“The biggest task of the morning is to try to keep my headspace from being invaded by the world.” — Austin Kleon
Building and sustaining a business with all its uncertainty, periods of risk and pulse-pounding problems can be incredibly stressful. In my own work, learning to cope with pressure so I don’t come undone is an ongoing process, but one to which I’m committed.
Most mornings, I take a few minutes to practice one of these habits. You’ll recognize them, since they’re often written about, but there’s a reason for that: They really work! The more consistently I do these, the more of an uptick I see in my mood, clarity and calmness.
Experiment yourself and see what works best. And if you already have an established practice, please share in the comments below. : )
Keep a gratitude journal
I write a steam-of-consciousness list of stuff for which I’m thankful. Multiple studies link gratitude with wellbeing, and if all it takes is 15 minutes, a pen and paper, well, why not? It’s quick, easy, feels good and reminds me of the people and blessings in my life. Plus, I can journal while still cozy in bed, drinking coffee. Bonus!
If meditation sounds complicated, trust me — it’s not. At least, not my way: No limbs akimbo, no “om” echoing in the ether. Just me still ensconced in bed (I see a theme here) focusing on my breath, calming my mind and being present to the moment. Research shows that even a few minutes of meditation a day increases self-compassion and clear thinking.
Map out the day
I get swept away in a riptide of email and social media the minute I log onto my laptop, which is why I sketch out my day beforehand. This keeps me grounded in a big-picture perspective and lets me wisely plan my day. As Annie Dillard, author and poet writes, “A schedule defends from chaos and whim. A net for catching days.”
Do you practice any of these habits or do you have other helpful rituals? Share, please!