A morning routine is important. It can influence your whole day. I’m not talking here about the routine of brushing your teeth or getting your coffee or even doing exercises. I’m talking about establishing a routine that gets you out of bed. Some people have a routine of pressing the snooze when their alarm goes off. I hardly ever do that.
Pressing the snooze only delays the inevitable. I mean, if you set your alarm for five-thirty and press the snooze until six, why not just set the alarm for six? It doesn’t make any sense to me, but if that’s your routine, ok. It’s not mine. I set my alarm for five-thirty and get up around five-thirty-five or five-forty. My alarm goes off; I turn on the light, shut off the alarm and lay there for a few minutes. What I should do is sit up and stretch. If I got up and did the sun salutation, even just one repeat of the motion, I would be in great shape for the day. Perhaps I should try that tomorrow morning.
That will be a hard routine to establish. For one thing, I would have to remember that I wanted to do that, and for another, I would have to get out of my nice, comfortable warm bed a few minutes earlier than I usually do. It all rests on how much importance I put on the idea.
All I would have to do to establish a mini-stretching session every morning is to get up and do it every morning for a few weeks. That would be sufficient to establish the routine. The routine would soon fall into habit and that is what will keep me doing it long term. Establishing the routine is the hardest part of developing a routine. You have to keep doing it until you feel that you are not starting your day on the right foot if you don’t do it. Once you reach that stage, you’ve established the activity as a routine.
I am only contemplating that, but I think I should give it a try. If nothing else, it will serve to get my blood flowing early in the morning and prepare me for my day. The stretch that I have chosen, the sun salutation, is a yoga pose that I know well. It will prepare me for the later exercise routine that I will do after I feed the cats and clean their litter boxes.
There is an evening routine that I could add to my nighttime routine, which is not as well defined as my morning routine. There are yoga poses that induce relaxation and if I did those just before retiring to bed, I would be in a better position to sleep. What I need to do, is to begin working on solidifying that routine. Some of them I could do in bed and I should try those, before I put out my light and prepare to sleep. The last one would be to meditate for a minute or two, while sitting in bed.
Using yoga to relax at night could be the ticket to a very good night’s sleep. That can help boost your immune system and be very good your body. A good nightly routine can influence your sleep patterns and that, in turn, will help you get through your day. When all is said and done, routines can be good for you. Always start simply and work your way up to a more complex routine. Establish your routines correctly and you will see improvements in your life.