How to Improve Your Everyday Life
Like most people, you probably live a full and fast-paced life and are looking for tips on how you can take a step back to focus on self-improvement. There are so many positive things you can change in your daily routine to better your life - both mentally and physically. Now, we all know that change doesn't happen overnight, and it takes time, consistency, and dedication. But with that being said, you made a step in the right direction by just opening this blog. In this piece, learn what self-improvement changes you can make every day to lead a healthier and happier life.
Yoga might be one of the most popular suggestions when it comes to self-improvement tips, and that is because yoga is so beneficial for more than just your body! If you’re looking to start up your practice and don’t know where to begin, read our blog on How to Get Started on Your Yoga Journey. You can also check out our Pinterest boards on Self Improvement Tips, How to Get Started on Your Yoga Journey, and many more with the link here!
To practice yoga doesn't always mean rolling out your mat in a yoga studio and getting in a full hour of flow. Some people say the best time to do yoga is first thing in the morning on your bed! To do this, set your alarm just five minutes earlier than you normally would. Then, right when you wake up, begin with some light yoga poses in your bed. These poses will include light head rolls, mindful breathing, and gentle stretches. For a guided five-minute morning yoga routine from your bed, click this link on 5 Minute Gentle Morning Bed Yoga. If you want to dive deeper into how to get started on your yoga journey, check out our blog on how to get started here.
You probably hear the word meditation thrown around a lot in the yoga community. You might even think of some negative stigmas around it. But try to be open to it - it’s a great tool for becoming present and grounded through connecting your mind, breath, and body. To meditate, you don’t always need to spend a whole lot of time practicing - sometimes you just need five minutes to start feeling its benefits.
To use meditation as a tool to improve your everyday life, start by taking a couple minutes in the morning or at night to just breathe. You can sit on a pillow on the floor, sit on your bed, or anywhere that is comfortable for you. Sit up straight and place your hands down by your side. Try to keep your mind focused on your breathing. Just a couple minute of this, and you will start to feel more clear.
Go on a Walk
Going on a walk is one of the best ways to clear your head. Your walk can be as long or as short as you want it to be, depending on how much time you have, and if you have a furry friend we recommend taking them with you! On a walking meditation, focus your attention on the noises, smells, and things going on around you. Try and keep a steady breath and just enjoy yourself in the moment. You can also listen to podcasts, light music, or focus connecting on what's around you. If you live near a trail, take time to notice the leaves, birds, and the smell of nature.
Being well rested is one of the most important tips on this list! When you sleep, you are allowing your body to rest and recover from the day. When you are properly rested you are more focused throughout your day, you think more clearly, and even your mood is better. Lack of sleep can result in weight fluctuation, mood swings, issues with your memory, and puts your body at higher health risks.
If you’re having trouble sleeping at night, that would be a great time to practice meditation and your mindful breathing! For this, please refer back to the meditation tab. Along with this, begin to make mindful decisions a couple hours before bed. Try not to eat very heavy foods after dinner. Before bed, make yourself a warm cup of tea before bed and put some lavender oil on your temples. Lavender oil is our favorite essential oil for sleeping! Check out our friend and partner in Chicago, @shannonconnellyogaandwellness, who is a wonderful DoTerra Essential Oils Wellness Advocate, and can teach you all about essential oils, how they can help you with sleep, and many other benefits. Shannon can help you make the perfect little lavender oil cocktail.
These are just some of the many tips we have to improve your everyday life. Any kind of positive change you strive to make in your life, whether big or small, is always a step in the right direction. We never regret the positive change we make, we only regret the chances we didn’t take. So take those steps in the right direction! Don’t forget to keep up with us on Instagram at @jorikiyoga, and if you’re in Chicago, come visit us at our showroom! We give in-person shopping discounts, so please send us an Instagram DM or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to book an appointment. We hope to hear from you yogis and thanks for reading!