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#38 Daily Health Rituals for Entrepreneurs Working From Home

 

I’m excited to share with you a course I’ve been developing just for you.  Thriving with Ayurveda.  Ayurveda, as you will hear in today’s episode, is incredibly useful.  If you are feeling overwhelmed by all of the health choices and you just want being healthy to be easier, then Ayurveda can help you simplify and find what works for you.  I’ve helped hundreds of students and clients use Ayurveda to build a healthy life that works for them - and now you can too.  Check it out <<HERE>>

 


Today we are going to get to explore rituals that you can integrate into your life TODAY to support you as you work from home.  Working from home comes with a bunch of challenges - getting distracted by home tasks, distracted by people, eating all day long.  How do you create rituals and habits that support you each and every day?  

 

In this episode you will learn:

  1. How to start the day off - 
  2. Why the middle of the day is a perfect time for eating
  3. How to end your day

 

Daily Rituals

I love this word rituals. Rituals are are things that get repeated over and over and they have meaning to us. In Ayurveda, there's something called dinacharya, which is translates to daily practices daily routine or daily rituals. And I love that because it elevates these practices, these things that we do every day and try to uncover bring into our lives to a place of honor, the word ritual makes it a little bit more meaningful, gives it a little bit more power, and allows us to be a little bit more intentional. And these daily practices, routines and rituals can become embedded into your life in a way that makes it so that you don't have to think about them. And I love that. I love things that become so habitual, like brushing your teeth, that you just don't even think about them anymore.

And Ayurveda has a set of daily rituals that are designed to help support you on a daily basis. They want you to be healthy, and so they provide a routine that gives you a baseline from which to approach your day. And by baseline, I mean a place of a level of health that allows you to maintain balance and evenness throughout the day.

And so as things come in and try to distract us and impact us and things start to get out of hand in our day, we become overwhelmed and stressed and the things that we planned, don't quite work out the way we thought they would. These daily rituals, these daily routines are still there for us. They're just a part of our life that don't go away. They anchor us, they ground us. And I think that they can be incredibly valuable when working from home. Because when you work from home, the number of things that are trying to interrupt your day becomes so much stronger and so much more annoying. And you know, your home life and your work life
are colliding in so many ways, and it can be overwhelming and stressful. And so how are you putting things into your life that can help you You maintain balance, health, and reduce your stress during the day when you're working from home.

 

Let's start at the very beginning (a very good place to start)

And so today I'm going to share the Ayurvedic daily rituals that I found most useful when working from home over the years. So the first thing I want to share with you is how I start off my day. And some of the things that are part of the dinacharya the Ayurvedic daily rituals is getting up at the same time every day. And I can't tell you what a difference that's made in my life because it's predictable. I am up at the same time every day. That means I can schedule appointments with clients. I can plan when I'm going to exercise I can plan what I'm going to eat, I can plan everything, because I know what time I'm going to get up. There's no question about it.

And I also start off my day with warm water with lemon every single day. It's how I get my digestion going. That's how I get my my bowels moving. And I'm sure you really want to know about that. But that is an important part if you're the start of your day, right? Because then it's not a part of the rest of your day. It's just your bowel movements a part of your morning and it's just done, would that be great, but I start my day off with warm water with lemon.

And then I have breakfast based on how I'm feeling and what I'm doing that day. So before the worldwide pandemic, when I used to leave the house much more frequently. I would be more likely to have breakfast if I was going to teach a lot that day, because I would need more energy. I would have a bigger breakfast. If I was planning to do some vigorous exercise. And I still do some of those things right? I plan my breakfast or I skip breakfast depending on how I feel. It's not the same thing every day. It's at the same time. If I am having breakfast, but it's not always the same thing. I allow it to shift seasonally and I allow it to shift based on my needs. I listen to my body and what I need in that moment. And those are just some of the daily rituals that I start off with my day. And it allows me to set up this baseline.

This jumping off point for the rest of my day, that I know that no matter what else happens, I'm well rested. I've had food if I needed it, and my digestion has started moving so that won't disrupt anything else later that day.

 

The middle of my day - not an afterthought

Let's move on to the middle of the day, and some rituals that might support you there. The middle of the day, we tend to overlook as a valuable time to really focus on our health and wellness.

