Instead of reaching for a phone to scroll through the latest app why not make it a habit to reach for a book instead. Not only will you be forming a positive habit but you’ll also be limiting the amount of screen time as well as stimulating your mind.
Unfortunately nowadays we don’t have 100% control over the things that are on our newsfeeds with lots of sponsored advertising companies that push the latest weight loss fad or photoshopped photos of how our lives should be, news reports that tell distorted truths and theres also the things your friends/followers decide to share which may not be very positive. It’s so easy to get caught up in the stories that creep into our lives without ever being invited and this can often be the reason we don’t feel 100% happy with our bodies or our lifestyle, etc.
Especially when you’re feeling that way it’s so important to begin to reduce the amount of time you spend on social media because lets face it, who ever wants to feel crappy?
By spending a portion of that time reading a couple of pages of a book you’re giving yourself a well needed break from the negativity and endless scrolling that can quickly take a significant chunk of time out of your day and you’ll be putting that time to better use. If you simply can’t find the time to read then make some time – even if it’s just five minutes.
In Hal Elrod’s book The Miracle Morning he advises you to wake a little earlier and spend the first hour in the morning doing his miracle morning routine. The routine is broken down into six 10-minute chunks and goes as follows:
- 10 minutes Meditation
- 10 minutes Reading
- 10 minutes Journalling
- 10 minutes Exercise
- 10 minutes Visualisation
- 10 minutes Affirmations
Or as he words it: S.A.V.E.R.S. Silence, Affirmations, Visualisation, Exercise, Reading and Scribing.
He explains reading as being the “fast track to transforming any area of your life” and he encourages browsing the self-help section of your local bookshop to find inspiring stories of other people that you can then learn from. Often people are a little apprehensive about the “self-help” departments in book shops and you’ll notice people shy away from that corner, however some of the best books you can possibly read are found in that section. I challenge you to go look and you’ll be amazed at the amount of potentially life-changing books that are available to you.
If you really aren’t into that then just read any book as by creating a moment to be still and breathe you’re entering a calm space that gives you a bit of a break to sit and be which is so important in todays busy world.
The books I’d like to read this summer are a bit of a reflection of the things I’d like to attract into my life: self-love, new ideas, yoga, being in the present moment, and to learn a little more about spirituality.
- The Power of Now – Eckhart Tolle
- The Yamas & Niyamas – Deborah Adele
- Lunar Abundance – Ezzie Spencer
- Spirit Junkie – Gabrielle Bernstein
- You Are a Badass – Jen Sincero
Begin today by picking up the book that you’ve been meaning to read for a while.
Summer goal: More books. Less scrolling.