I am super excited about the new year and starting a new decade and alot has changed for me personally since the last day of 2019. I am hoping that you too, have that feeling of renewed hope, enthusiasm and inspiration for the year to come.
I have been able to ditch negative habits that weren’t serving me along with toxic people and wipe the slate clean to live my life in a brand new way. I love that as humans we have the ability to transform and change, it can be challenging yet is always worth the effort to do so.
I wanted to share with you two simple daily habits that will take you less than 30 minutes a day. The bonus is that you can commence 2020 in an intentional, focused way. The new year is the best time to embed new habits that can assist in accelerating your level of success.
Nadi Shodhana means ‘clearing the channels of circulation’. It is an alternate nostril breathing exercise that offers feelings of calm and balance. You can use this technique before an important meeting, when you feel sluggish or experience difficulty falling asleep, just before you meditate, or if you feel anxious or when stress arises. The benefits of this powerful technique can be felt in less than 5 minutes.
The overall health benefits include:
- Enhances our ability to focus
- Kick starts our nervous system and aids the removal of toxins
- Harmonises the two hemispheres of the brain
How to Practice Nadi Shodhana
- Relax your left hand on your left knee.
- Use your right thumb to close your right nostril and inhale slowly through your left nostril.
- Alternate, using your left thumb close your left nostril and exhale through your right nostril.
- This is one cycle – continue for up to 5 minutes.
- Continue to repeat steps 2 & 3 for as long as required to feel your desired state.
As Paula Watkins explains: “It’s a direct path for us to communicate quickly to the brain via what we do with our body. It also offers a direct link for balancing the sympathetic (fight-or-flight) and parasympathetic (rest-and-relax) branches of the nervous system”.
2. Abundance Hypnosis/Visualisation:
In life, we can choose between viewing the world as abundant or limited in terms of love, relationships, career, wealth and our resources. So how do you currently view the world? Do you have an abundant mindset or do you come from a place of lack where you believe you never enough?
People with an abundant mindset experience life with access to unlimited possibilities and resources in their career, they are confident and know exactly what they want, they cultivate loving relationships, have access to wealth to live the lifestyle they desire, health is a top priority and overall, they feel harmonious in all areas of their life.
As we know, our brain is like a computer therefore whatever information we program our brain with produces results in our life. Programming our brain includes the podcasts we listen to, the music we dance to, the people we talk to, the tv programs we watch, the conferences and events we attend and whom we take advice from. All of these things are programming our mind on a daily basis. If we consistently surround ourself with negative people and listen to negative programs of any kind, it will ultimately impact our life in a negative way.
I learnt about this habit from one of my favourite entrepreneurs, Chris Harder. I recently completed one of his online courses and he suggested listening to an abundance hypnosis or visualisation track on a daily basis. Since then, I have have embedded this new habit into my daily life. I usually listen to it in the early morning and when I go to sleep at night. It has a very positive impact and primes my mindset to be in a peak state for the day.
There are a million and one apps and You Tube videos that offer abundance hypnosis and visualisation tracks. The key is to select the correct one for you in line with what you want to achieve in your life i.e a new relationship, career opportunities, increase in wealth or to improve your confidence to achieve greater levels of success.
To attest this point, Marshall Sylver explains: “With constant repetition and reinforcement, new habits are easily formed”.
For less than 30 minutes a day, you can hit the reset button and shift your mindset into a peak state. I highly recommend you use these valuable, simple techniques and realise the benefits for yourself. Would love to hear your thoughts, leave a comment below.