Lately, I've become interested in nurturing and compassionate guides to weight loss. I think that however I choose to make time for myself, it needs to also be nurturing and compassionate: it can't cause more stress.
I want to cultivate two habits for myself. One is a old friend: journaling. The other is a new one, but one I've been thinking about: practicing Sun Salutations every morning. Journaling helps keep me centered. The way I did it before was based on Julia Cameron's "morning pages" as described in The Artist's Way. Basically, I'd write, ink and paper, please, whatever thought came to mind. No editing, no censoring. I did this every morning, filling at least 3 regular sized pieces of notebook paper. I turned it into a ritual with soft music, incense, candles and coffee. It was a wonderful way to start my day. It was also a very time- consuming way to start my day. I don't have 45 minutes per day to devote to that ritual. But, I could cut down to one page or 20 minutes each morning. Followed by the Sun Salutations. But when? Before work would be optional. And I'm back to that 5 AM thing again.
Maybe I need to rethink my roadblock. Is a few more minutes of sleep worth more than the benefit I get from journaling and practicing a very mindful and awakening yoga routine?