Health Is Made Of Habits
Is the idea of maintaining your self-care list overwhelming? Sometimes it can be overwhelming and exhausting for me just to think of the list of things I want to do to take care of my overall health. I know that yoga is good for me, but I’m just tired and want to curl up in bed and watch a show to relax after a stressful day. I want all of the benefits of these habits like flossing, doing yoga, etc., without actually doing the legwork. In other words, I don’t want to DO yoga, I want to HAVE DONE yoga.
But that’s really where your yoga practice begins, isn’t it? It’s not when you unroll the yoga mat, stand on the mat and roll your shoulders back. Your practice begins when you’ve tumbled into bed, tired from the day. Your practice begins when you’ve first woken up to an alarm that is loudly urging to rise and get to your mat. Your practice begins when the nagging voice in the back of your mind is urging you to skip it today.
We all want the benefits, and of course we’d rather not to do the leg work. It makes sense that any passive approach to acquiring the benefits of any healthy habit is appealing, and it’s not just because we’re lazy (although I will be the first to admit my laziness). It’s also because we’re exhausted, overextended and overstressed in this day and age with contemporary economic, emotional, mental pressures.
We can’t wait for those pressures to go away. I really do believe in changing our lifestyles and trying to opt out of stress as much as possible, but we can’t entirely get rid of the pressures of life – at least not in one fell swoop. And that is why your yoga practice starts in the very moment when you’re considering skipping your practice.
Consistency is Key
Overall your body and mind will respond better when you practice frequently; ideally on a daily basis. And that’s why I’ve decided to commit myself to bite-size chunks. When I’m exhausted after a long day and I’m looking at my watch counting the maximum hours of sleep I could possibly get if I go to bed now, it’s just so much less overwhelming to commit to ten or fifteen minutes of yoga, here, in this moment, instead of waiting for the day when I have less pressures in my life and can do a full hour of yoga and meditation.
What daily, bite-size chunks are you committing to? How do you respond to the inevitable desires to skip them?