I have been doing morning pages for a few months now and have noticed a big difference in my every day life.
I had always heard everyone saying that if you are feeling overwhelmed or stressed taking on your day, one of the best ways to combat it is through Morning Pages.
I feel like there are different variations of Morning Pages but the general understanding is that the first thing you do when you wake up is Morning Pages. You write whatever is on your mind and you have to write 3 pages. To be honest, I don’t follow all the rules about this. Sometimes it’s not the very first thing I do in the morning but it is definitely something I do as part of my morning routine prior to starting any other work. Some days I did it prior to my workout and sometimes after but I made sure to get it done. Lately, I have found that I stick to just 2 pages most days instead of 3 and haven’t seen any dramatic difference because I was still getting my thoughts on paper.
So what do you write about? I don’t know if you’re like me but my brain is constantly in overdrive and I have a thousand thoughts racing in my head. So writing openly about what is on my mind is generally easy. You can write about many different things:
What are you grateful for?
What is something that’s bothering you?
Did you get a good sleep?
What do you have planned for the day?
What are your intentions for the day?
What step can you take today to get closer to the life you want?
What are your goals this week?
Why is Beyonce so perfect?
There are many things you can write about.
So…What is the benefit of doing this?
This method was actually invented for artists in order to help them overcome their mental blocks.
For one thing you are getting real with yourself to some level because it requires you to put your feelings on paper and essentially release them. But for others, it helps you to gain mental clarity while overcoming feelings of being stuck or overwhelmed, especially for people like myself who find themselves mentally disorganized.
I talk about other ways to help overcome stress and anxiety in my prior post. Make sure to take a look at those tips as well!
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