Six weeks ago I think I would have told myself that the year was off to a great start. I was off to a great start of many of my goals, we were just about out of the winter blues and spring (and warmth) would be plentiful in the midwest.
Then COVID-19 happened and man did it happen. For the first week or two I felt like I checked the markets and twitter about 50 times a day. I felt FOMO probably harder than I ever have.
It wasn’t healthy. I was always anxious and wasn’t sleeping that great. Even as of a week or so ago I was consuming everything I could on the virus, what needs to be done and watching every presidential talk.
Enough is enough
I finally hit the wall where enough is enough. I needed to take a break and just try and be normal.
Don’t worry about the stock market.
Those were my goals and they helped immensely. However, even after I took those steps to try and gain some normalcy I still feel there is something missing. Life just wasn’t right (for obvious reasons).
As I write this today I’m deciding to narrow my focus.
Simplify my morning routine
Before all of this went down I’d say I had a pretty solid morning routine. I’d meditate, read the bible, work on my blog and workout. Each day I did this I really felt like I was winning the day before I even stepped outside the door.
These days I’m lucky to get out of bed in time to go to work. I’ve needed 1.5-2.5 more hours of sleep each night due the high anxiety nature of my days anymore.
I know we are all there. I know we are all hurting, worried & looking for answers.
I’ve decided I’m going to not try and shoot for the moon with my morning routine. While I believe focus is important at all times I think its even more important during times of chaos.
For the forseeable future I’m not trying to win any awards with my 2020 performance. My goal is to be a cockroach. Just survive at all costs and focus on the emotional, physical and spiritual well being of myself and my family.
Rather than win each morning my new mindset is simply to control each morning. Even if I just wake up in time to get the blood pumping.
My plea to you
If you are feeling the stress and anxiety like me try and simplify your priorities. Don’t try and be superman or superwoman with your task list for the day. Start small. Start simple and go for the easy wins.
I’m afraid to say it but I think this chaos in the news and markets is going to be the norm for the next several months.
In times of chaos just simplify your life and narrow your focus. Be a cockroach and survive.