We have all had those days, (weeks, months) that feel all-consuming and energy draining, having no tangible disconnect from the work mindset. Believe me, during the last few months of planning and progressing Habitual, whilst simultaneously existing in the toxic plane that is/was 2021/2020 has been an uphill struggle.
Doomscrolling has become a part of people’s daily routines, festering fear and negativity from the minute we wake up. To ease this busy, and overpowering feeling, lets delve into ways we can unwind and practise more self-care.
My favourite way to bring in my mornings is by pouring myself a Filter Coffee. To others this may seem like a lot of effort to go through every day, but for me it’s a time to really focus on something small before tackling the day at hand. Weighing out the coffee, slowly pouring and watching and waiting as it filters through is a beloved ritual of mine. Try to find your own daily ritual, maybe it’s taking time to meditate, or watering your house plants, anything that makes you feel at ease and at home.
These small actions really enable you to be present and focus on the everyday pleasures that life has to offer.
Dwelling on the past and ruminating negative memories can really make us feel trapped, and unable to flourish in the present. Acknowledge the past and kindly thank it for where it has brought you today, and let it go.
On the lighter side, allow yourself to truly let go of your inhibitions. When you get home from work or school, take off your shoes (and your bra if you wear one) and shake off the day, quite literally. Dancing to your favourite tunes can be a great way to unwind and let go of the stresses and tension from the day.
Focus on what’s right in front of you
This is a mantra we have kept coming back to here at Habitual. By focusing on the tasks right in front of you, instead of those far away in the future, it can really help you to feel like you are making progress. Kate always envisions this like slicing a Salami. The whole thing seems unmanageable at first, but if you keep going at a steady pace, removing small slices at a time, the task doesn’t feel quite so overwhelming.
In summary, I implore you to find small actions of self care that you can implement into your everyday life, no matter how small they may seem.