Music, baby! Music is always the best medicine for me. And I'm perfectly okay with chair dancing! Favourite chair dancing playlist? Hmm. Top favs (and yes, they will probably date me) would have to be:
- Crowd-Pleasing Dance Pop or Uplifting Pop Motivation: Both are fun & not entirely filled with swearing... LOL.
- 90's Chore List Rump-Shakers: As good for chair dancing as it is for vacuuming or cleaning your desk...
- Every Summer Dance Party: this is just a random, fun playlist.
- New Jack Swing Anthems: this is fun if you grew up dancing to R&B in 80's or 90's.
- Lazy Summer: Best playlist ever. This is more of a laid back, serene, curtains-drawn, sun-shining-in type of playlist. I usually save it for weekends at the cottage, but this is one of my all-time favs.
Morning Yoga. This is new (like just a few weeks in) for me but I'm amazed at how awesome it feels to stretch and strengthen first thing in the morning. Depending on the day, I choose either a Gentle Morning Yoga (20 min video) or an Energizing Morning Sequence (24 min video) from my fav online Yoga teacher, Adriene. Definitely preps me for a long day. I try to do some yoga stretches here and there throughout the day to help combat the strain on my back from sitting at a desk (yuk) all day.
A short burst of exercise! If I wake up early enough and get a coffee into me pretty much right away (and therefore don't want to kill everyone around me), I find that jumping on the elliptical for 20 minutes to the tunes of The Drop-A-Beat Workout on Songza is the best way to start the day! NOTE: I only do this if I've gone to bed at a reasonable time the night before.
Change of scenery. Sometimes I work at my kitchen table. Sometimes at my desk on main floor. Sometimes in my upstairs mini-office with a view of the neighbourhoods below us (our house is on a bit of a hill). A change of scenery helps so much. This is particularly great for people with creative jobs.
Cleaning my work space or organizing my paperwork. I'm not crazy about cleaning but I can admit that a messy work space can mess with my head. I tend to let it build until I snap. And yes, I also have favourite tunes for this task. See above. lol
Organize my To Do list. I found that if I don't have an organized list of tasks to accomplish, I just become overwhelmed and get nowhere super-fast.
"Photo safaris" - but that might just be me: I love photography, so when I'm really feeling the need to feed my creativity, a photo safari can almost always do it! If you love taking pictures, this might be right up your alley as well. A photo safari means just grabbing my camera (I use a Nikon D90 or a D800 and a 24-70 f2.8 lens) and heading outside to take a walk and photograph the outdoors, whether its nature or architecture. Whatever floats your boat. Photo safaris are even more fun when the weather has thrown us a curve ball such as cool, early morning Fall fog or incredible snowy scenes like we just had a few weeks ago. I think anyone should use whatever camera they have. iPhones are particularly great if you don't have a pro cam.
Coffee = self-explanatory.