My Mother in law celebrated her 90th birthday last week. She is generally healthy and has rarely been sick. But what are the factors that may ensure we have a long and healthy life? All of our experiences, relationships and environment affect our wellbeing. Many things such as diet and exercise we can control. But we can’t turn back the clock or change our basic genetic make up.
Routines and living styles can be altered to suit your particular Dosha or constitution. The key is to pay very close attention to how you feel on a daily basis. If you go for a run and feel depleted and sore the next day, maybe you should stick to walking. Small changes can make a big difference in your overall immunity. Yet sometimes we need to make bigger changes in order to stay healthy. For example, if you are in a stressful job that does not allow any balance in your life, it could be time to reevaluate. The main thing is to take time to notice what you are doing on the days you feel your best.
Daily routines play a big role in Ayurvedic self-care. Most of us have a morning routine and don’t even know it. Do you roll out of bed and hope your partner has started the coffee? Are you arguing with teenagers about getting to school on time? Perhaps you’re grabbing a sugary granola bar to eat on the train. This is not a healthy way to start your day! Wouldn’t you rather sit on the porch for a few minutes, or step outside and water your Black-eyed Susans?
The first thing to do is to evaluate your current habits. Look at your schedule and think about how you could incorporate some simple changes. Be honest with yourself and don’t reach for the stars. We are looking to improve your life, not add to the stress. So look at the list below and see if you can blend some of these into your current routine. Keep in mind you may have to get up a bit earlier in order to create a healthier morning.
1.Take your time getting out of bed. Rub your hands together and gently move them over your face. This will get the energy flowing.
2. Brush your teeth and scrape your tongue to remove any Ama or undigested food that has settled there overnight.
3. Wash your face and nasal passages.
4. Oil your nasal passages with coconut or sesame oil, especially in the winter.
5. Do some Yoga or other stretching routine. As little as five minutes will make a difference!
NOW have your coffee and breakfast. I guarantee you will have a better day!