These tactics have been working for me the past few days as I start planning my trip back to Arizona at the end of the month, finish up contract work, prep for a second phone interview with a company in Nashville, and prepare for a potential new contract opportunity.
1. Start the day in the Word.
I've started participating in the daily devotionals over at She Reads Truth. Starting my day rooted in Christ and reminding myself of His truth and promises helps me enter my day with mindset that I'm not alone in this and He has my back no matter what the day holds.
2. Write a daily to-do list.
Go into the day with a game plan. Write down the things you know you need to get done and throw in some little wins as well—like washing the dishes, folding laundry, and cleaning up your email. Those little wins are a great confidence booster. Seeing everything checked off your list at the end of the day lets you know that you accomplished what you needed to—that way you don't feel guilty when evening rolls around and you want to relax and catch up on The Bachelor.
3. Find the right playlist.
Music is known to soothe anxiety and reduce pain. So finding the right tunes to get me through my day is crucial. For me, the morning starts off with one of the Spotify Christian playlists (Browse > Genres & Moods > Christian). COFFEEHOUSE CHILL and Christian Mix are a few good ones. By afternoon, I mix it up a little with one of Spotify's featured playlists (Browse > Overview). Today's was Folk Rock Chill.
Bonus tip: Pair the above with a cup of good hot coffee.