When you regulate your daily actions, you deactivate your ‘fight or flight’ instincts because you’re no longer confronting the unknown. —Brianna Wiest
We are quickly moving into autumn. For me, autumn is a time to regroup, find my routine and begin to commit more regularly to an internal and spiritual practice. Summer is a chaotic season for me, I relish in the regularity and routine autumn brings. I realized for the first time in my life how loud of a season summer is: construction, motorcycles, radios and air conditioners. I am relieved to be moving into the cooler and more contemplative feeling of autumn. The loud noise of summer in conjunction with the high heat temperatures overstimulate my system and make me realize why summer has not been a favorite season for me. I hope summer fills you up! If not, this is great information for you so you can begin to add in those increments of self-care to offset the challenges the season may present for you.
Lets take a minute to reflect on what may be working for you or what may be challenging:
- Which season revitalizes you and gives you the most energy?
- What time of year is the most challenging for you and why?
- When during your day or week do you feel the most challenged and stressed out?
As children, routine gives us a feeling of safety. As adults, it gives us a feeling of purpose. — Brianna Wiest
Find rituals that are simple and easy for you to execute and bring you back to a calm and centered state. It can be helpful to do something called ‘bookending your day’ which is creating a ritual in the morning and a ritual at night. These rituals can be as simple or as complex as you desire. For myself, my nighttime routine looks like this: wash my face, brush my teeth, put on my pjs, light a candle, meditate for 5-15 minutes in my bedroom, read with my daughter in her room, lights out. Think of separate incremental rituals or habits that you can then stack into a routine that feels right for you with each passing month and season. As the months and seasons come and go, you will learn best what works for you at different times of the year. If you currently feel overwhelmed, start with a micro practice of 3-5 minutes of only one ritual and then build into a practice as your stress level and life allows. Like exercise, as we build-in self-care, it helps us to find balance and a fresh perspective in our lives.
Let’s take a moment to reflect on rituals and routines:
- What routines do you currently have in place that are working in your life?
- Is there a routine you could implement to better support you in your life right now?
- Can you think of a new ritual that could be stabilizing for your life that is not currently part of your routine?
As your body self-regulates, routine becomes the pathway to flow. — Brianna Wiest
Your habits create your mood, and your mood is a filter though which you experience your life. — Brianna Wiest
So, what if you don’t own a dog or you do not want to become a dog owner. Don’t worry. You do not need to adopt a dog to turn your life around. Begin building in your 3-5 minute rituals one at at time and then begin stacking and layering these rituals into a routine that feels restful and restorative for you. If something is not resonating or working, change it. Stay curious to help combat overwhelm and come back to basics.
As you traverse the upcoming months, please keep the basics in mind and draw upon balance by settling into some nourishing and supportive routines. This will help you to incrementally stabilize and reset your nervous system and moods.
Here are some suggestions of balance and equilibrium I have found to work well for myself and my family:
- Take time to decompress
- Allow time to adjust to change
- Focus on meaningful relationships
- Find healthy ways to resolve conflict
- Leave enough time to accomplish your tasks (or take tasks off your list)
- Arrive to your destinations early
- Get plenty of sleep
- Stay hydrated
- Eat healthy meals made with real food
- Go caffeine free
- Create a nurturing space for yourself in your home
- Use low lighting to soothe
- Venture out into nature and surround yourself with beauty of all kinds
The Psychology of Daily Routine by Brianna West
Lynn is a highly intuitive, empathic and creative person. She creates a Reiki session that is uniquely yours. She uses her skills as a Reiki Master and her knowledge in Healing Touch and works with you to balance, harmonize and clear your energy by following your body’s unique energetic needs. She has been exploring and deepening her own understanding of self-care and wellness and believes self-care is a form of self-love. She has learned from her own journey that when she comes back to self-care and love again and again — she returns to her true and essential nature of non-judgment, joy and peace. She would like to help others to do the same as she feels called to be a practitioner and to spread love!