Updated June 2021

The Covid-19 pandemic has meant the vast majority of the world’s workforce had to start working from home. And whilst the pandemic is getting better in certain parts of the world, an awful lot of people are still, and might remain, working from home as companies are adapting to this new normal. 

When working from home it is essential you have an effective morning routine. What does your routne look like before you start work? Do you spend time scrolling social media, the news, do you postpone starting work? It is important to have effective mindfulness routines in the morning for several reasons: they set you up for the day, they help you focus, they increase productivity and it is good for your overall mental health.

Here are some of my mindfulness routines. I don’t do them all every morning, I mix them up. Except for no. 1! Obviously!

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Wake up on time

Now this might sound like an obvious one but this is one of the most effective mindfulness routines when you work from home AND this is not always easy. It is however paramount to starting your day right: Make sure you get up on time! I get up at 6 am. I have a glass of water and depending on what my next mindfulness activity is I have a shower and get ready for the day.

Journaling

I journal before I start my working day and it has really helped me improve my focus for the day. I use it to organise my thoughts and make them apprehensible. Sometimes this means it functions as a brain dump, so I can get all the thoughts and ideas that I have in my head on paper. Sometimes it means I am doodling or writing down ideas I have for my business. It all depends on how I am feeling that morning.

This past year with the pandemic it has also functioned as a gratefulness journal; every day I write 2-3 things down I am grateful for. 

Journaling has many advantages, it helps improve your writing skills, it relieves stress, it boosts your memory and it is great for self-reflection. 

When you start buy yourself a beautiful notebook and pen as this makes it more special and will make you want to write!

Meditating

Another effective mindfulness routine when you are working from home is meditation. I started meditating a couple of years ago. At the time it was because I had no job and was not coping very well with not working. Meditation helped me become more aware of my body and state of mind. Research has shown that meditation has the potential of more than just temporary stress relief. It improves physical well-being and emotional health.

When I meditate, I usually do it early in the morning or late afternoon. I either do progressive relaxation or breath awareness meditation. Progressive relaxation is also called ‘body scan’ as it is the practice where you concentrate on different parts of your body to see where there is tension so you can release it. Breath awareness meditation concentrates, as the name says, on breathing techniques. 

If you don’t know where to start, go to the app store and have a look, there is loads of different apps that can help you.

Exercise

No matter the time of year, 3 times a week, early in the morning I go outside to exercise. This is usually a walk. Walking is part of my weekly routine, I cannot not walk in the morning. Early exercise makes you feel more energised and prepared for the day, it increases the mood because of the increase in endorphins, serotonin and dopamine and the body’s cortisol levels (stress hormones) decrease. On top of that exercise helps relieve tension and relax your muscles. 

Because of exercising I also sleep better in the evening. Research has shown that people who exercise early in the morning experience a deeper, longer sleep than people who exercise in the afternoon or evening. 

Visualisation

Visualisation is a very effective mindfulness routine which you can adopt when working from home. I started doing this after I read Tara Mohr’s book ‘Playing Big’. I mentioned Tara and her book in my blog ‘Here is why change is good’. Tara teaches about the inner critic and the inner mentor. 

The inner mentor is the person you want to be in the future. In other words, where do you want to be in 10-15 years time, privately and professionally. You visualise yourself in the future: Where do you live, what do you look like, what stage is your business at, what does your day look like, how many clients do you have, how many people work for you etc etc. It gives you a clear view of where you want to be in x amount of years and what you need to do now to get there. 

Conclusion

Mindfulness routines help me set myself up for the day, they help me be more focused, productive and have increased my mental health. 

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Do you have other routines that help you? I would love to hear about them. 

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