The positive effects of getting up early

It is really amazing the things that I experience when getting up early, and I want to share my experiences with you:

  • Waking to the birds singing. Instead of the alarm clock.. I am really surprised that my body is already adjusting, and waking up even before the alarm. I hear the birds on our roof singing and I have no troubles with getting up since I know this is going to be a perfect start of the day.
  • Getting ahead every day. When starting at 5, I have the time to exercise, to reflect and listen to something I want to learn. I have the time to eat breakfast in piece and quite, and when my youngest kid get up (he always gets up first), we have the time to talk about what we will do today, discuss the big or small things in life. Love these moments.
  • Feeling stronger mentally. The fact that I now have the time to prepare and plan properly for the day to come gives me a mental strength. I love the feeling of being in control and have already experienced some positive results by being prepared and focused.
  • Feeling stronger physically. By doing yoga every morning I can feel a shift in my body, with more muscles, more flexibility, more strength. It is a fantastic feeling when you notice that you have improved, when you reach a bit further in your positions and when you can sit in stillness and meditate without having too much of a struggle with your thoughts to achieve this.

If you have not already, go on and try it. I will share with you soon a review of some books related to this topic, so stay tuned. Namaste.

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How to make a change

I think you have heard this before. If you want to see things change, if you are not happy with a relationship, your situation in life, or something else, you need to start with yourself. And I think that you also know, it is easier said than done. But you can start by doing some small things and see what happens. For instance, decide that you will always meet another person with a positive attitude. Even if the other person is being angry, he/she is offensive, feeling negative, you decide NOT to go into that same feeling. Do NOT get angry and yell back, do NOT go into the same negative feelings. Instead – listen, and meet the other person with a positive (or neutral) attitude. Even if he/she says something you do not agree on, confirm what they say, that you hear and understand, instead of starting an argument or fight trying to convince them that they are wrong. Even if the thing they say is about you. This is hard, but it will give you a totally different situation than if you contribute to the negativity. I have tried this, and the result most of the times is that we go from that situation with a positive feeling, instead of a feeling of fighting. Giving energy instead of taking energy. And you will feel really good if/when you succeed. Also, the other person might get out of their starting mood, thanks to you! And maybe, you are contributing to grow a positive feeling instead. Be the light in their life. Why not try it? Be the change that you want to see in the world. Take care. Namaste.

Be the change that you want to see in the world

Be the change you want to see in the world

Mahatma Gandhi / ROBIN SHARMA

Doing Morning Yoga

Today it is day 22 of my 5AM Club journey. That is, the first, most difficult part according to Robin, is over. After 66 days you have started a new habit, split in first 22 days of struggling, 22 days of confusion, and then 22 days of happiness. I still get out of bed without too much struggling and this weekend I did not even set the alarm, but still woke up early (a bit later than 5 though), feeling very energetic. Starting my day off with Morning Yoga is the best. Today I followed a 25 min Morning Yoga session from Yoga with Adrienne, one of my favourites. Starting the morning with yoga really gives me what I need to get a good start of the day – I land on my mat, I set an intention for the day, stretch out my body, I build strength, both physically and mentally. When I give myself time on the mat to reflect, to slow down, focus, I really become stronger also in my mind, being better at handling different challenges and situations during the day. It gives me confidence and the feeling of being in control. Also, this is exactly what Robin Sharma is talking about in his 5AM Club, doing morning exercise gives you the best start of the day. I can only agree. Since the start of 2021 I started doing yoga on a daily basis instead of a few times a week, and doing yoga every morning is the best. Really worth a try. So if you haven’t already – give it a go! Take care. Namaste.

Keeping a Journal

My journal keeping track of my personal development on a daily basis.

Keeping a Journal is something I have done more or less my entire life. Writing a dairy, writing about my yearly plans, my thoughts, my learnings. Listening to Robin Sharma from the 5 AM club, I have made this a more systematic part of my days, since I started getting up early. In my journal I write everything. I reflect on the day before, what went well and what can be improved. I plan for the day to come, what do I want to achieve, I set an intention, write about how I feel, in my body and mind, and maybe some thoughts on the things I read or listen to during my Success Hour. My tip for today – go and buy yourself a really nice book and start keeping a journal! This way you can document your plans and your progress more systematically and you will start building a knowledge bank of your own personal development and leadership. Namaste.

Be kind

To be kind. When talking to people about being kind it is not always positive. As if you can be TOO kind and then it turns into something negative. But to me it really is only positive. Having a kind approach always helps no matter what. Being kind to other. Treat others like you want to be treated yourself. You cannot expect from others to be kind and treat you well if you are not kind yourself, right? Be kind to yourself. Do not forget, kindness is also taking care of yourself. Why do a lot of people have so much higher demands on themself than on others? Give yourself what you give to others! At least. Maybe you give yourself a small gift once and a while, to celebrate finishing a task at work, for doing yoga daily for a month or another setup target you have. Big or small. You decide! So keep being kind – that will make you and the people around you feel so much better. Namaste.

