I used to hate habits. And during my first 25 years I actively stayed away from creating any healthy, sustainable ones.
Then, in 2010, I decided to turn my life around and went on a strict diet to tackle severe eczema, allergies and asthma. I met an Indian doctor who said habits were the only way to a balanced body and a happy stomach (not to mention the mind…).
For three months I lived like a robot.
This was my schedule:
6 AM Get up
6.15 AM Take a 15 minute walk (I was in Finland and it was -20C most mornings, oh JOY)
6.45 AM Put on oil and take a warm shower
7 AM Do 10 minutes of sun salutations
7.30 AM Take herbal medicine
8 AM Breakfast
10 AM Drink hot herbal beverage
11.30 Take herbal medicine
12 PM Lunch
12.45 PM Take herbal medicine
5.30 PM Take herbal medicine
6 PM Dinner
6.45 PM Take herbal medicine
9 PM Meditate 10 minutes
10 PM Lights out
It might be apparent that my social life wasn’t exactly booming, but the program worked like a charm. My body went into auto-mode and it was given time to self-heal.
Now let me just point out that this is extreme.
I wouldn’t necessarily do it again, but it taught me the power of habits.
After this my life changed drastically and I began putting my health first. Today my life looks very different (for once, I have a social life – score) – but I still stick to some habits religiously.
I meditate 5-20 minutes in the morning, first thing. (If I don’t, it never happens later on and some morning there just isn’t time – hello life!).
I do 5-10 minutes of yoga/stretching, any (back) pain is now long gone.
And I do simple gratitude exercises every time I hop on my Vespa (almost every day) to remind myself of how lucky I am. (Or forget and drive pissed off at all the reckless cab drivers).
What are yours?