Your daily rhythm is your all access pass to more energy, better sleep and mental clarity. Following the rhythm of the day is a practice of Dina Charya (Ayurvedic translation). In traditional Chinese Medicine it is the process of following the dualistic Yang (day) and Yin (night). In Ayurvedic Medicine it is following the Tri-Dosha phases throughout the day, these are Pitta (10am-2pm), Vata (2pm-6pm) and Kapha (6pm-10pm).
This list is a helpful easy guide which will help you to get into a positive flow with your day. I also hope to provide you with an insight into the importance of body awareness during your day. Sticking to a routine during the day can be a no brainer way of getting in sync with the circadian day and night cycles and thereby help you to adjust accordingly to the rhythmic requirements of your body. Have a read and let me know if I missed anything!?
* Wake early, preferably before the sunrise
* Urinate and defecate upon rising
* Perform oil pulling, scrape your tongue and brush your teeth
* Drink 2 cups of hot water with lemon
Exercise for 20 minutes breathing through your nose (walking, yoga asana etc)
* Meditate for at least 5 minutes
* Massage your body with a pure oil after a shower (sweet almond or jojoba oil)
* Have a raw green energy with your breakfast (green juice or smoothie)
* If you still feel hungry add some grains (noodles or brown rice with egg and steamed greens)
* Eat your substantial meal in the middle of the day in a quiet, settled atmosphere.
* Drink water between meals (green tea, peppermint, ginger, chamomile tea)
* Avoid rushing, worrying and over-eating
* Take time to be mindful in your busy day (take your shoes of and walk on the grass at lunchtime, smell the fresh air, lie under a tree or feel the warm sunshine on your face)
* Quit work by 6pm and completely unplug
* Treat yourself and those that you interact lovingly and gently. * Cultivate feelings of gratitude, peace and quiet
* Go for a calm walk in the evening air
* Engage in an activity that gives you joy
* Meditate at the end of your days activities
* Retire early (before 10am)