You probably recognize it: in daily life you are often absorbed by all the activities, obligations and roles that you fulfill at home, at work and beyond. How do you ensure that you still experience your day as consciously as possible? Claire, the hostess of Yogaplace, shares her tips.
A slow start of the day
How you start your morning affects how you feel for the rest of your day. Do you start the day in a hurry? Then you will also feel restless for the rest of the day. Are you going for a calm and relaxed start to the day? Then you will notice that you are more confident the rest of the day.
How do you start your day slow? Make sure you take all the time for yourself, even if that may mean getting up a little earlier. “Activate your senses with a nice scent (incense, scented candle, aroma diffuser) and a herbal tea and choose your favorite place in the house to wake up peacefully. You can also spend this time on a nice work-out, yoga practice, walk, meditation or journaling.”
Self-care is a necessity, not a luxury
Also create fixed moments to literally take care of yourself. Claire: “With a fixed skincare routine I give my skin, and therefore myself, care and attention. A wonderful facial massage is certainly not lacking.”
Taking care of yourself also means feeding yourself. “I adjust my breakfast to the season. Now in summertime, my body is telling me it needs something fresh and lighter. For example, vegetable yogurt with summer fruit, chia seeds, grated coconut and goji berries. Something that you prepare for yourself with care and love always tastes better!”
Do you find yourself spending a lot of time in front of a screen? Plan regular offline moments. Put your phone away or put it on airplane mode and let the people around you know that you are offline. Just look how much more space in your head you will experience and maybe even creativity will be sparked!
Yoga contributes to a mindful life
Claire: “How yoga helps me to stay mindful during the day? It helps me to connect with my ‘self’, to be aware, to feel well what lives in me and to listen to my body. What it offers me? Peace, tranquility, connection with myself, gratitude and also challenge, energy and a lot of creativity.”
Hostess at Yogaplace