Living abroad wrecks havoc on your routine. You are excited to explore the new city, meet new people and eat exotically in fabulous restaurants, but after a week of partying and carelessness, my soul craves stability and focus. Today marks my first week in Prague and it's time to get my grind back on. Here is the step-by-step process to how I'm doing it.
1. Join a gym
Sweating liberates toxins, clears the mind and releases anxiety: the building blocks for creating healthy habits. Physical and mental benefits aside, I greatly enjoy attending a gym in a foreign country to better understand their fitness culture. I find it amazing how, despite not understanding Czech, I can feel the universal language of motivation, drive and perseverance by attending a group fitness class. We all motivate each other with our grunts and facial expressions. Not to mention, you learn more about the culture. Period. Czech's don't play games at the gym or in anything else in life, they are warriors.
2. Grocery shop
Having healthy food at home prevents overeating and unnecessary money spending. Eating out every day will leave you fat and broke. It is essential to be realistic: I aim to eat two meals a day at home and one outside. This way, I am still in the adventurous state of mind, while keeping my health at the forefront of my eating decisions.
3. Translate your morning routine to a new time zone
Morning routines, rituals and habits are the key to getting sh** done. They set the tone for what's to come (AKA the rest of your day, hence, life). Being abroad is not an excuse to throw your morning routine down the gutter. Once the zest of week number one has subsided, analyze where you have to modify a thing or two to make your routine work in your new home, but STICK TO IT. Spontaneity is good for the soul, but when your number one goal is to become the best version of yourself every single day, a solid morning routine that instills confidence in your character makes the difference between creating a meaningful connection and not daring to begin the conversation in the first place.