Your health and quality of life experience depends on the style of your daily life (daily routine). This health-affecting factor is most subject to control. You can’t control the weather or your genes, but what you do every day either strengthens or weakens your body. From the decisions you make every second — what to eat, how much to eat, how to react to other people, whether you exercise or not, how late you stay up at night, and so on, depends on your mental and physical health.
How is the lifestyle formed? Is it just a habit based on how your parents lived and what environment you grew up in? Should the Wake — up time be determined by when you need to get to work, and the menu-by the products in the nearest diner? What principles should you follow if you decide to change your lifestyle, daily routine, and follow new, healthier habits? The best thing you can do is strive to live in harmony with Mother Nature.
Being at peace with nature also means being in harmony with your nature, your Constitution. It means being true to your own nature, your mental, emotional, and physical makeup. This means that everything that makes up your lifestyle — how much and what kind of food you need, how much and how you need to exercise, what your sleep needs are, what level of sexual activity is normal for you, and what climate is best for you-depends on your individual nature. Living in harmony with nature and its laws means constantly balancing your internal ecology, adapting to the constantly changing environment.
Regimen of day
A daily routine is essential for maintaining good health and for transforming the body, mind, and consciousness to a higher level of functioning. A rhythmic daily routine brings us into harmony with the rhythms of nature. It balances the Constitution and helps adjust the biological clock, increases the efficiency of digestion, absorption, and assimilation of food, and generates self-respect, discipline, peace of mind, happiness, and the possibility of a long life.
The habit of getting up too early or too late, or staying up too long at night, erratic eating, stress at work, and untimely bowel movements are just a few of the things that can unsettle us. Rhythmicity in sleeping, waking, eating, excreting waste, and other daily activities brings discipline to our lives and helps us maintain balance.
The body is a clock, or rather, several hours at once. Each organ has its own period of maximum activity. Morning is the time of the lungs, and noon, when we are particularly hungry, is the time of the stomach. The second half of the day is liver time, and at the end of the day the kidneys and colon reach their peak activity. The correct daily routine includes the following aspects.
Wake up early
It is very useful to get up before sunrise. At this time of the morning, purity prevails in nature, which is able to refresh the perception and calm the mind. Ideally, people should get up about 6 o’clock in the morning, in some cases even earlier. This is the ideal norm — just try to get closer to it. If you can Wake up at five-thirty, very good. Immediately after you Wake up, take a quick look at your hands and then lightly run them over your face, neck, and chest to your waist. This will give you more energy.
It is good to start the day by focusing on the divine Reality that is life. You can do this in your own way, as your religion or intuition tells you, or use this simple prayer:
“O Beloved, you are in me — in every breath I take — in every bird and every mighty mountain. Your mercy is everywhere, and I Am well protected. Thank you for this new day. May joy, love, peace and compassion Enter into my life and all those I meet on this day. I heal and heal.”
Wash your face and rinse your mouth and eyes
Rinse your face with cold water a couple of times. Rinse your mouth, then rinse your eyes with cold water and massage your eyeballs, gently rubbing them through your eyelids. Blink seven times and then move your eyes in all directions — from side to side, up and down, diagonally, clockwise and counterclockwise. All this will help you feel refreshed and refreshed.
Drink a glass of water
Drink a glass of water at room temperature, preferably from a Cup or other vessel made of pure copper. (Fill the Cup the night before and leave it overnight.) If the water is too cold, it can cause a cold, cough, or pharyngitis. Water will wash the gastrointestinal tract and kidneys, stimulate the peristalsis of the small intestine, the descending part of the large intestine, the valve of the ascending intestine and help a good bowel emptying. It’s not a good idea to start the day with coffee or black tea. This weakens the kidneys, overexcites the adrenal glands,and contributes to constipation. In addition, tea and coffee are addictive.
Empty your bowels
Sit (or rather squat) in the toilet to defecate. If you don’t have the urge, sit still for a few minutes. If you do this every day after drinking a glass of warm water, you will gradually develop the habit of defecating daily at this time. After defecation, wash the anus with warm water and wash your hands with toilet soap.
Brush your teeth and tongue
Use a soft brush and herbal powder made from astringent, pungent, and bitter herbs to clean your teeth. Clean your tongue every morning. This is an important part of daily hygiene, and you will learn a lot about your health. Note how covered your tongue is and how your breath smells. If you smell the pizza you ate for dinner, it means that the food has not been properly digested yet. If the tongue is heavily coated, it means that the body has a lot of toxins. You may have eaten too late or your dinner was difficult to digest. If there is a plaque on the tongue and bad breath, refrain from eating Breakfast. It’s not wise to eat Breakfast if you haven’t digested last night’s dinner.
Over time, you will find that by following your daily routine, you will become more aware. Following it, you come into contact with your body and watch it work. You get data about its status. This gives you the opportunity to improve your health by changing your behavior.
