Our fast pace of life, work, duties and social pressure stress us all out and kill our energy. We often think we are doomed to such an existence because we cannot eliminate most of the things we have to do. What we can do, however, is to introduce certain practices into our daily rhythm which enable us to safeguard and renew our energy and vitality of life. So, what is worth doing?
Morning battery charging
Morning is the most difficult moment during the day for most people, when they are busy preparing to leave home before working throughout the day. Many of us does not realise quite how important this time is. How we welcome a new day can impact its course, its energy, vitality, and also our susceptibility to stress. A morning ritual can have a major impact on one’s private and professional life. This is why it is so important to start the day well. There is no avoiding the fact that this requires commitment and early rising, but the effects will be more than pay back for the alarm clock set at 6 am.
Right after waking up it is good to let the sun light and fresh air in. Then you have to cleanse the body from toxins, which can be a source of feeling bad, lack of resistance and can lead to many diseases. Warm water with lemon will play this role very well, as well as rinsing your mouth with coco oil. This is how we get rid of harmful bacteria. Oil among other things also has an impact on the level of hormones, headaches or difficulties in going to sleep. It is worth meeting the day with morning mediation. Ideally, this will be a 15 minute Vipassana meditation, which is a method of self-transformation though self-observation and it will allow removal of all the disruptions and contaminations of the mind and achieve balance.
The next step is bodywork. One has to perform a self-massage, i.e. a set of exercises which consist in stretching and unwinding the body. One can also reach for the Hatha Yoga set of exercises or “5 Tibetans”, i.e. Tibetan rituals - simple exercises which when done regularly improve the general state of health as well as rejuvenating the body. Later there is time for breathing exercises. Deep, quick breathes through the mouth for a quarter of an hour will energise the body and prepare it for your daily duties. One cannot forget about “The Mental Part", which is working with one’s mind, emotions and sensations. The high level of energy in the body after the earlier exercises allows one to enter into a state of gratitude for all the gifts that come over us: family, work, health and prosperity.
Rhythm of the day and how to take care of our vitality
According to Ayurveda, the Hindu art of healthy living, the course of our day has a great impact on our physical, spiritual and emotional health. This is why it is so important not only to change habits in the morning, but also during the day. Appropriate behaviours will allow us to maintain high energy and vitality. Many recommendations can come out of what seems obvious to us, but it turns out that despite our awareness, we do not apply them or we do not have complete knowledge. What should we then remember to do?
We all know that we need to drink an appropriate quantity of water. Usually we hear about 2 litres per day, but it is more beneficial to drink 3-4 litres a day. It is also worth having a closer look at the water we drink and reach for highly alkalised good quality and 7.5-9 pH. During the day one should find time for movement, at least 1 hour. It can be walking, riding a bike, swimming, running or yoga. What is important is that it is any physical activity, if we only remember that movement should be a pleasure, and not a sad duty. It is really important what and how we eat. High energy levels during the day allow us to maintain regular meals (e.g. at 6:00, 12:00 and 18:00) without snacking in-between. It is important to eat without hurry - one has to find time for meals eaten in calm and gratitude. Supplementation and superfoods such as e.g. Spirulina, maca, coca, chia or kurkuma are important.
During the day we should attend to our breathing. We often unconsciously block our breathing and make it shallow and irregular. In such a case, we keep breathing, but the amount of oxygen which we supply is only sufficient to maintain basic life functions. If we want to live a life full of passion, vitality and energy, we should study appropriate breathing habits. At the beginning, one could check the technique of “OBSERVATION". You need to stop for a moment several times during the day, sit down, close your eyes and for 5 minutes observe your in-breaths and out-breaths, releasing your belly and breathing with your diaphragm, to feel how the breathing massages the belly. This is a great method which enables one to be more conscious of one’s breathing and observe when we unnecessarily withhold it, which in turn helps us enter the Tetha state, i.e. a state of deeper awareness and meditation.
Take care of your healthy sleep
Our rest and regeneration are key determinants of how we feel during the day. They are every important in our life. Deep sleep regenerates our body. One has to prepare for good sleep. One hour before going to sleep it is good to switch off the computer, the phone and the tv set. It is best when the room where we sleep is only used for sleeping and is a temple of the night. We certainly have to feel well there. The room should be aired, cosy and clean. It is worth committing time before sleep for meditation to calm the mind and the body. It can be helpful to use the technique of “OBSERVATION” of the breath, which will enable activation of the parasympathetic nervous system leading it into a state of calm and relaxation.
The quality of our sleep is also impacted by the way we have spent our day: if we found time for movement, what we ate and if we spent time mediating or if our breathing was conscious. This is why we cannot divide sleep from what we do during the day. These aspects need to be considered together as they are mutually connected.
Introducing the above suggestions regarding sleep, morning and course of the day into your daily life will bring benefits in the form of physical, spiritual and emotional health. The first results can already be seen after 7 days and a methodical approach will bring great benefits. Some habits will change our attitude to life, Kilka, give us the energy to take up challenges, and improve our good feeling and limit our tiredness.
Nisarga Eryk Dobosz