10 Reasons a Daily Practice is So Good For You
1. Structure makes us feel good.
We are creatures of habit and from the beginning of our lives we need structure and routine to thrive. Without having some healthy patterns in our lives we lack stability and without stability we are like tumbleweed blowing in the wind. Structure and routine can ground us and also remind us that we CAN rely on ourselves for grounding rather than external things.
2. Creates Good Habits
The way to build good habits is by repetition. When we create a daily practise that works for us, we develop healthy habits that actually benefit us. The more we repeat, the more they form a new way of being.
3. Kick Bad Habits
While our routine helps us develop good habits that are in line with reaching our full potential, it also helps to kick bad habits that don't serve us. We can slowly replace our bad habits with good ones through repetition.
4. Prioritise Yourself
The best thing about creating a daily practise is that it helps us to prioritise our own self worth. By setting aside time for yourself each day you start to realise how much we have neglected our own needs and how important it is to prioritise your self care. Remember, it's not a selfish thing.
5. It Will Help you Heal
By spending time with yourself in your daily practise each morning you will start to get to know yourself a lot more. Rather than constantly ignoring our feelings and emotions with busyness or other distraction we can actually take time to be with our thoughts and work through them. You gotta feel it to heal it.
6. Less Willpower Required
The more time we spend with ourselves, the more we begin to enjoy our own company, and the more we value ourselves. As we experience emotions via journalling or meditation, the more we heal. The more we heal the more we reconnect to ourselves, the more we connect to ourselves the less willpower is required, the more we start to make better choices for ourselves.
7. Builds Self Confidence
When we put ourselves first by sticking to a routine it helps build self confidence and gives us a sense of satisfaction. That stokes our fire even more and motivates us to keep going. When we are lacking in self confidence we find it hard to put ourselves first or to make decisions that benefit us.
8. Reduces Stress
Any of these practices gratitude; affirmations, yoga, meditation, journalling or exercise. They are all proven to reduce stress and give you an overall feeling of well being. You don't need to do them all but starting with one and building from that foundation will drastically reduce stress levels which will help to keep you on the right path.
9. A Sense of Control
There is so much going on in the world right now that feels beyond our control, and for now we have to accept that. However, there is so much that we can control, especially if we follow a routine. When we design and stick to a routine, it allows us to keep our focus on what IS in our control. The mere act of ‘doing’ gives us a sense that we have agency over our own lives and bodies.
10. It Just Makes you Feel Damn Good
Sometimes I don't feel like doing it, but just like sobriety, I have never once regretted ticking off my daily practise. I always come out of it feeling better off for it, even if I only manage to do one part of it. Remember you don't have to be perfect, you just have to have to give it a go. Take baby steps and commit to at least one thing a day. Some days you will feel like more, some days less and that's okay, but you will always feel better for it.
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