This is the third and last part of the series of three articles, that I've written in partnership with Pukka Herbs, to guide you through the benefits of an Ayuredic lifestyle, easy habit swops and tips on how to maintain the new changes. The tradition of dinacharya (daily routine) is one of the single most powerful Ayurvedic tools for improving overall health and wellbeing. Even if you are brand new to Ayurveda, it won’t be long before you hear something about the importance of doing a number of things such as eating, sleeping, and working, at roughly the same times each day.
A daily routine invites health, vitality, and a sense of clarity into our lives. Adopting an appropriate daily routine is undoubtedly one of the most grounding and nurturing things you could do for yourself, and while the concept of having a daily routine is at the heart of an Ayurvedic lifestyle, no single prescription is right for everyone. The general template can and should be adapted to meet the needs of each individual’s constitution and current state of balance. That’s the beauty of it, because the right daily routine can dramatically improve your life.
Adopting to a daily routine is a very purposeful and enduring act of self-love. Each day, our routines provide us with a tangible opportunity to prioritise our own health and wellbeing, regardless of what else might be going on in our lives. They quickly become poignant reminders that we are in fact worthy of a healthy dose of loving attention every single day. The cumulative effect of caring for ourselves in this way is quite powerful, and for many, committing to a daily routine results in a greatly improved sense of wellness in a very short period of time.
Seasonal habits of Kapha, such as the ones explained in the previous article “6 daily habits for Kapha season”, will give you the benefits from the renewing nature of spring, if you develop some focused intentions for yourself. It’s equally important to embrace the light-heartedness that springtime tends to inspire. Spring is a natural time to socialise and to initiate meaningful relationships, to enjoy our friends and loved ones. It is also a great time to play. As winter recedes, you can gradually begin to rise earlier.
Most of the choices we make each day may feel like the products of well-considered decision making, but they’re not. They’re habits. And though each habit means relatively little on its own, over time, the meals we eat, how we spend our evenings, and how often we exercise have enormous impacts. The patterns you establish right now will impact your health, wellbeing, productivity, and happiness for decades. How well your body function years from now, are in many ways products of the habits you are building today.
Finding Inspiration to maintain new habits
Don't judge yourself
There is no reason to get down on yourself if you try something for a few weeks and it doesn’t become a habit. It’s supposed to take longer than that! There is no need to judge yourself if you can’t master a new habit in 21 short days. Embrace the long, slow walk to greatness and focus on putting in your reps. Start with just 1-3 substantial new additions to your day, and add one new every 4th week.
Give yourself permision to make mistakes
You don’t have to be perfect. Making a mistake once or twice has no measurable impact on your long-term habits. This is why you should treat failure like a scientist, give yourself permission to make mistakes, and develop strategies for getting back on track quickly.
Understanding this from the beginning makes it easier to manage your expectations and commit to making small, incremental improvements, rather than pressuring yourself into thinking that you have to do it all at once. Remember this is about your life, your lifestyle. It should be something you want to achieve, a habit to be proud of or that gives you a smile on your face. That is when it becomes easier to do a change and to stick with it. The specifics of a springtime routine will undoubtedly vary from one person to the next, but we all stand to benefit by simply aligning our internal rhythms with those at play around us in the natural world. This spring, avoid a long and taxing season of colds, allergies, and hay fever. Honour this season of rebirth by embracing your highest potential and celebrating the possibility of perfect health by adopt a seasonal routine that will help you cleanse, rejuvenate, and relish in the life-giving nature of the spring.