Simplify your day

“Life is really simple but we insist on making it complicated” Confucius

Each September I’m given a reminder to slow down. Last year I tripped on the pavement and fell, leaving me with the map of the world on my knee and cuts to challenge any six year old. This year my gift from September was an eye infection, but not just your regular eye infection! After the annoyance and injustice of a healthy living person like me getting an eye infection, I conceded to the fact that these things happen, submitted to slowing down and started working on cutting down my ‘to do’ list and simplifying my day. But, like most people, slowing down does not come easily to me!

Why do we thrive on over-complicating situations and endless lists of tasks. I love lists, they help me focus and it’s so satisfying to tick off a completed task on the list! But when the lists become the length of your arm they can do more harm than good to your anxiety levels.

Sometimes it's as simple as making one or two changes to your day to find that extra bit of space to breath. Have a read through these suggestions and see what you can easily apply to your day:

  • Take a moment to work out what you really need to do and what can comfortably be left for another day, or isn’t necessary at all.
  • Make a short ‘to do’ list for the day. Don’t be tempted to write a long list or you will feel like you have failed at the end of the day.
  • Build morning and bedtime routines to start and end the day with the comfort of familiarity
  • Learn to politely say ‘no’ to requests if you simply don’t have time, or it’s beyond the acceptable scope of helping others.
  • Monitor your time spent on Social Media. Keep your phone out of arms reach at mealtimes and try to stay off screens for at least 2 hours before bedtime.
  • Prioritise putting aside time for yourself each day, even if it’s just for a few minutes.
  • Look at simple tasks in life with fresh eyes and be present with even the simplest of chore.
  • Simplify your day and give space to be present!

Find what you need in simplicity and self care this September.

Ruth Delahunty Yogaru

Settling on your mat

One of Dublin's best yoga teachers, Mari Kennedy, who teaches in The Yoga Room and Clonlea Yoga Studio, introduced the idea of settling onto your mat like a pint of Guinness. Such a lovely image and one which the class of predominantly Irish students wholeheartedly identified with, even if it was only 9:45am! The idea, she goes on to explain, is in the ritualistic pause that follows after a Guinness is drawn before you can savour it. There is a savouring in the period of anticipation too, similar to the anticipation at the start of a class, and the sense of achievement at making it onto your mat. We would all benefit from starting our practice by pausing, and letting everything settle – letting go of all the busy thoughts of the day and clearing a space for the present. It leaves an inner smile when you look around the class and visualise all the little pints of Guinness practising their Sun Salutations, without even spilling a drop!

Ruth Delahunty Yogaru