Every day I look forward to my morning and evening routines. But I didn’t necessarily have an afternoon routine until recently. So I decided that it’s time to step up my self-care game and incorporate mindfulness in the afternoon between therapy sessions.
Some of you may say it’s too much, but it honestly doesn’t take too much time, simultaneously making a whole lot of difference in my daily life.
The purpose of my afternoon routine
The purpose of my afternoon routine is to tune in with myself and disconnect from the outside world to calm my body and mind. I have shared with you before that self-care practice works as a prevention of stress and burnout. And that’s exactly what I am trying to accomplish by having an afternoon routine.
Mindfulness is a big part of my life. Staying present in the moment and simply observing our surroundings and an inner world without judgment helps us manage our emotions better.
Now you can be creative with it and come up with whatever works best for you. It can be an afternoon walk, gentle stretching, or having a chat with a friend. I am just sharing what currently works for me.
My mindfulness routine
It’s important for me to create an atmosphere of calm and peace around myself, so it’s easier to disconnect and keep my ruminating thoughts at bay. I like to light up the candle and use a misting spray. As you might have guessed, I am big on aromatherapy!
The next step is turning on soft music. Meditation music works best for me. It’s the ambiance that my brain associates with safety and relaxation! And then I just sit and breathe, observing any physical sensations I have, watching my thoughts and emotions. As I said, I try to find a place within myself with no judgment. I also like to incorporate some light stretching to relieve muscle tension.
Eckhart Tolle said: Be the silent watcher of your thoughts and behavior. You are beneath the thinker. You are the stillness beneath the mental noise. You are the love and joy beneath the pain.
Practicing mindfulness helps me maintain the state of mind that I create during my morning routine. It only takes me about 10 mins and, as I said, to me, it’s well worth it.
If you want to hear me talk about mindfulness, check out my video on YouTube. As always, leave your questions below, if you have any. Let me know if you think that afternoon routine is too much, or you are on board with it.