I’ve never been to therapy. This certainly doesn’t mean that I’m saying I don’t need therapy. When I feel stretched to the point of thinking I do, I find it just means I’ve gotten out of touch.
Out of touch with myself (keep it clean folks.)
Important disclaimer: I’m not licensed to tell you what to do or give advice.
Over the past few years, I’ve started a few new habits. One is a daily glass of wine; another is making my bed every morning. The most valuable one though is morning pages.
Morning pages is a term coined by The Artist’s Way Author, Julia Cameron. It’s simply three full 8x10 pages of whatever vomit comes out of your brain first thing in the morning. Written longhand, no editing, and definitely no filter.
I’ve gotten in the habit of doing this every morning with my rocket fuel latte (a delicious combo of coffee, cocoa butter, hemp seeds, MCT oil, and vanilla stevia). It’s the best free therapy I’ve ever had. Maybe even better than wine.
How (and why) to do it:
It fuels creativity and the junk out the corners of our busy brains
Think about it like refilling your creative well. If it runneth dry, fill that shit up.
Use an 8x10 notebook, and write on three full pages, no abbreviating
Write whatever pops into your mind, WHATEVER - if you’re worried about someone reading it and thinking you’re insane, you’re doing it right
Buying a notebook that makes you feel good about writing morning pages helps
Here’s a short video from Julia Cameron, author of The Artist’s Way about them
With kids, some days it just doesn’t happen, or I just write one page. High-five yourself and move on. Don’t beat yourself up.
Whine and complain, let it all out
Don't re-read morning pages
They're for your eyes only. When you finish a notebook, burn (or recycle) the pages.
Look forward to the future and leave all your goals in here
Get the crap out of your head and get on with your day
Create a daily habit. Set your notebook out by your coffee cup, and take just 15 minutes. If you don't see a big difference in your clarity, your creativity, and your mental energy in six months, I want to know about it. I think they're all that and a bag of macadamia nuts.