I have a morning practice that includes reading, writing inspirational social media posts, prayer, meditation, journaling, inversion, exercise, and restorative yoga. Once I finish my daily routine I am usually mentally, emotionally, and physically fit for the 1.5 to 2-hour commutes into the city for work.
Since the pandemic, what has helped me to jump-start my days without a commute is to get dressed, go for a cup of coffee, and drive for brief visits to nature lookouts, parks, beaches, and historic sites. I don’t stay long. Just long enough to feel like I am treating myself to a mini-vacation.
I may watch the sunrise over the Atlantic or a skyline view of the seashore town below or walk on the boardwalk over monmouth sized rocks.
I am out of the house at least an hour, maybe more, but I come back to my home office refreshed, invigorated, and ready to work. Maybe its the breeze, fresh air, or the recognition that there is life beyond the front door. Whatever it is… it works for me.