Survival-mode is the best motivator.
4 years ago, here are the decisions I made for my life…
- Quit my job
- No job in the works
- A regular breakfast of chocolate eclairs, espresso, washed down with red bull
Having no job made my subconscious go into survival mode. Made me focus only on decisions that helped me move forward.
(nb: I made a conscious decision to quit my job of 5 years in high stress environment to give my head some breathing room before I made any major decisions for myself)
Step 1. Stop treating my stomach like a garbage bin.
It was affecting my energy levels and my ability to be productive throughout the day. And the lack of meal planning meant I was wasting time scavenging for quick-fix foods at all hours (and what felt like a million trips to the work kitchenette or $$ on the cafe downstairs).
Outcome? Make a commitment to take one small step. The tiniest step I could take, toward survival.
Step 2. Bring some stability to my life at a time when I wasn’t certain of anything.
I’m someone who always feels like they’re falling behind and needs to keep up otherwise I’ll get left behind. So waking up on day one of my career hiatus was scary.
Outcome? Create a ritual.
Something small to ground me in reality and not let me drift into sleeping-in and aimlessness for the hiatus. Those behaviours weren’t going to help me survive or move forward.
My version of a tiny ritual…a simple daily green juice:
- 1 cup of water
- 1/4 or 1/2 cup of apple juice (dependant on how much sweetness you need)
- 1 banana
- 2 tablespoons of greek yogurt
- 1 tablespoon of chia seeds
- 1 tablespoon of goji berries
- 1 tablespoon of macca powder
I blend everything till it’s thin enough to drink.
Then I drink.
I think I love the ritual more than the juice itself. The juice is delicious, but the ritual is my meditation.
I had tried real meditation a couple of times and couldn’t get into it. I’m too functional-minded to just sit. With my juice, I’m doing something, but in silence.
No device distractions. Just juicing.
I even take time to wash and dry everything before I do anything else.
It’s like my morning coffee run at work. I could get a coffee machine for home and have a cup before I even leave the house, or even skip it altogether, because I don’t really need (or sometimes even want) it.
But I love the daily ritual of saying to myself “OK, time to step out and invest the next few minutes on me”.
Grab my wallet and my Keepcup. Take the elevator to the ground floor. Walk out to my ‘local’ and order my Soy Chai Latte.
A simple action, resulting in a guaranteed outcome. What could be better in life?!?
What’s your #RitualAtHome that gives you comfort?