Since Quarantine started back in March, many of you have asked me how I'm able to stay healthy and happy. So here are a few of my tips:
Have a Morning Ritual
I like to have a moment of silence and gratitude before I walk into the madness of our everyday life. My ritual consists of very simple yet crucial steps for me:
A glass of water as soon as I wake up to rehydrate
Cleanse and Moisturize
Read my Bible, write my affirmations, and check off yesterday’s to do’s.
Since very recently Yoga at 7 am
These moments are so important to me and they set the mood for my day.
I really encourage you to have a moment to get re-energized both physically and spiritually before your day begins. Having a morning ritual is one of the most important things everybody should have for themselves. The most successful people in the world have their morning rituals and so should you! So create one that works for you, it will give you a purpose and a sense of pride.
Entertain Yourself With Knowledge
So, this might sound odd to you but I find it really hard to work out with music, I honestly get bored. I’ve found that during my workouts, I’d rather listen to a podcast like The Ed Mylett Show, it’s way more stimulating and entertaining to me. Discovering this about myself has been life-changing because now I actually get really excited about working out and the best part is that I’m learning something new at the same time.
Also, since I began my Master's Degree this past November, I’ve been really into reading articles and podcasts about topics I care about like sustainability and eco-fashion. Through this new knowledge, I’ve been able to give my blog and podcast a whole new meaning.
So my suggestion is, ask yourself what is a topic you’re super interested in currently and invest time to learn about it. It doesn’t have to be a serious topic, it just needs to be one you’re passionate about.
Discover Your New Hobby
Hobbies are so important. They help to relieve stress by keeping you engaged in something you enjoy, they take your mind off the stresses of everyday life, and they let you relax and seek pleasure in activities that aren’t associated with work, chores, or other responsibilities.
I realized that one of the reasons I was feeling burnt was not having a hobby.
As simple as that.
One time Harold was out playing basketball and I was at home and literally had nothing to do other than work. Painting, for example, used to be a hobby, but because of the number of orders I get, it feels a lot more like work. Another example, my blog used to be a hobby but I chose to make it my full-time career so basically, I had nothing that was simply for my pure enjoyment.
After this huge realization, I picked up Yoga again and I couldn’t be happier to have something that is just for me...
Meet Yourself Where You Are Now
If you decide to pick up the same hobby as me, treat it as if it were a completely new one. You’ll probably be super rusty and that’s ok. Just remember that you are not the same person you were a few years ago, heck! you’re not the same person you were yesterday or 5 minutes ago. So be gentle with yourself and don’t compete against your ideal self.
I say this because it's easy to think we're falling behind or that we should be doing more during Quarantine. Stop wasting time comparing yourself to your "ideal self", those statements are nothing but an energy sucker and an inspiration cock-blocker, so stop! Meet yourself where you are now, whether that’s pausing and resting, or trying to get back on my fore-arm stand, or growing my online business, stay committed to enjoying every step of YOUR process.