As human beings, we naturally think about things right? We think of everything going on in our lives, what’s next, to-do lists, money, family, friends, bills, career, the neighbor, your kid's friend's birthday present, the list goes on. It can be overwhelming. So overwhelming. And stressful.
Stress is a way our body reacts to a stimulus (i.e. a conversation with a spouse, money problems, work, etc) our bodies react to that stimulus in a way that can send our mind and bodies into overdrive. A fight or flight response. We allow ourselves to literally live in adrenaline zone. What happens when we just let that thought, situation or that stress linger? Anxiety, depression, overeating, overspending, or overindulging occurs.
Everyone deals with stress differently. How we deal with it is what is important to our well-being.
Do you push it aside with the hopes it goes away? Do you worry about it constantly? Where do you put all this energy that goes into a stress response?
Over time, our mind and bodies can’t handle the stress. We then get sick, lose sleep, short of patience, or numb our worries in other not so great things.
So what the heck do we do?
I want to challenge you.
For this week, the minute you wake up- before you have your coffee or tea, breakfast, or check any social media or email- journal. Journal whatever comes to mind. It doesn’t have to make sense or be complete sentences. Just write down what you have to do, what you want to do, to-do lists, anxieties, worries, dreams you had the night before, dreams you want to accomplish, any and every thought.You are allowing yourself to be open, vulnerable, opinionated--where you can just be yourself and vent. It may seem weird at first, but over time it feels good. I promise.
Morning pages are a way to express on paper what our brains are experiencing. Before we have the chance to get up or fully wake up. It’s a way of creating a habit, in which gives us benefits such as clarity, mindfulness, better decision making, achieving goals, and self-confidence.
5 or 10 minutes to allow your mind to wonder. Who knows where it will take you!
Even if you don’t know what to write for the allotted time- “ I don’t know what to write” over and over is okay too!
Create space in your brain. It may all seem like negative writing at first, but I promise you over time it turns into a creative space. Allowing good stuff to rise and change your perspective. To live your best self.
Here are some examples of things you can write down in your morning pages:
- Three things you’ve never done, but would like to try
- One thing that scares others, but not you
- Three things in your life that are changing
- One thing you’re thinking about, but not quite ready to talk about
- Two things that have happened for this year so far
- Three things that mean a lot
- Five things you are putting off doing
- Three worst possible things that could happen if you did those said above things
- Three things you can do to take action
I’d love to hear back from y’all! Comment below or shoot me an email @ firstname.lastname@example.org