I’ve felt so rushed lately.
I’m busy. So is everyone. I found that school was whirling me through my days and I never took a chance to breathe. It resulted in stress, lack of concentration, and feeling a bit out of control of my own life.
I need to slow down.
It happens! Some people think that a true balance of different facets of life can exist, others say that something has to give. I’d love to have balance all figured out, but right now my focuses are:
- School. School. School.
- Blog (I consider this my part time job at the moment, but also creativity and stress outlet and fun!)
- NEDA Walk Prep
On the back burner? MYSELF. The whole me-time thing doesn’t happen a whole lot, and I feel like I’m on my computer 24/7 either with school or blog or something. I swear my eyesight is getting worse – I look up and things are blurry! Even when I do get a chance for something fun (like weekend trips) it’s not much in the way of “relaxing alone-time”. I usually fall behind on work and end up even more crazed!
So I decided to institute a little morning routine to feel a bit more calm throughout my days. It’s a little zen and hippy-ish, but don’t knock it until you try it. It is OH so wonderful and is an amazing way to wake up and greet the day.
My 20 Minute Morning Routine
1. Journal. I just write whatever I am thinking about. Usually thoughts on the day before or things I want to do that day. Just a page of randomness, not well thought out at all. Takes less than five minutes.
2. Stretch. Sometimes this is full-on yoga, other times it’s just five minutes of neck rolls, cat cows, downward dogs and half pigeons. I put on Pandora Yoga station and wake up my body for 5-10 minutes.
3. Meditation. Alright. I’ve never actually done this before and currently I last about 3 seconds before my mind wanders, but I’m trying! I’m using Heather’s meditation album and just doing one 4-5 minute track. It’s pretty neat.
That’s it! Less than 20 minutes, but I did start setting my alarm 30 minutes earlier so I had time to start my day the right way instead of waking up and immediately feeling rushed into my work.
I haven’t been doing this for very long, but I’m already loving it. Here’s to hoping this helps me feel calmer throughout the day!
- How do you take back your day and make sure you stay calm and focused?