For the month of December my yoga studio has decided to do something interesting.
Every instructor will be teaching the same sequence of poses for the entire month. This means no matter what class you take, you can expect the same kind of core program.
Here's their explanation for this: (I'm paraphrasing here.)
"The month of December can be a time of heightened stress. We typically have more on our minds and more on our 'to do' list. It can be a time where we feeling especially drained, overwhelmed and maybe out of alignment. By offering the same core sequence of poses for the entire month, you can come to yoga class and not have to think. You will know what to expect. This way you can rest your mind and immerse yourself more fully into your practice."
This strategy; the strategy of having a baseline level of operating in place, is a really great way to take care of yourself during seasons of high stress.
This strategy also works well if you want to challenge yourself to reach a new level of growth and success.
Like a springboard, having a power routine in place gives you something solid to push off against. It frees up some of your energy, allowing you to further expand.
There is still plenty of the holiday season before us. So as you continue along, I encourage you to check in with yourself and ask, "What routine (what standard way of operating) can I put in place to really help myself out?"
Maybe it's going to bed at the same time each night.
Maybe it's having the same thing for breakfast each morning.
Maybe it's adopting a practice of only allowing yourself brief windows of time to be on Facebook or check your email. Maybe it's committing to exercising 30 minutes each day, with a set routine that you never have to think about.
These are just a few examples of how you can help yourself maximize your energy (your power) when you feel like you're close to running on empty.
Running on empty doesn't serve anybody well.
I hope you'll take this principle and make it your own. Think about the ways in which you're feeling out of alignment with your power.
What routine could you put in place to help you think less, so you can create more space to feel good?
Sometimes increased freedom and power comes by way of structure and routine.
It's also quite a loving gesture towards yourself to create a ritual of self-love.
What are you going to do to take better care of yourself? I'd love to hear. Feel free to share it with me below.
PS. I've decided to renew my yoga membership (even though it would have been easier to stop paying). It's SO easy to not give ourselves what we need. It's even easier to make things about money. But where does that leave us? I think you have a pretty good idea.