I’m back + Relief in 15 minutes

It has been an amazing year! I love, love being a mom.

Surina recently turned one and is a happy, adventurous little girl.  It was important for me to take the year off focusing on being a mom and witness the growth of this beautiful spiritual being that my husband and I brought into this world.

Balancing time as a mom and business owner is not easy and something I’m figuring out daily.  After one year of beating myself up over not making it to the gym because I didn’t have time, or I got too busy, I recognized I was chasing time I didn’t have and may never have for a while.

I bet you’re doing the same.

You have a gazillion things you’re trying to get done. Planning for that one hour session at the gym is just not going to work.

Last week I had this amazing plan to wake up at 5am, meditate and go for a long run. Instead because I was sleep deprived from the night before, and had an event that I hosted until 10pm, my body needed sleep. I woke up at 6:30am and was like damn! I’m already behind.

Can you relate?

I paused for a second and said, what do I need right now. What do I need to function and feel good today?

Run, I needed to run!

I glanced at the clock. There was no way I had time to shower, eat breakfast, pack my bag, and make it to my first call.

15 minutes, I have 15 minutes. Just go! It’s not my typically 45 minute run, but here it goes.

The feeling of having accomplished something for YOU in a short time, trumps chasing the ideal time and never getting around to it.

I came back smiling with my runners high, less tense, and grounded. I had plenty of time to complete the other things I needed before starting my day.

If I didn’t go, I would have carried my tension, stress, and irritability with me throughout the day.  Imagine how “pleasant” I would be to work with?

Not so much.

Daily self-care tools, called dinacharya in Ayurveda, are essential in balancing your mind and body. A requirement to living a healthy life.

You’re never going to have the time in life to do ALL the self-care things you’d LOVE to do each day. That’s called retirement!

For now, aim for what’s possible. Any of these 7 morning dinacharya will have you feeling excellent in a short time:

  1. Go for a quick run
  2. Meditate
  3. Practice deep breathing or pranayama
  4. Roll out your yoga mat and practice sun salutations, Surya Namaskar
  5. Journal – Brain dump all the thoughts spiraling in your head
  6. Cook breakfast or pack your lunch
  7. Sip hot water and enjoy silence and stillness (Yes, I’m totally serious. And put down your phone!)

If you can’t find 15 minutes, then you have a problem of over scheduling, over committing, and not creating boundaries in your life.

It look me years to figure this out and I’m constantly trying to find my balance. Whether it’s 5 minutes or 15 minutes doesn’t matter, pick what works for you that day.

Creating boundaries will always ensure you have time carved out for your well-being.

Where do you struggle to create boundaries? What’s one thing you’d love to do for yourself during your busy week but don’t? I love getting your comments, so please leave them below.