POST 4: YOUR LIFE, YOUR DESIGN.

Hello there :) Welcome back to DOWU DIARY. How  have  you  been!? Have you worked on any good habits lately? If you don't know why I ask, just take a look at my previous-to-last post about habit building. Make sure you check out the app I suggest for managing your habits like a pro!

I'll admit, I wasn't able to keep up with Habit List during my recent 5-night retreat in Mexico. However, I quickly decided that was ok. I think it's important to use these molds and structures (or apps) when needed, but ultimately, the goal is to live and act freely. Yet always knowing we have a say in our design.

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A 'design' in which our daily trained habits make up the outline of our life, and what's colored in is a product of those habits. Like, if you wake up early chances are you catch more sunrises.

The point is that ALL of our habits add up to ONE unique design. So ask yourself, what is your current design? What habits do you need to add or drop? Maybe you have no idea where to begin. 

 

The Main Design

When our inner vision becomes blurry, or we lose sight of the concept of having a design, there is a simple set of principles you can include in your daily structure to come back to a positive outlook, fill in the gaps that are missing, and have a clear vision of yourself and your life.

Some of these are pretty rudimentary steps, but believe me, sometimes it seems that simplicity is what cures complication. Focusing on small important steps gives purpose, and if you can be consistent, you can reach new levels of understanding about yourself that will greatly improve your wellbeing. 

 

Physical

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  • Exercise: walk, jog, swim, gym, workout, yoga, pilates, do your own thing!
  • Stretch: don't let this one fall through the cracks, plus its one of the easy ones. 
  • Healthy meals (and drinks): Beware of sugar. Avoid inflammatory foods (and drinks) like dairy & grains. Instead add, healthy greens and protein high/mineral rich foods. Tip: add green smoothies into your daily meal plan. Need help? Talk to Chef Bai.
  • Drink more water: also add the juice of 1 lemon to your morning water for extra detox/cleansing. 
  • Hydrate your skin and hair regularly with natural oils, check out REINA (you'll need this password: underthesea)
  • Mineral salt baths (at home): don't have a tub? you can try essential oil sprays for your shower to produce a steam-like effect (thanks for the tip D).
  • Sleep: Make it your ultimate goal to get 6-8 hours of *natural* sleep.
  • Toxin Awareness: become aware of your daily toxin intake, and try to reduce it. If you want to be a clear vessel, you have be clear of toxic substances. Substances that are hiding in your food and water and many other day-to-day products. Affecting your intestines, as well as neurological wiring, causing many diseases and auto-immune responses. So ask yourself, what awesome or not-so-awesome ingredients are hiding in the products and food you buy?
 

Spiritual

  • Daily gratitude: Try to find a moment each day to feel gratitude for something. Notice your state of mind each time. How does it feel to feel grateful today?
  • Prayer/mantra: Not religious? No problem. Find any word or thought that brings you peace and happiness. Repeat it while you inhale/exhale. 
  • Meditation: A few minutes every day to quiet your mind. Practice breathing techniques or maybe find a guided meditation on youtube. Just choose the duration you want to start with, I usually do 10-15 min. I also recommend the app Headspace
  • Breathing: Take deeper breaths. Be conscious of your breathing.
  • Limit your alcohol intake: If you are trying to regain or maintain positivity don't take a depressant. Stay clear minded and present. 
  • Journal: Write about your feelings or the happenings of your day. Who better to listen than yourself?
  • Relaxing music: Sometimes when all else fails and I can't write, meditate or be grateful, I play relaxing healing sounds (once again youtube). Find your favorite ones. At some point, even if subtly, the healing vibrations will help heal your negative energy field/blockages. 
 

Productivity

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  • Assign yourself specific work hours for certain projects you want to complete. 
  • Keep a clean and tidy living space at all times (messy room = messy mind)
  • Learn a new skill or language.
  • Stay focused on your goals and productivity will come naturally 
  • Set timers. Many days I need to set actual timers for myself to get from doing task A to task B. This helps with time management, staying focused on the task, and reminding me of the next task. 
 
*** These are examples from my personal experiences. Maybe some will work for you, others may not. Maybe you'll get ideas from my ideas :) I hope you feel better and better each day. See you here next time, and thank you for reading ***

Written by: Briana Gomez