As much as we humans like to see ourselves as free-willed beings and with capability of choice (which we also have if we follow our truth), we are pretty much creatures of habit in our basic behaviours. We are quite predictable. And I guess that justifies our instinctual nature. Things like waking up, eating, going to work, sleeping, bonding, socializing, taking care of ourselves, but also other needs, such as seeking/giving affection, having a sense of accomplishment, seeking success, these are things that in more or less measure all of us want/like (even if we don’t do them, we still want them). The common denominator of our daily patterns is that they make us HAPPY. I don’t think someone will stick to doing something that doesn’t give them pleasure or comfort, even if that is a bad thing (someone might enjoy killing birds every morning or insulting people as a hobby – they’re still activities that make them happy, otherwise they wouldn’t do them).
Now. When does a habit become a routine that loses the ‘happy’ quality and transforms into a ‘boring’ thing that’s no longer exciting, or maybe needed? While some things might need to stay the way they are (sleeping horizontally on something soft, for example), others (like eating a whole bag of peanuts while browsing YouTube at 9pm every night) might not be useful, even thought they give a sense of instant gratification. Search for your PASSIONS. They might change overtime, what makes you whole/happy today might not be what makes you excited tomorrow. Go with the changes. Move.
So. Let’s recap about life, and organize ourselves a bit. It’s good to do this every now and then, specially when you feel like something isn’t right and you are going off track. Keeping things in order and in line with what your soul wants will also set the events around you in place to help you advance what you desire. We are still aiming for the same status: to be happy. I suggest the following:
Create your Routine
- Take 15 min of your time.
- Write down all the activities you’re doing today from the time you get out of bed until you go to sleep again.
- Tick the ones that you consider positive/useful.
- Cross the ones that no longer serve you or don’t make you grow into a better person.
- Substitute the crossed ones for others that would occupy your time much wisely.
- Stick to those as your Holy Commandments and do them for at least 21 days.
- Boom! You got a new routine set in place.
- (PS: Repeat on your head: “Stick to plan, stick to plan, stick to plan…”💆♀️)
What will happen after those 21 days is that you will feel SO GOOD! that you won’t even think about anything else and you’d look back thinking how on earth did you even survive with your old routines.
Some of my good habits include:
- Drinking a glass of water with half a lemon juice after I wake up. Many times I don’t feel like it, but I just drink it because I know it’s good for me. It has become so regular that I don’t even think about it. I open the fridge, pick up a lemon, cut it in half, squeeze the juice in a glass and fill it up with bottled mineral water. That’s it.
- Using coconut oil as a moisturizer on my body after having my evening shower – only on the days that I feel more connected to the universe. The other days I use normal moisturizing lotion or tanning lotion.
- Doing my daily workout (it can go from 1 hour to 2 hours daily nowadays, depending on how active I have been the whole day, teaching or not teaching).
- Taking 1 – 1.5 hours sleep in the afternoon, on the days when I work early morning and then I also work in the evening.
Some of my bad habits (I won’t tell you the worse ones):
- I don’t rest enough. I multi-task and I don’t make enough time for my own well-being.
- I love dark chocolate, and I often eat more than I should when I am not following a strict program. I know that gives me extra carbs and fat that my body doesn’t need, so in exchange for that pleasure, I don’t normally eat other carbs (rice, potatoes, pasta, bread) although I know I would benefit from those because of their B12 vitamin, fibre and other things.
- My mind can wander for hours and time goes by just like that… this can happen anytime while at home, work, on the train, etc. which can be distracting and not profitable when I am doing certain activities that require full attention.
What are yours?
Good habits you must incorporate in your daily routine as a Singer:
Singer’s Daily Habits
- Keep your body hydrated (that is, drink plenty of water and foods that contain a high percentage of it, read my article about this here) and nourished with good food.
- Daily practice of your breathing and vocalisations to keep your vocal apparatus in shape.
- Keep your body mobile and with a good cardio and core shape. Some exercises here.
- Keep healthy connections and a healthy environment around you.
- Stay passionate.
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