I woke up this morning and I didn’t quite know what to do. Everything feels A LOT right now. On the one hand I’ve got a to do list and lots to be getting on with. On the other hand, overcoming the inertia brought on by the overwhelming times we’re living in is quite a challenge. It all feels so vast, so large, so unending that I still doom-scrolled for 45 minutes before getting up.
The November lockdown was a particularly tough one for me. I took too much on, spent little time out of my room and put a lot of pressure on myself to be productive. Whilst I’m not pressuring myself to be as productive (and neither should you) I do want to get some things done and not let the blues beat me. As we approach another new month in the unending 2nd act of this (shit)show that no one likes, Monday mornings, or mornings in general, can feel tough.
I’ve tried a few things over the last month to help fight this inertia. Some have worked a treat, some are less reliable but still helpful to ground the big thoughts and feelings into something tangible.
It is getting warmer and brighter, but we are all still running at a loss on vitamin D from the last month. So I popped to a pharmacy and bought a load of tablets. If you’re not a fan of tablets you can get a sun lamp online.
I signed up to these check-ins for creatives every weekday morning (and midday on Wednesdays) run by Anna Spearpoint. Starting the day talking to other humans, having a stretch, doing some free-writing and giving myself a reason to get out of bed has been fantastic. Click here for more info.
Bed. Curtains. Water
Make your bed. Open your curtains. Drink some water.
I know it’s cliché, but it really is the best way to start your day. Set an alarm on your phone to do it. Ask a friend to call you to tell you to do it. However you remind yourself to do it, just do it.
Circles of Control
A simple exercise to help you take stock of what you can and can’t control. To help make sense of the messy conceptual thoughts in your brain. Click here for a very quick video of the exercise and how to do it.
If you’re feeling like me why not try some of these yourself and let me know how you get on. Do you have your known tricks, routines or rituals you have to fight the morning blues?
Comment below, let me know.