1906: 12 Ideas for Establishing a Calming Routine by Leo Babauta of Zen Habits

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Let's get right to it. As we optimize your life sir. Twelve ideas for establishing a calming routine by leo bout of zen habits don net one of the most rewarding changes in my life in the last couple of years has been finding peace with a morning routine. I've made it a habit to wake before. Most of the world about four thirty a m and just enjoy the quiet and solitude. It made all the difference in the world. I sit quietly with a cup of coffee and enjoy the silence. I go for a morning. Run which relieves stress and his perfect for contemplation. Use a quiet time before my family awakes to write something each morning a reed has a good novel as one of my favorite companions now. Not everyone is a morning person of course. But that doesn't mean you can't create your own routine. When that incorporate something that gives you solitude quiet or stress release while morning is an ideal time for such a routine other ideal. Times are after work men before bed and really that works for you is good. I recommend that if you haven't yet you create your own calming routine. Give it a couple of weeks to become a habit focusing on doing it every day and soon you will not want to miss it here just a few ideas to get. You started number one morning coffee. If you're not a coffee person. Tea or cocoa works great as well sit and enjoy the silence as he wake up and even better watch the sunrise. The perfect way to greet the day number to exercise. I like to go on an easy run. It relieves stress and give me time to myself to think and enjoy nature. Evening runs or great to especially as the sun goes down. If you're not into running walking cycling swimming really any exercise works well. Just take it easy in the beginning and try to do a little every day. Don't overdo it number three meditation or yoga. I haven't been meditating on a regular basis. But when i do. It's so calming and so centering you'll need to do anything. Formal simply focusing on your breathing as it goes in and out his a good meditation. Love never been into yoga. I know a lot of people who swear by it. And i'd recommend you give it a try. It sounds appealing to you number. Four gratitude session. Does it one of my favorite rituals everyday take a couple of minutes to think about everything and everybody. You are grateful for may sound corny but it is an amazing ritual. Try right now. it only takes a minute. Who are you grateful for. What are you grateful for a found. This little ritual has so much power that it makes me happier and more compassionate by the way every time i do it. I think the people who don't eat it and helped me become a giant step closer to my dream. That's you guys number five goal mantra. There's another one of my favorites. I got the idea from guy kawasaki. Who tells us that. Corporate mission statements are basically useless and recommend you create a corporate mantra instead of three or four words tops so instead of creating a corporate mantra created a personal mantra to remind myself. Why do everything. I've been doing this year with the blog. All my writing and some new projects that are coming up including an e book here. It is liberal yourself and just make sure to repeat this mantra at least once a day. If not several times it helps me stay focused. I suggest you do the same for your personal mission number. Six evening review. I think this would be an especially fruitful routine for anyone. Basically is a routine. That ben franklin did himself he was spent some time at the end of each day to review how he did with his goal and reflect on how his day went. It only needs to take a few minutes. But just go over your day. Think about your goal your mantra what you did to further that goal what you did right and what you did wrong today while you can improve while you need to do in the future if you want to journal this it'd be even better number seven bath time. My home doesn't have a bath tub. But i truly cherish a long hot bath. If you have the time to do this. It could be extremely relaxing number. Eight after work unwinding long day of work stressed out. Take minutes to unwind some great ideas for that Twenty to thirty minute. Nap snuggling with your kids. Deep breathing stretching self massage or really anything that relaxes you number. Nine pre bed ritual another ideal time for a comedy routine is just before you go to bed be you do any of the calming things mentioned in the other items or just develop a routine get close ready get lunches ready clean up. Brush teeth deciding your three most important tasks for tomorrow. Etcetera number ten journaling more writing a morning. Writing ritual is a good thing but you can do a writing ritual at any time that works for you or instead of writing try journaling but can be very productive and relaxing number eleven conversation. Try this every night for an hour. Just sit and talk to your spouse show the highlights and lowlights of your day. Talk about your goals your finances. Your relationship movies music books. This can of course be adapted for conversation with your children number twelve reading time now one of my favorites take time each day to spend with a good book more trashy novel. It doesn't matter actually like to take time in the morning and evening but whatever time convenient for you. We'll work saying you. Just listen to the post titled twelve ideas for establishing a calming routine by leo buddha

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