I work best when I have a schedule and tasks to complete. Due to my free flow personality, I know that I can only be efficient and productive when I create that disciplined environment for myself. A massive player in my schedule is my morning routine. What my morning routine has looked like over the past few months is sad in comparison to my morning schedule a year ago when I was healthy and dancing fulltime. Part of my schedule while I was healthy was waking up before the sun rose to workout before I started my day at dance. When I injured my back, my routine became very out of sync.
Months later- I feel unruly.
I feel all over the place.
With so much going on externally, being disciplined in my own life helps to minimize the craziness around me. It is time to get back to the basics. Here are a few things I am working on:
I am pushing myself to go to bed on time- not two hours later than I usually do. Because I have not been waking up at the crack of dawn, my schedule has shifted and I have become a night owl. I do not work well at night, but for months, I have not tried to change this sleep aspect. Since I am going to bed earlier, I am trying to wake up earlier and start the day with my body moving with some form of non-straining exercise like a walk or yoga. I finish my morning routine with meditation and reflection.
This morning routine then sets the tone for the rest of my day. It has been incredible to be back on the trail here in Austin as I take a morning walk. I walk for over an hour each day while I meditate and listen to relaxing music. Stretching after the walk allows my body to lengthen before I get to my work for the day. In just a week, the results have been extrordinary. In turn, I am more aware of myself as I march through the day. Sometimes I just need to hit that reset button and reassess how I am living out my life.
DIscipline is not easy especially for me because I love doing everything and trying anything. I am bouncing all over the place. Results will show that when I discipline myself, I succeed. I like to succeed and I like to be calm while I live my life. Since that is important to me, I am trying to build that discipline in my life because I see the importance it has for me.
I am not doing anything special, I am just going back to what works for me. I am going back to the simple ways that make me grow and learn in the best manner possible. What is your morning routine? I would love to know what you do to start your day! Let me know below!