The Wellbeing Series: Go With The Slow

I had the great privilege of going for the Lamu Yoga Festival this February in Lamu. This stunning island has fast and firmly established itself as the wellness capital of East Africa.

You feel it immediately you set foot here. Everything about this island is pristine and fresh.

It is in Lamu that the idea for my #21DaysOfSelfCare challenge on Instagram was borne. Lamu is what inspired Your Little Book of Pleasure, an awesome freebie that features 14 easy-to-implement tips to help you take your pleasure seriously. {Grab your copy now if you haven't already}

As a way of celebrating the great week that I spent there, I have curated this Wellness Series inspired by the sights and sounds of Lamu. This island taught me a lot in terms of bringing ease and pleasure to my everyday. It is these insights that I am excited to share with you over the coming weeks.

Here's what you can look forward to over the next couple of posts:

An overall message of wellness as I experienced it in Lamu.

Simple doable action steps on how to incorporate the overall message into your everyday.

Surprise extra treats lovingly spread through the course of the series.

{p.s:  have any friends who need a little lift in their self-care and wellness? feel free to share this with them :)}


WEEK 1| GO WITH THE SLOW

In other words- take it easy.

Coastal people are never in a hurry. There is always enough time in the day.

The frenzied pace is mostly reserved for the city folk- always in a hurry. In fact, you can always tell who is from where just by the pace of their step.

Bring more ease into your self-care by slowing down.

The Slow Movement is about doing everything at the right speed, in their tempo giusto, or exact time. It’s about savoring experience rather than rushing through it. Most importantly it is taking the time to nourish. 

The Slow philosophy urges us to come back to basics and to reprioritize our being over our doing.

Put your self first and allow yourself to listen in.

Sometimes it’s a small whisper such as your body craving a walk or some rest or perhaps a literal toilet break. Other times it might come as a loud shout that forces you to pay attention. Your body will shut down in order to force you to let go of the impossible demands of the job and settle for something smaller and more gratifying.  It might be a calling to cut off habits that are costing you. 

It might be a lesson in learning to manage your expectations so that the panic attacks don’t overwhelm you. 

When you have done everything you could and still miss the deadline, let it go.

Develop a {nurturing} routine

One thing that caught my attention was how much structure the people down in Lamu had. Early in the morning as we walked along the beach or went for early morning yoga, the fishermen were already in their boats- off to begin the day.

As the sun rose, the rest of the village woke up to greet the day. The children were prepared for school and the women set about with their chores. In the evenings at around 5 or 6, the men would come out with their snacks ready for selling.

early_morning_in_Lamu

Fridays are generally considered sacred with most shops closing. After prayers, people would settle in to a sumptuous meal of biriani. It was like that almost every other day.  

There was a time and schedule for everything: a time to play and a time to play, a time to eat and a time to rest. 

From my own example, how I begin my morning sets the pace for the rest of the day. I love to get up early, do my Morning pages and preferably have an hour or two to myself to think and do important tasks {like my writing.} I tend to shut down from noon till around 3 p.m. so such times are set aside for less taxing work. Don't even try to give me anything to do at night since you will be talking to a zombie- you have fair warning now!

Think about this: What does your routine look like?

Are you a morning person or a night owl? When do you do your best work?

Have you set aside time for work, play and rest or are you over-doing it in one field, to the detriment of the rest? Are your routines supporting you or ruining your best efforts?

Be deliberate about nurturing your well-being.

Your Turn:

Let me know in the comments below: Have you suffered from burnout because of moving too fast? How do you slow down?

Are there any tweaks you can add or remove from your daily routine? What would you like to see more of?

{p.s.s: keep it here for part II. It's going to be rad, I promise}

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