You’ve probably heard of priming your face for makeup, but what about priming your life?
What exactly is priming?
“Priming” is all the rage amongst wellness gurus and entrepreneurs, and only takes ten minutes out of your morning. It combines the best parts of mindfulness, meditation and yoga, to help you reach a peak state of happiness and productivity before you start your day. Think of it as your mental multivitamin.
The recent popularity of priming is thanks to Anthony “Tony” Robbins, the original life coach and author of the iconic self-help tome, Awaken the Giant Within (you may have seen it lurking on your parents’ bookshelf). Robbins has worked with legends such as Serena Williams, Hugh Jackman and Bill Clinton, and believes that by starting your day with priming, you can “change your physical state and, with it, your state of mind”.
I followed Robbins’ priming routine on his website, which outlines each step in detail and also has a handy video to follow. The 10 minute priming routine contains short exercises on breathing, gratitude, visualisation and goals.
Ideally, priming should take place in the morning, so that you start the day feeling energised and focussed. Sitting in a quiet place with some relaxing music will set the scene. I like the ‘Peaceful Retreat’ playlist on Spotify.
The first step of priming is yoga-like breathing, followed by a few moments spent feeling your heartbeat, and thinking about its power and strength.
Next comes a gratitude exercise, which involves re-living three moments of gratitude in your mind. After this is a visualisation task, in which you imagine a bright, healing light beaming into your body to heal and strengthen you and your loved ones. (This might sound nutty, but I actually found it to be my favourite part.)
Goals and achievement is the final part of the priming routine. The task is to select three goals, and imagine what it would feel like to actually achieve them. And then have a stretch – if you’re feeling brave, you can scream as Robbins suggests – and you’re ready for the day.