Get things done

One of the things that can be really stressful is how to find the time to get things done. You have your LONG to do list, job related things, personal activities, social events (well, maybe not that much at the moment, but we will get there again), and the list often goes on and on. As much as I love the to do list, I need also to plan my time properly, more in detail. What I find very helpful is not only write the to do list, but also, plan on WHEN I will do this? Starting with prioritizing the list, what is most important, what can wait for next week and so on. Then I write in my calendar when and how long it will take, so blocking the amount of time it will take. Maybe your calendar will get full too soon, and then you need to look into the list again. Is everything in the list really necessary, or is there anything that can be removed? And things that are not that urgent can be done in 3-4 weeks. Etc etc. In the end you will have planned all your to do’s and you can throw away the list. Feeling in control of time, and that you know exactly what to do and when! Please do not forget to put in the plan your daily yoga practise, your meditation or mindfulness sessions, your time to learn new things, time with the family and loved ones. Everything that you really want to prioritize and put on top of the list. Good luck with planning and getting things done, hopefully without feeling a lot of stress. Take care. Namaste.

“The things that get scheduled are the things that get done”

Robin Sharma

Take good care of yourself

When you take care of yourself you really take the role of leading yourself in the right direction. I believe that this is the most important thing you can do if you feel that your energy levels are not where they should be. If you take the time to do some exercise every morning (preferably yoga and meditation), to invest in yourself, then you take care of both your body and your mind, your head, heart and soul. By exercising every day you will get lots of energy and build a strength not only in your body, but also you will feel stronger mentally. It does not have to be more than 15-20 minutes per day to make a change. Also, when you exercise every day you will not be as hungry for sweets or other unhealthy food, so you will also take care of your diet. Last, when you eat right, exercise, you will have the energy to think straight. To make the right decisions and to be able to focus on the right things.

If you are wondering about the test with the 5 AM club? I really am amazed that I have been getting up at 5 for 1,5 week now 🙂 I really hated early mornings in the past, and now I am actually already experiencing some good results. Being more prepared, more calm, more focused, and my body is stronger. This is of course also because I have been working out daily since the beginning of 2021, so not only due to 5AM, but the 5AM makes it possible for me to exercise ´first thing in the morning so I really can make this happen. So if you haven’t tried already, try exercising every day for some period! Starting today! It will help you take good care of yourself. Namaste.

The Success Hour

This is now my second week trying the 5 AM club method with Robin Sharma. I really like getting up early it turned out.. Why? Because then I finally get some time on my own, to exercise, to think, to learn new things. This is really the foundation of a Success Hour. And the energy level gets higher, and I have done a lot this past few days that I never have had the energy to do for at least months in the past. The only backdraw is the evenings, at 7 PM I get really tired, and bedtime is already at 9.

Today my 20 minutes exercise was a session of Yoga with Adrienne, one of my favourite yogis online, when doing some light workout. Her session “Change and Drain” felt appropriate this morning, since this is exactly what I am doing right now. Trying to change a habit, to set a new morning routine, a new exercise routine, and of course, it is a bit of a struggle. Have you tried to change a habit sometime? If so, how did it go?

Hang in there!

I really am longing for some social events and togetherness right now. Think to be able to go to a party! Put on your best dress, your best perfume, your finest/ favourite jewelleries and just dance the night long, talk, hug, laugh – all those things that felt so natural and given only a year ago. But we all need to hang in there! This will change, I truly believe that, with the vaccin, even if we turn into some kind of “new normal”, and in south of Sweden where I live, we are waiting for the spring to come. With the spring the flowers will come to live again, the garden will flourish again and for me, the spring weather also gives me a lot of new energy. Until then, I keep reading books and listening to podcasts to keep growing in different areas, I keep making daily workouts, yoga of course, and also some jogging, and trying to celebrate the small things, as often as possible. And why not put on your best dress, your favourite perfume, and turn the music up, even if you are alone, and at home?! What do you do to hang in there?

A little goes a long way

This expression has become my mantra lately. To do something little every day to change, improve, rebuild, refocuse, or whatever you decide. I have chosen to practice yoga every morning since the start of this year and it has really given results already. Usually I practice for 20-30 minutes, but sometimes more, for one hour or so, and sometimes only for 10 minutes, when the time is not enough.

In the experiment with The 5 AM Club, I have chosen sessions of 20 minutes all week and that feels enough. Combined with jogging (1-2 times a week) since yoga and jogging are the perfect combo! (there will be a separate blog post on this soon). Every day giving a moment for training, to reflect, to learn, to grow, gives a LOT in return. To watch a webinar every day, listen to a podcast, watch a TED Talks or anything else you are interested in. In this way, you can build your skills with more knowledge every day, a little at a time. Try it! Give it a week or two, at least. Start the morning with yoga or any type of exercise that you like, and decide that you will learn something new every day (at least 20 minutes). It will hopefully give you some new inspiration and increase your desire to both learn and move every day. Wish you the best! Be A Yoga Woman.

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