The Grounding Magic of Routine
Dinacharya is the Ayurvedic practice of daily routine to keep us grounded in our circadian rhythms and connected with our deepest sense of wellbeing.
Nurturing Your Inner Balance
When you start to feel scattered or imbalanced within your body and mind, what do you notice gets out of alignment in your lifestyle? Are you skipping meals, going to bed too late, or ignoring your body’s need for movement or outdoor time? So much of our inner balance and state of wellness comes from the wellness anchors we keep in our daily routines that are comforting and predictable and nurture our state peace and inner vitality.
Routines are powerful moments to drop in during our day and bask in the comfort of predictable tasks. When we feel out of balance, we may notice that our lifestyle is feeling scattered, too.
The balance of our mind, body and spirit (our complete dosha!) is dependent on how fluidly we can move through the seasons, changes in our environments, maintain healthy food choices, adapt to stress, and receive adequate rest. Life can be unpredictable and these are always changing! Although we may not have control of all of these transitions from day to day, we do have some control over our commitment to daily routines and continuing the small habits that make us feel grounded and calm.
Setting Your Routines
Take note of small areas in your life that you would like to change or improve upon. You don’t need to overhaul your entire lifestyle to benefit from healthy routines. Even small, daily commitments to routine can have a noticeable effect on your mental health and sense of wellbeing. Next, choose one routine ritual to commit to for one month. Schedule this into your day and gradually make this an important part of your wellness habits. You can add one more ritual each month as you develop these into your routine.
Pause: Where can you feel a little more grounded in your day?
Some examples of dinacharya routines to connect you with your body, mind and spirit.
Wake at the same time each morning (perhaps to catch the sunrise!)
Enjoy a cup of Lemon Ginger Manuka Honey Tea within 30 minutes of rising
Wash your face with warm water and oil massage
Take 4-5 minutes to sit quietly with your tea and connect with your breath
Eat a nourishing breakfast of steel cut oats, fresh berries and seeds
Go for a 30 minute walk outdoors and listen to the sounds around you
Turn off your devices for 10 minutes and journal what’s on your mind right now
Take time for lunch away from your computer. Devote time to being present with your meal.
Enjoy a mug of Chamomile Vanilla Manuka Honey Tea if you’re feeling stressed or anxious
Stretch! If you’re sedentary at a desk most of the day, take 15 minutes for gentle yoga or full body stretching to encourage circulation and revive your mind.
Allow time for preparing a small evening meal. Cooking can serve as a grounding and creative outlet at the end of an overstimulated day.
Take a warm shower followed by gentle self massage with sesame or sunflower oil
Call a loved one to check in and connect
Enjoy a cup of Night Time Tea 1 hour before bedtime.
Go to sleep at the same time each night to reinforce your circadian rhythm.
What is a routine or ritual that you already practice in your life? Your intuition innately guides you to what you need. Are you feeling the need to be more grounded and connected within your body? Start slow, and commit to your routines. Soon they will become staple wellbeing habits you can rely on to deeply care for yourself when life feels ever-changing.