A few days ago, during my morning routine, I realized that all of the different powerful daily practices that I do for my health, wellness, and well-being, are free.
Well, almost all. And I couldn’t believe it. The idea that your health can be repaired and rejuvenated for free, is mysterious, isn’t it?
We are all always looking for that special pill. That magical fountain. We think these cures will cost a fortune. But we tell ourselves it’s okay, because the idea is the more something costs, the better it works. Right??
Your Health Doesn’t Require a Lot of Money, but These Powerful Daily Practices
The reason I wanted to share this with you, is because perhaps a lot of you out there are thinking the same thing. That your health requires a lot of money and a lot of time to repair.
You might be thinking that you need fancy equipment or measures in order to become the best version of yourself. I’m here to tell you, you are absolutely wrong.
The powerful daily practices I mention in this blog post are so simple to do. Moreover, they are free and can be done without any equipment, in the comfort of your bedroom.
They don’t need any preambles (except perhaps speaking to your family physician, in case you have certain medical contraindications).
There are many different things you can do to repair and rejuvenate yourself, but in this blog post, I will be focusing on the ones that I have already tried. These are tried and tested by me, which means, I know that they have worked for me.
Of course, your body might be different, so I would recommend trying out these techniques for yourself and seeing their effects on your own health.
Free Technique #1 – Meditation
I believe no conversation on health, wellness, or well-being, mental, physical, or spiritual, would be complete without a major diatribe on meditation.
If you have been searching for that magical elixir that is going to absolutely transform your life and health, look no further.
Meditation is it!
Seriously, there is nothing else like it.
And what do you need to meditate?
Nothing, nothing at all. Just a cushion or a pillow that you probably already have in your living room or bedroom, a physical body that you should have if you are a human, and a discipline to keep on meditating every day for the rest of your life.
The basics of meditation are as follows – you focus on your breath, and every time, your mind gets distracted, you bring your mind back to your breath, over and over and over again. A hundred times over, if necessary.
Meditation has hundreds of scientifically proven benefits, but you need to have a daily practice for that.
I implore you guys to add this awesome, powerful daily practice into your morning routine right now!!
Free Technique #2 – Pranayama
Breath is life.
You have heard of this adage before. Even right now, you are sitting there reading this post and breathing at the rate of one breath per second, more or less. We cannot live without breathing.
We can go without food or water for long periods of time, but without breath, perhaps, a few minutes.
There are 25 different kinds of breathing exercises out there, called Pranayama. There are many different kinds, but I focus mostly on three or four, which I try to do daily.
The one that has caused the most impact in my life is the Wim Hof method, which I am sure you have heard of before.
Most of us spend all of our lives disconnected from our breaths. But Pranayama breaks the cycle of disconnection and brings our focus back onto our breaths.
This means, we breathe deeper, and more consciously. That causes all sorts of positive chemical reactions in the body, changing our physiology and our psychology.
Again you gotta stick to this powerful daily practice of pranayama for a while before you start seeing serious benefits. A day or two of practice won’t change anything.
Free Technique #3 – Yoga
Unless you have been living under a rock, you know how amazing yoga is.
The practice of daily yoga can really transform your body, mind, and spirit. There are so many different kinds of yoga out there, that I don’t think I could recommend one technique to you.
My favorite has always been Yin Yoga because it really helps my Vata Ayurvedic body type to ground itself and reduce anxiety.
Try out the Sun Salutations routine early in the morning. Do this as soon as you wake up, to wake up your body, mind, and spirit, and to let yourself feel the power that is contained in your physical body.
Also, try out Super Brain Yoga, which is a powerful technique to enhance the amount of oxygen your brain receives and improves your brain’s memory and healing powers.
Free Technique #4 – Journaling
Journaling is magical. All you need is a piece of paper, and a pen or pencil, and you can write down your dreams, hopes, desires, goals, thoughts, feelings, and everything else.
Through the act of putting words down on paper, you are able to heal yourself.
You write down your anger, and it dissipates from your body. You write down your trauma and pain and it releases its hold on your mind and spirit.
I love journaling early in the morning as soon as I wake up. I also do it once again before I fall asleep.
In the morning, it helps me recall my dreams, and think about why I am excited about the day that is to come.
Then at night, it helps me think about the day that just passed, and how it went, did I do something wrong or right, and what I want to achieve tomorrow.
It’s my free daily therapy.
A technique that’s especially powerful and popular is the Morning Pages by Julia Cameron. Every morning, write down 3 pages of longhand stream of consciousness writing, in order to get all of that sludge out of your head and onto the paper.
This way you start off each day afresh.
Free Technique #5 – Intermittent Fasting (IF)
This one is a difficult one for most people to adopt, but I have found so many health benefits from this technique that I had to include it in this list.
Please do check with your family physician or medical practitioner before you start this technique if you have any health issues at all.
The basics of IF is that you fast for 16 hours and only eat for 8 hours of the day.
You can even do the less stringent 14 hours off, 10 hours on fast. This daily fasting helps your body in a myriad number of ways.
It has taught me about hunger. As well as how a lot of my hunger is based on boredom.
It also has an enormous effect on detoxing the body, which has a huge reset effect on the body.
I would recommend you read up on it and see if this is something that would work for you. Depending on your age and gender, you would be recommended to do different sets of IF, 16/6 or 18/8, or 14/10.
Powerful Daily Practices: What is My Morning Routine?
This is how I set up my day to include all of these awesome practices.
My morning routine is always changing, transmuting, and transforming based on my changing needs. This is my latest morning routine, with which I try to incorporate as many powerful daily practices as possible.
- I wake up early, usually around 330am or thereabouts. Before I used to wake up later, at 530am, but my body clock has switched now. I wake up, go to pee if I need to, drink some water to get my metabolism started, and sit down to meditate right away. I meditate for an hour or two, depending on how I feel.
- Then, I do my morning kriyas, neti pot, brush my teeth, and face yoga.
- I do a 1.5 hour yoga practice, depending on the poses that I think my body needs that day. If I feel that I want to open my heart, I will do more heart-opening practices. Or if I feel like I need more of a hip stretch, I will do more sun salutations and lunges.
- I have my breakfast.
- I start work.
- During the day, I will sit down for 10-20 minutes to do some journaling.
- I try to add pranayama into my schedule in the afternoon, to give me a boost, when I feel like my energy is lagging.
- I automatically do IF now, because my last meal is usually at 630 or 7 pm, and my first meal is usually around 9 am. I’m so used to it now that I don’t even think about it anymore. It’s just the way my body’s adapted.
How does this morning routine look to you? Doable? Or not?
You Can Add These Powerful Daily Practices Into Your Routine as Well
The great thing about these powerful daily practices is that you don’t have to try too hard to add them to your schedule.
You can do a 5-minute meditation in the car before work, or do a quick 5-minute yoga routine before you go to sleep.
You can do voice journaling, by taking voice notes, and that works well, if you are walking around. Or you can add in some breathing exercises while you watch TV.
If you can make these powerful daily practices a part of your routine, then it will be easier to fit them into your schedule. You are more likely to do them then.
Let me know if you will incorporate any of these techniques in your own routine by commenting below. Thanks for reading!