It’s a cozy Monday morning in front of our charming wood stove. This weekend has been great – restorative and rejuvenating. I’ve gotten some writing done – gone for a run and a bike ride – completed several yoga sessions – done some reading. I love my weekends; they help me to feel rested and ready for the work week.
Unfortunately, lately, I am exhausted and cranky by mid-week.
This week, I’m going to be mindful of the energy I have at the beginning of the week and do my best to keep myself healthy and happy as the week progresses.
My pitfalls include: not drinking enough water, drinking waaaaay too much caffeine, coming home and crashing and watching too much TV, working too many hours, and binging on candy or unhealthy foods. Yuck.
I am excited to start off my week with a sense of intention and mindfulness. Today I work up early to do some yoga and some writing.
I love yoga, but I can only do it in twenty-minute increments. Luckily, I found a free video podcast called 20 Minute Yoga Sessions from yogadownload.com – which is PERFECT.
Today I was struggling to achieve Half-Moon Pose – one foot on the floor, one hand on my yoga block, the other leg and hand in the air. (That’s a terrible description; see below for a visual!)
As if she could see me struggling, the yoga instructor said this: “The best way to find your balance is to lose your balance.”
I keep losing my balance lately – almost every week, in fact. But when I become aware that I’m losing my balance, it’s a reminder to met to reset – to take a breath and regain my poise.
These are my strategies for regaining my balance:
-Make time for exercise – no matter what.
-Eat healthy meals. (STOP EATING CANDY AND SWEETS.)
-Be present in the now – do one thing at a time.
-Take at least one meditation break per day. You need to train your mind in self-love and acceptance.
-Slow down and breathe easy. You’re doing the best you can.