Turns of season are a time when we are vulnerable to mood shifts. I’ve recently come back from an incredible Yoga Holiday With Paul in Cyprus, and have been seeking ways to get my balance back.
Cyprus was such a lovely group in such an amazing place. The weather hot, perfect every day. After class we went straight in the warm, still sea. What more could you ask for?
London, though I love it, can’t help but feel like a bit of a letdown after a week in paradise. It is easy to over-react to the feeling of boredom or letdown by trying to cheer ourselves up, or by wallowing in the feeling. Neither of these is the healthy option.
Yoga teaches us to strive for balance. With that in mind, here are 5 ways to love your ordinary life.
Cultivate positive routines
Positive routines help us organise and make the most of our days. Little rituals like doing 10 Sun Salutations as soon as you get out of bed, or making time to read for 15 minutes before going to sleep, or taking an afternoon break for a cup of tea, are ways to calm and refresh your body and mind.
Make time for human connections
We need people. Spending time in face-to-face conversation and proximity is essential to our mental and physical well-being. Instead of constantly messaging your friends, make time to meet up for a coffee, or do a yoga class together.
Don’t let your schedule run your life
It is easy to get sucked into never-ending-to-do lists, always putting off relaxing, or reconnecting, until we get the next arbitrary task done. It is also tempting to say “yes” too often, making ourselves busy when we need to rest. Remember, your schedule is meant to serve you, not run your life. Be the boss!
Get to the studio
Doing yoga every day is the best thing you can do for your mind and body. Doing it every other day, or three times a week, or whenever you can, yields untold benefits. You will be more alert, calmer, more flexible, and able to deal with life’s daily challenges. Plus, it is a chance to socialise (see above) and remind yourself that you are surrounded and supported by caring human beings.
Acknowledge the extraordinary, every day
Our life is only as ordinary as we let it be. When you start to feel bored, dissatisfied, or discontent, remember how amazing it is that you are here on this planet, in this city, with these friends and loved ones, this body, this vocation, this experience. Your life is unique and magical, even when it seems mundane.
How do you appreciate your ordinary days? Share in the comments!