To clean the tongue, it is better to use a special stainless steel scraper, but a spoon is also good. Carefully scrape the plaque from the base to the tip of the tongue until the entire surface is clean (it will take seven to fourteen passes). In addition to removing bacteria from the tongue, this cleaning indirectly stimulates the internal organs, activates digestive enzymes.
To strengthen your teeth, gums, and jaws, improve your voice, and prevent the formation of wrinkles, rinse your mouth twice a day with warm sesame oil. Hold the oil in your mouth, vigorously distilling it all over your mouth, then spit it out and lightly massage your gums with your index finger.
Then drop 3 to 5 drops of warm sesame oil into each nostril. This helps clear the sinuses, improves voice and vision, and increases mental clarity. In dry climates and cold winters, when the room is heated by dry air, this allows you to keep the nasal passages moist. The nose is the gateway to the brain. The use of nasal drops nourishes the prana and revives the mind and intellect.
Take 120-150 g of warm (but not hot) oil and RUB it all over the body, starting with the head. A light massage of the scalp will fill the upcoming day with a sense of happiness, prevent headaches, slow down baldness and graying hair. If you oil the body before going to bed, it will make it easier to fall asleep and improve sleep. Oil massage improves blood circulation, calms the mind and reduces excess cotton. The skin becomes soft, smooth and shiny. For oil massage, use sesame, sunflower or corn oil.
After the oil massage, take a bath or shower. Ablution cleanses and refreshes. It relieves fatigue, gives strength, cheerfulness and promotes a long life. Daily ablution brings to life an godliness.
Every person should include daily physical exercise in their daily routine. For many people, it is quite acceptable to walk in the fresh air in the early morning and a little yoga stretching exercises. Some aerobic exercises chosen in accordance with the Constitution of the body can also be useful.
People with a more powerful and heavy complexion can and should perform more strenuous exercises. For them, Jogging, Cycling, playing tennis, aerobics, Hiking and mountaineering are good (although they do not really like such energetic activities).
As a General rule, it is recommended to exercise half of your maximum capacity. One way to follow this rule is to exercise only until there is perspiration on your forehead, under your arms, or along your spine. It is strongly recommended not to overextend yourself. Stretching exercises are recommended for all types of Constitution.
After all this, it’s time to enjoy Breakfast. In the hot season, the meal should be light, in cold weather – more substantial.
The day at work
After Breakfast, on the way to work or class, try to be aware of every step and maintain a meditative state of mind. When you look at your boss or colleague, look inside yourself at the same time. If you can achieve this, work will become a meditation for you. You will find that you can perceive other people with compassion and greater awareness. It is better not to drink tea and coffee at work. If you feel thirsty, drink some warm water or fruit juice, whichever you prefer.
By about noon, you’ll be pretty hungry. Eat a portion of salad and a plate of soup or some rice with vegetables. Follow the recommendations for your Constitution. Don’t drink too much while eating. You can drink a Cup of warm (but not icy) water in small SIPS. A small amount of water improves digestion. You can drink a Cup of water an hour before eating or an hour after, but not immediately after eating, as this will slow down digestion.
Sit and walk straight
Keep your spine straight. When you have a straight back, the energy flows up and you can remain aware. Being aware with a hunched back is very difficult.
When you finish your work, go home and try to take a walk — in the woods, Park, or riverbank, preferably alone and silent. Listen to the water, the birds, the rustle of leaves, the distant barking of a dog. This will help you regain your meditative state of mind. Every day can be exciting, something completely new. This is why the mode is so important. Discipline in compliance with the regime will allow you to learn to be aware, to become open, to learn a lot of new things.
At about six o’clock in the evening, have dinner. Do not watch TV while eating, try to pay all your attention to writing. This eating is meditation. When you eat with awareness, you eat no more or less than you need to.
It is better to eat before sunset. Late meals adversely affect the metabolic processes in the body and make restless sleep, as a result, you will not feel rested in the morning. If you have an early dinner, your stomach will be empty by the time you go to bed, and your sleep will be deep and strong.
Hum while you wash the dishes. Be happy. Smile! Then, if you want, you can watch TV, such as a news program. You should know what is happening in the world around you. Or you might want to read a book or magazine.
Before going to bed
Before going to bed, it is important to spend some time — even if only a few minutes-in spiritual reading. Drink a Cup of hot milk with a little ginger, cardamom and turmeric. This will help you sleep soundly. Rubbing a small amount of oil into the soles of your feet and scalp also helps you sleep well.
Finally, just before you go to bed, meditate for a few minutes. Sit quietly and watch your breathing. In the pauses between exhaling and inhaling, we encounter Nothing. Nothing is energy and mind, let that mind solve your problems. Start and end your day with meditation, and it will not leave you even during deep sleep.
By following the above-described daily routine, you will improve your health and forget about most diseases. This is very important.
“I rely more on a good regime that keeps my vital juices in balance and gives me a good night’s sleep. Drink hot in the cold, cold in the hot days; observe moderation in everything; digest food, sleep, enjoy, and spit on everything else.”
Excerpt from the book: Vasant Lad. Home remedies of Ayurveda