Good days, bad days
I had one day this week that I had an appointment early in the morning (1 hour before I start at my job). So that meant I didn’t have time to do my whole morning routine, I just had time to eat breakfast and leave.
And I tried to prepare the night before, telling myself that it was okay to skip my morning routine once. But I wasn’t ready for the consequences. I guess I didn’t know how much my quiet time in the morning (meditation + yoga) impacts my day.
It turns out skipping this quiet time made me more anxious and less resilient to daily work stressors. It felt like I didn’t have the extra boost of energy to be able to slow down and think things through. I felt overwhelmed and it was hard to focus. I was exhausted by the end of the day and the best thing I could do was have a nice healthy dinner and go to bed early.
Today was different, I had plenty of time for my morning routine and I started the day feeling great. When I was getting ready to leave for work, I got some voice messages from a family member that were hurtful. And I know it was not on purpose, this person is going through a lot of grief and pain right now. I got a little bit rattled and angry but then I had the peace of mind to realize that those words weren’t true. And that I could focus on my reaction to those words, rather than starting a discussion about them. I took a deep breath and calmed down.
The comparison of these 2 days gave me proof that having some quiet time with mindfulness practices really work for me. I feel like I am more capable of getting out of stressful situations and have better awareness of my feelings and thoughts.
By Noisy Deadlines Minimalist in progress, nerdy, introvert, skeptic. I don't leave without my e-reader.