I’d been working out on-and-off for five years. I’d train religiously, vigorously for a few months, and then abruptly stop. Like a rainstorm that ends as suddenly as it begins.
A couple of months later, I’d decide to resume training, manage to persevere for a brief while, but inevitably abandon it again. Citing boredom, weariness, busyness, or deficiency of results as reasons, I let this cycle — enthusiastic bouts of training followed by lethargic stretches of inactivity — endure for five years.
But I knew that consistency and progress intertwined. …
After a day’s flurry of activities and bustle, a bedtime routine signals to your brain that it’s now time to unplug and transition. Over time, this ritual will effortlessly rally your body and mind into preparing for sleep.
The benefits of more restful sleep, furnished by a habitual ritual, will compound with time: you’ll enjoy enhanced productivity, attention, memory retention, and increased well-being.
Embracing this pre-sleep ritual, designed to relax your body and mind, will elevate your lifestyle and sprinkle a bit of self-love in your life.
Relaxed muscles will help you sleep faster and better. A few minutes of low-intensity yoga or a series of simple stretches can soothe stiffness incurred during the day. It’ll condition your body for peaceful sleep, free of restless twists and turns. …
Elizabeth Gilbert’s “Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear,” is part self-help, part deep-dive into her habits, mindset, and unique, joyful writing process.
Drawing from her journey, she provides instructions to lead a more creative existence, rendering a manual for a fuller life, enriched by curiosity and invention.
Gilbert’s guide for creative living is not necessarily about professionally devoting your life to the arts, but about “living a life that is driven more strongly by curiosity than fear.”
The following are some of her salient pieces of advice.
A slew of fears deters our creativity: we’re afraid we’re not talented, our work isn’t important or life-changing, of what people will think, that somebody else already did it better, and so on. …