Hey guys! If you have kept up with my blog, you would know that this whole working from home thing is taking a toll on my mental health. I am extremely grateful that I have the opportunity to work from home, however it does take a toll on me. I really miss socializing with people outside of my family on a daily basis. I am someone who loves leaving the house and experiencing life in a more creative way. In the beginning of my time working from home, I had an amazing schedule! I was waking up early, working out, making myself a smoothie- doing all the things! At that point, I was staying home all the time and actually kind of loving it. I enjoyed my routine and stepping out in public felt very risky, so I thrived at home. Now that months and months have gone by, I am having more difficult time finding peace with being at home. I realized that although sleeping in is nice, I am not the type of person who feels inspired when I wake up with just enough time to get ready for work. I prefer starting my days by doing something more for myself. It helps me to feel more in control and like I am an active participant in deciding my actions.
Since I am a coffee lover, and my morning cup is one of my favorite parts of the day, I decided to add a level of intentionality to that moment by treating myself to a specialty cup before work in the mornings. At first I would make my way to the local Starbucks or another speciality shop just a couple minutes away. After doing that for a couple days I realized that I really liked how nice it felt to get out of the house before work (maybe that morning commute wasn’t so bad after all). I decided to crank up this new morning ritual a notch by grabbing my coffee at one of my favorite coffee shops, Rey Sol, in Ridgewood, NJ. I love this Colombian coffee shop because they have delicious drinks and unique presentations for each and every cup. Last time I went there the barista made my coffee with coffee ice cubes shaped like a bear! I mean c’mon, you don’t get anymore creative than that. Another thing I love about this shop is how aesthetically pleasing it is. They put a lot of effort into their layout and it definitely shows. Being in a creative and beautiful environment sets the tone for my day and helps me to feel more creative and productive.
Not only do I love going to Rey Sol before work in the morning because the coffee is rich and the interior design is on point, but I also love the fact that I have to drive 10-15 minutes in order to get there. This commute gives me time to really wake up and settle into my day in a relaxing way. I am one of those people who love driving, especially if I can take a more scenic route. I love putting on music or a podcast as I take my time to drive through my beautiful town and start my morning slowly. It is a much better alternative to waking up at 8:59, whipping out my laptop and throwing myself into emails and Excel spreadsheets. This also forces me to get out of my pajamas and into something a little more presentable. I love fashion, so changing as soon as I wake up helps to improve my mood (even if sometimes I feel too lazy to do it).
I hope my experience can inspire you guys to start your day in a more peaceful and intentional way. Working from home (and working in general) can be rough, but there are always silver linings and healthy habits you can incorporate to make the experience something to look forward to. How do you spend your mornings before work? Comment below!
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