Alarm goes off, hit snooze, finally get out of bed, make coffee/tea, shower and then scramble about the morning trying to get ready to start your day. Sounds frantic! Is this how your days are starting (or something pretty darn close)? Are you running around like a chicken with its head cut off? Are you flipping out in a frenzy to get to work or start your day? This blog is for you then. The one thing you need to do for an almost perfect day, I bet you aren’t doing.
And then what about the evening? Bedtime. Do you fall into bed in a heap exhausted from the chaos and stress from the whole day? Pillow propped up, remote control in hand and click through channels mindlessly until you fall asleep?
Man you’re doing this whole morning/evening routine thing wrong. I’m gonna show you in one simple step how to be happy. Lemme help you with that!
The one thing you need to do morning and night
Take time for you. Just you. Be it meditate or sit quietly with your morning beverage or even in the evening soak in the tub with some candles and a nice glass of wine or your favourite drink, or even stand in the hot shower for 5 minutes. Whatever it is that you have time to do, do it. We start our days with engines blaring and end our days in a frazzled heap but when did you stop and take some time, just for you?
Here’s why it’s so important to do the one thing that will help you not only become a calmer and happier person, but also help you love yourself more.
Every day we hustle and bustle about with commitments. Work, family, errands, you name it, we’re hustling. Some of us have 18 hour days and only get in 6 hours of sleep. In that 18 hours (or however many hours you have in your day) we run around in a frenzy doing something for everyone else but neglect ourselves.
How long can we do this for? How long can we keep up this ridiculous daily routine until we crash? Yes crash because inevitably, that’s what will happen.
But the bigger question here is, why aren’t you carving out time for yourself? Don’t you matter? Aren’t you more important than anything else in the whole wide world (yes even more important than your children, family, etc)? Of course you are. You are number 1 and you need to take care of YOU first before you can take care of anyone else.
You matter the most. Your health, mental, emotional, physical and spiritual, are of the utmost importance. You know the expression but I’m gonna say it here. You can’t pour from an empty cup. You just can’t. When was the last time you stopped and really read that quote and took in the meaning and the power behind the message?
We all want a happy life but too many of us don’t even know how to be happy.
You are the cup.
You fill the cup and every single day, people are drinking from your cup. The cup gets passed around and before you know it, it’s empty. There’s nothing left to it but you keep trying to squeeze out one more drop for the next person. And then, at the end of the day, the cup is totally dry and there was nothing left for you.
Imagine your body, mind and soul is a vessel that needs to be well fed, watered and fueled up to stay running and healthy. Now imagine what happens to this vessel when there’s no water, food or fuel to keep it running. It dies.
Remember you are a vessel that needs to be cared for, just like anyone else. Take care of your vessel first and then you will be more prepared, and better prepared, to take care of all the other vessels around you. The one thing you need to do each and every day is put yourself first, no matter how hard it is.
Every day self care.
Each and every day, starting today, I want you to do the one thing that will bring you a few moments of peace, self care and self love. I don’t care what it is, just do it. Take time for you and only you without electronics or distractions (unless you are plugged in listening to a great meditation!). You are worth it and so deserving of it.
The bottom line. If you want to know how to be happy, take care of you first.
Peace and Love
xo iva xo
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