STEP 1. CONNECT
When you wake up in the morning, take a few moments while you are lying in bed to connect with your feelings. How do you feel today? Are you tired? Anxious? Sad? Energized?
By taking a moment to check your feelings it will help you to look after those bits of yourself that might need some extra care today.
If you are tired you may need to take it easy + be more gentle with yourself.
If you are stressed you may need to talk to your parent, carer or teacher about how you are feeling for some guidance or support. It may also be a signal for you to do some breathing exercises to calm you down.
And if you’re brimming with energy you could use today to be more physically active / to knuckle down and make further inroads on your assignments and/or make some time in your schedule to help others, knowing you have spare energy to give.
Making this connection between your heart and mind a part of your day, will give you the opportunity to acknowledge whatever your feelings are + set the direction for your day's success based on where you're at.
STEP 2. CLEANSE
Next: Drink a glass of filtered room temperature water first thing!
Ayurveda recommends having water on an empty stomach to flush out toxins from your body, clearing your skin and better setting you up for maximum nutrient absorption.
Read: more energy to go do your thing...
The body absorbs warm water more easily than cold water. Twice as fast in fact. Why is this important? Because it supports healthy digestion + when your digestion is healthy it means your body can distribute high quantities of nutrients from your food all around your body to your organs, cells + blood to keep you healthy. Ideally make sure your water is filtered to keep out any nasties.
STEP 3. MOVE
Throw on your favourite song and add a dance to get in the right mood or get outside and move your body in the fresh air and early sunlight if you prefer. It’s all endorphin promoting activity that’ll lift your mood, your heart rate and circulation.
Want to feel centred to start the day too? Look out for my yoga challenges in the next ZINE issue…
Summary take out for those at the back:
Ayurveda. Oldest wellness philosophy in the world. Caters to Body, Heart + Mind. Involves simple daily practices that can boost your wellness and add MORE JOY! But only work if you’re consistent. Invest in them like the good friends they are. On the daily 👊