The other day my mom asked, “Do you still make your bed every day?” “Yes,” I replied. She laughed and said, “It’s pretty amazing. You’ve always made your bed. Me too,” she said.
We talked about how important this 2-minute ritual is to give us structure, focus and clarity at the beginning of our day. It creates closure to the past night and opens up space for a new day. It helps ground us in the present, creates order and a sense of control, especially when it’s night again.
If you haven’t seen this viral video, Admiral William McRaven says it best: “If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed.”
Last week, I mused on the helpfulness of grounding into the earth as a way to renew our energy and realign our jittery nervous systems. This week I’ve been thinking about other ways to further help us regain our sense of presence, clarity and alignment as the world outside continues to spiral in challenging ways.
Experts estimate that on average we are only about 20% mentally present in the moment. Our energy is all over the place – in the past and future, not in the now; not in this moment. When we focus on bringing our energy back to our self, our critical thinking, creative abilities and decision-making capacity improves.
So, beyond making your bed, here’s a quick exercise to reclaim your focus and power.
Close your eyes. As you breathe in, ask yourself to pull your energy back into your core, back into your heart and your mind. Try this exercise a few times a day for a minute or two. Straighten your spine, close your eyes and just concentrate on breathing in your energy back to you. What does it feel like? What shifts inside? What new insights come?
Whether it’s making my bed or breathing back in my overstretched energy, these practices strengthen my inner trust in the idea that how I show up becomes more important than what is happening around me. These habits deepen my sense of presence and widen my vision around choices in how to carry on.
What activities give you the daily consistency, clarity and structure to build your flywheel of the energy most needed now?
Here’s to our daily rituals and increasing our sense of presence.