Lunch is traditionally and afterthought for most people who work in offices or have careers. Lunch is something that gets jammed in between everything else. It's something you try to remember to bring. But if you don't, you figure it out lunches fast food lunches, a salad and a sandwich. I Ayurveda asked us to have a full satisfying meal, right around noon, the same time every day. And I can't tell you how much that has changed my life because now my body knows that every day around noon, it's gonna get food and not only food, but enough food, that it can make it all the way until dinner without wanting a snack. And it's almost like I'm giving my body this opportunity to plan out how it's going to spend my energy. Because I've made it so predictable. Lunch is no longer something my body's panicked about. When am I going to get it? What is it going to be what disasters to happen because of it, am I going to have enough energy to make it till dinner? What's going on, there's no confusion. My body knows that lunch is coming around noon, and it knows that it will be satisfied by it. I mean, most of the time, of course, I have those days where, you know, sometimes I cook some really horrible things that my body is not satisfied by, but for the most part, I'm eating right around noon, and my body just relies on that.

You're running your own business, think about how awesome it would be to not only have a lot of energy for the rest of your afternoon, but to know that every afternoon you're going to have that energy and that you are going to have even emotions, meaning you weren't going to be annoyed or more likely to be angry or frustrated in the afternoon. You are going to be fully in control of your emotions all afternoon. And knowing that your cognition your your thinking your brain was going to be working at optimal levels so that your productivity, your ability to get things done will be just as awesome in the afternoon as maybe it is in the morning. And then having this larger meal at lunch is also a great way to avoid snacking in the afternoon. So if you're interested in weight loss, I would encourage you to start exploring, switching your meals.

So whatever you traditionally have for dinner, maybe having that at lunch, and then whatever you traditionally have at lunch, that soup and salad kind of mentality, that sandwich having a smaller meal for dinner, and just notice it, how it impacts your life. noticing the difference that it makes in your life and how it affects your overall health and wellness but also how it supports you as a ritual or routine that can become a part of your daily life to support your overall health and wellness.

 

Ending the day strong

Now let's talk about how to end your day. So this is something that I think is often overlooked is that, yeah, your body wants to go to sleep. But your body also needs to have a ritual to go to sleep. It likes it. When you give it step by step progressions that let it know it's going to sleep. You can't just be going full on and then just get into bed. Right? We all have different things that we do different rituals we do before bed, I would invite you to make those as routine as possible, so that not only are you doing the same things before you go to bed every night, but you're also doing them in the same order.

And notice how that ritual helps support not only longer sleep, better quality sleep, so that you can go to sleep faster, and you can stay asleep longer, and have really rich and robust sleep because that's What we're looking for, right? We've all had the next day after a crappy night's sleep or we couldn't fall asleep, or we didn't get to bed on time. And then the next day is affected. So how do you set yourself up for success by figuring out that nightly ritual, that nightly routine that will work for you?

Now, if you have kids, and you're thinking lady, I haven't slept in months, be sure to check out Episode Number 27 when I spoke with Katherine Hart, of Baby Sleep Team about how to help the entire family get sleep, even if you have babies in the house, so she really had some great ideas about how to approach that.

 

Ayurveda action step

So these are just a few of the ways that Ayurveda asks us to start to create rituals routines throughout our entire day that support our overall health and wellness. And as your action step today, I'd invite you to pick just one just start small and pick one thing that you would like to start doing every day that you think would have the biggest impact on your life that you think would help you with whatever it is that you're working towards. One thing you'd like to do for yourself every day, but you'd like to keep doing indefinitely because this is how we start to build our healthy life. 

When I started out on my journey towards health and wellness over 10 years ago, I had no routine. Everything was just kind of, Oh, I'm hungry now. Or Oh, I guess I could work out or, I mean, it was just chaos. And now, if implemented, almost all of the Ayurvedic dinacharya practices, and I still am looking to integrate more. And it helps me every single day create this healthy life, this container in which I live and exist, but I don't have to think about my health and because these things just happen, I get up at the same time every day I have breakfast at the same time every day, I have lunch at the same time every day. I mean, these things just happen. And it's so lovely not to have to stress about it, not to be overwhelmed by it and keep it simple. So that my body, my mind, my emotions, they know that they have this anchor this foundation of support sprinkled throughout my day, that even if I have a really horrible email come in that decimates me that there is some routine there to support me that even if something goes horribly wrong in my day, that routine is there to support me and even on the days where for whatever reason, I had to skip lunch. The rest of the routine is still there to support me and it impacts me Lastly, Because of it so that I have a little bit more leeway with my stress with my health with my wellness, because I've been so boring with the rest of my life, that everything else impacts me less now because of it. So as I always say, take what works for you and leave the rest.

 

Thrive with Ayurveda

I’m excited to share with you a course I’ve been developing just for you.  Thriving with Ayurveda.  Ayurveda, as you learned in today’s episode, is incredibly useful.  If you are feeling overwhelmed by all of the health choices and you just want being healthy to be easier, then Ayurveda can help you simplify and find what works for you.  I’ve helped hundreds of students and clients use Ayurveda to build a healthy life that works for them - and now you can too.  Check it out <<HERE>>

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