot, mindless about the effects of our routines. We have become so habitual with some of our behaviors that we neglect to really pay attention to whether they are good for us or not, or even if we are truly enjoying them. I encourage you all to start to pay attention to your patterns, and see if you can make some small changes that might bring you better health, more time, or more importantly, more enjoyment out of life!
Do any of you feel like you are in a routine rut? If so, what are some of the routines you’d like to break? Need any suggestions on how to go about it? Have any helpful routines that you’d love to share? Feel free to comment below and join the conversation!
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