Day 19: Practise Nighttime Yoga
Yoga has been practised worldwide for a very long time, and has many benefits for the mind and body. A form of stretching, with meditative aspects, yoga has been promoted through schools, religion and the rich and famous of Hollywood (Becky with the good hair has yoga at 3pm). With sleep deprivation being rife throughout the world (check out my previous bedtime practise on Day 14), practising yoga before you sleep is supposed to help relieve the stress and tension of the day, so that your mind isn’t preoccupied with nagging thoughts as you drift off to the land of nod.
On Day 19, I decided to find a YouTube video specifically for bedtime yoga, and I came across this video by Yoga with Adriene. In her video, she explains that you don’t necessarily have to be in yoga attire for this exercise and that you can do it wearing pyjamas, but I was already in a t-shirt and leggings (so I ignored her, sorry Adriene). However, one thing that proved to be detrimental to my attempt was a lack of yoga mat, and I think if you’re practising yoga (night or day) you’d need one to give you adequate support. The poses were very simple, and for a time, I did feel pretty relaxed. My only other qualm with it was, there came a point where some of the following exercises required you to be laying down, which meant that I couldn’t see what she was doing (my space wasn’t big enough to move my laptop around) and thus…I got a bit bored and didn’t finish the video (sorry again, Adriene).
Review: Yoga can be pretty relaxing. Yoga in pyjamas could be a winner. Sorry, Adriene.
Day 20: Jot Down 5 Things You Love About Yourself
(Don’t mind if I do!)
Over the course of this experiment, I’ve had to make a few lists – from the things I am grateful for (see Day 10) to my favourite items (over on Day 16). There seems to be a greater emphasis in reflecting on what you are grateful for, and finding joy in what is already in your life. I think it’s important to remind yourself, from time to time, that you are allowed to love yourself. Sometimes people can confuse loving yourself for narcissism and selfishness, and thus tarnish self-care with those labels. Learning to love yourself, is a type of gratitude, because you are just as important as anyone else. And in the words of the almighty RuPaul, ‘If you can’t love yourself, how the hell are you gonna love somebody else?’ Amen, Ru.
Here is my list:
- I’m strong
- I’m honest
- I make people laugh
- I have morals (not meals as someone thought I had said)
- I’m growing
Review: It’s okay to love yourself. RuPaul has some words of wisdom. I write morals not tragedies.
Day 21: Bake Something
Now if you’re following me on this self care journey, and you interpret this as ‘getting baked’ then by all means go for it (420, blaze it), but do so in a safe environment.
Onto the real matter at hand – baking. Some people are fantastic bakers, producing sachertorte gallore, and some people should never even pick up a whisk. I’m a pretty good baker (no one has died yet), but I’m not one of those people who can just guess how much flour to use and get away with it. At the moment, I’m trying to be healthier without becoming a fitness fanatic or a diet enthusiast; more so in that I’m making healthier decisions. I didn’t really want to bake something too naughty because everyone else in the family is also eating healthier, and I have no willpower when it comes to chocolate or biscuits (all hail the chocolate biscuit, ruiner of waistlines).
Thus (good word), I decided to make some moderately healthier granola bars. I found a recipe on Pinterest which gives you the basics on how to make the bars, with some room to add whatever fruits, nuts and seeds you have in your cupboard. The bars ended up softer than I was expecting, but they are delicious (if I do say so myself), and everyone in the house has been enjoying them. Was this meditative? Was it therapeutic? I think so, but if I had burned them, or they had tasted revolting, then I’m sure that it would have ruffled my feathers.
Review: Chocolate is out. Granola is in. Trying to keep my hand out of the biscuit tin.
3/5 (depends on how good of a baker you are)
Photo Credit 📷: Austin Neill