MVP: Five minutes can alter the direction of your day
In February, I started a 12-week course called The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity by Julia Cameron. It changed the way I talked to myself and engrained some positive habits. One of those habits is morning pages.
Essentially, before doing anything else after waking up (except making coffee of course) you write three pages. You can write whatever you want, but the idea is to get all of your thoughts and worries out of your head so you can be less disrupted by them later.
This week, I urge you to write as soon as you wake up. If three pages sounds like a lot, start with five minutes. Set the timer for five minutes, that’s all. Write what you are feeling, what you’re dreading, or maybe what you need to do that day. Get out all of your worries or thoughts that take up your space and energy.
After you do it, ask yourself if you feel any different. Is your mind quieter? Is your jaw less clenched or your breathing a little deeper?
Though I know writing down your stressors or spiraling thoughts first thing in the morning won’t make them disappear, spending any amount of time with them means they exist somewhere other than inside your mind. Maybe they are a little less powerful now.
Five minutes. See how spending five minutes with your thoughts and emotions can transform your day.