According to research, some morning activities are more helpful and effective than others. These include exercising, meditating, journaling, making your bed, and not hitting the snooze button.
When we're dealing with difficult times, turning to healthy distractions can help. One of my favorites is journaling: It's a great way to get to know ourselves better, get grounded, reconnect to our imagination, and brighten our perspective.
When you're traversing unprecedented times like a pandemic, your mind can easily veer off into a dark, bleak place. You might feel anxious and depressed, scared and exhausted. You might waver between Oh this isn't so bad! and The world is falling apart!
We tend to think that everything around us needs to be falling apart in order to see a mental health professional. Or we might not realize that the seemingly helpful habits we're engaging in are actually sabotaging us and leaving us stuck.
There's something you want to do. Really want to do. Maybe it's writing a book. Maybe it's switching careers. Maybe it's going back to school. Maybe it's taking voice or dance lessons. Maybe it's starting your own business. Maybe it's taking on some other meaningful project or making some other meaningful change.
We need certain items, objects, habits, and perspectives at different points in our lives, during different phases and circumstances. And then we need to let them go.
How often do you focus on other people's behavior instead of your own? How often do you think their behavior is to blame for the state of the relationship---or the cause of your overall persistent discontent?