These hot summer days, with all that pressure from work, family, last-minute holiday planning- it’s easy to feel distraught and overwhelmed. Doesn’t take myself very long to spot the first signs of “SYSTEM IN OVERLOAD, GET ME OUT OF HERE!”
Can you relate? Thought so, though wish you didn’t.
Good for all of us, a simple, tried and tested five day routine is really all it takes to find yourself back in control, ready to seize life by the reins. I like to call this, “The Regime”.
The Regime is founded on 3 basic building blocks, signifying needs of the mind, needs of the body and needs of the heart.
Need of the Mind : MEDITATION
Of course, you’ve probably heard or read a good deal about meditation and it’s benefits- but there are so many people who take it as light advice, interesting to read about, not solid enough to incorporate into your everyday life. Here’s something you will thank me for if you follow this bit of advice: Meditation really works!
Don’t expect to *silence your mind* and connect to your innner self in your very first attempt. Meditation, depending on different people, takes a varied amount of time to master. But here’s a secret- if on the first time you try, you simply focus on your breathing (inhaling, exhaling) and nothing else, you will notice a strong diminution in that mental chatter.
How to: Sit down in a quite place, make yourself comfortable. Focus on inhaling and exhaling, and you will feel your mental chatter die down. When this happens, try and imagine yourself surrounded by dazzling blue light (blue is, psychologically speaking, the coulour of the mind and is considered essentially soothing). Spend ten minutes like this every day for five days.
Need of the body : EXERCISE
Sure, there are a lot of great exercises you can try out. But here’s a personal favourite, that builds stamina, plus tones your arms and legs: Jump rope!
Fun and easy to do, aim to do 50 straight jumps over a skipping rope each day. Every day you’ll notice your stamina and ability to increase the number of jumps increase. It’s also one of the most fun forms of cardioexercise out there- you can compete with yourself to see how long you can go on for.
Need of the heart : PERSONAL PRODUCTIVITY
No, no, please. Your job or school work does NOT count. Truly personal productivity is where you tap into that inner voice of your’s- foster a talent, do something specific to a non-work-related life goal.
Ever wanted to learn the martial arts? Love to write? Like Poetry? Spend at least quarter of an hour everyday to learn something new, produce an original work of art yourself, read out a poem you like and write about what it means to you.
Creating something, like a song, poem, or even a drawing, can give you a lot of satisfaction as long as you’re doing something you’ve always loved (but may not have gotten the time to get around to doing, before).
Now, why is this the *five day* routine? A: you’ll feel different in five days or less. B: Every five days, change it up a bit, try and challenge yourself. Add a walk to your regime, skip a hundred jumps if you feel up to it. Meditate longer. Try and explore further avenues to improve your personal productivity- but do change it up, monotony is never wanted, so do something different every five days!
Of course, there are plenty of activities that can help you fulfill needs specific to you, but my personal favorites above have really helped out some people, who just didn’t know where to start before. Give it a go, add your own fun twist to it and lead a healthy, happy, active life!