For a while now I have valued the following things:
But I wasn't doing much to really live those values in my day to day life.
I knew that I wanted to embody those traits, but if I was being honest with myself, I wasn't.
One of the main things I learned from Nir Eyal's book, Indistractible, is that it is important to align your values with the time you spend everyday.
Recently I started a new morning routine:
30 minutes every morning:
- 10-12 minutes of yoga
- 9-11 minutes of journaling
- 8 minutes of meditation
Yoga is a great way to start your day by stretching and strengthening your body. I've found that if I don't exercise for 3-4 weeks, my body starts to get a lot of small aches and pains. I mix using videos from Yoga with Adriene and also some basic self-guided routines.
If you are like me, then you may not always do a great job processing how you feel. Sometimes I would find myself feeling super stressed out, but not always understanding why. I've been really surprised by how much it benefits me to just sit down and write out what I am thinking or feeling.
I suck at meditation, but I keep practicing. One thing that changed my mindset was thinking about it as a practice to better be in control of your mind and thoughts. By practicing trying to clear your mind, you are building muscle to be more intentional with it. For me it has already helped with tempering my stress and emotions, while also helping me mindfully avoid distractions better.
I quit my job 4 months ago and have been full-time indie hacking ever since. Mental health and consistency have probably been the two things I have struggled with the most. I hope this routine might help some of you overcome some of your own struggles!
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