The sun is shining, the Spotify playlist is on point, the baby is giggling…[revision: crying and overtired, I actually had to come back an hour later to finish writing this.]
Regardless of Townes’s temperament, the fact that I look exactly how I did when I woke up this morning, am sleep-deprived, haven’t eaten lunch or taken care of about 5 things I thought I would have done by now (and, let’s be honest, some other personal struggles too), today is shaping up to be a great one. It’s all in my mindset.
As an elementary teacher, I was pretty adamant about the imperativeness of social-emotional learning as the foundation for academic learning and overall thriving. When my students’ emotions were not tended to or they didn’t yet possess the adequate tools to respond to situations appropriately, learning would seldom take place. Memory and critical thinking were always obstructed if there were unresolved issues at hand. One practice we would implement when things felt overwhelming or the tenor of the room seemed heavy and hindered was mindfulness. We’d take 5 minutes to recenter, take deep breaths, and oftentimes share gratitudes. This practice almost always transformed the course of our learning day.
Even though I am no longer in the classroom or an extremely high stress environment, I certainly still encounter moments where I need to recenter. I have to do this often because, to be completely frank, I struggle big time with negativity. One way I recenter is to create something, whether it’s a doodle or this super simple (yet beautiful) smoked salmon tartine, creating always brings me back.
Another simple way I recenter is to write a gratitude list. I have an email chain with a couple of friends and we aim to share a daily list of ~10 gratitudes. This has honestly shifted my entire mental landscape.
What are you grateful for today?
- 4 pieces thinly sliced grain bread (ie Ezekial)
- goat/cream cheese or avocado
- 4 oz wild smoked salmon
- thinly sliced watermelon radished (or regular radishes)
- microgreens or sprouts (ie sunflower, radish)
- juice of half a lemon
- cracked black pepper
- Toast the bread and spread goat/cream cheese or avocado on top. Slice in half and top with smoked salmon, radishes, microgreens, a squeeze of lemon and freshly cracked black pepper.