I never thought that five minutes – five measly little minutes – could make such a huge impact on my day, but I promise you, it has…
I have to admit that I had a much easier time keeping calm and relaxed while I was working from home. Now that I’ve gone back to working a half-day office job while still freelancing in the afternoons, I know that I need to keep the stress and anxiety away as much as possible. Otherwise I’m just going to land up back where I was a few years ago.
And that’s NOT a place I want to be at ever again. Ever.
Being an introvert and having struggled with shyness all my life, I’ve always panicked and gotten anxious over SO many stupid things…small things, big things, things that didn’t even affect me.
I also have a nasty habit of putting myself down, and I spoke about this during one chapter in my book. It’s amazing how easily we put ourselves down without even knowing what we’re doing! Going to work with that mentality is a recipe for disaster.
It’s a challenge trying to get out of that pattern after stressing about stupid things for so long and constantly putting myself down, but I’m positive it’s going to be like second nature soon…I can already feel the difference.
Have you ever heard about the law of attraction, or how positive things are attracted to positive people? Well, it’s true. At least most of the time. So this is what I do in five minutes before I leave for work in the mornings, and believe me it makes one hell of a difference.
The five minute pick-me-up morning ritual
- Wake up. Count one thing I am grateful for. Stretch arms and legs in bed. Flex fingers.
- Splash my face with water. Look in the mirror. Tell myself that I will have a good day. That it’s good to be alive. Say one positive thing about myself. (I know…this sounds SO lame, but honestly, it works). Squash any negative thoughts about myself – flat.
- Do a couple of stretches and yoga moves on a mat (you can use a towel too).
- Breathe in for 7 counts through my nose and breathe out 7 counts through my mouth while sitting with my eyes closed. Do this a few times until I feel calm.
- Play an upbeat song.
That’s how I start my day. Sounds easy enough, doesn’t it?
I’ll tell you I’m a lot less anxious driving (nervous driver), I get to work not dreading the day ahead, and I actually start the day off in a good mood. Maybe I’m just more prone to stress or anxiety than most people, but at least now I know how to deal with it.
Breathing and stretching have become my new best friends. Even if I find myself getting a little nervous for something that’s going to happen the next day or coming up, I just haul out my mat and take five minutes. Works like a bomb.
What about you, do you have any morning rituals?