This is the second part to my first blog post 2016 Sunday Beauty Routine. This is my routine that helps me get mentally prepared for a new week. Some people are able to party all the way till early Monday morning and if that’s you then power to you! I used to be one of those people in my early 20s but now I prefer not to go out on Sunday nights because I work so early in the morning. I am not a morning person and I like to make things easy when I wake up so I’m on autopilot: have my work clothes laid out, lunch already packed, and work bag right by the door. Here are the top five things I’m doing the night before:
I have been practicing yoga off and on for over five years. It is very therapeutic for me and really helps with my anxiety. When I am doing the poses I am also breathing heavily while holding each posture (it sounds a little bit like I’m snoring loud but it’s just breathing exercises). This helps me to release all the tension and be in the present moment. A lot of people are not really believers in the benefits of yoga but I can honestly say it is very effective.
Meditation is not something I am consistent with like yoga but sometimes when I am going through something that is out of my control, I sit and meditate to get closure and calm my mind. I meditate by sitting still either quietly or with calming music then I pick an affirmation to repeat in my head. Then I start to pray and ask for God to calm and heal my heart on whatever is going on. Even though I only meditate for a few minutes now and then, I am interested in growing the practice. Russell Simmons said “If you don’t have 20 minutes to delve into your self through meditation, then that means you really need two hours.” I believe this but doing even thirty minutes of meditation consistently is tough and you have to be extremely disciplined. One day I will reach that level.
Meal prep helps me stay consistent with eating healthy during the week. Without meal prep I would be eating expensive high carb and high sugar foods all the time. Since I am still on the weight loss journey I like to plan out my meals in advance. I go to the grocery store every week and on Sundays I prepare the meals.
Reading is something I recently added to my Sunday routine. I love to read a few pages of a book before bed. The last book I started was The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle. It was a library book so unfortunately I couldn’t finish it in time since someone requested it after me and I had to return it lol. I am going to purchase the book eventually because I truly enjoyed learning about how important it is to always be in the present moment. Right now I am in the mood to read a good thriller so I am going to take a break and read something else before I go back to reading it.
I listen to podcasts while I’m in the bathroom. Since I’m in there for nearly an hour I use that time to catch up on some self help. My favorites right now are Trust and Believe by Shaun T and I Should Be Writing by Mur Lafferty. One gives inspiring stories and inspiration about being healthy and the other gives advice about being a writer.
What common practices do you have that help you “get your mind right” and ready to start a new week?
Thanks for reading!