A while ago on another thread we were discussing how a daily schedule or routine can help stop your mind wandering, lower anxiety levels and increase focus when it is needed....
I recently came across some rather interesting methods that high achieving Olympic athletes use.
A sports psychologist had this to say - 'Find something that clears the mind and allows you to focus on the right thing at the right time'.
These champions got to where they are by being in control of what they can control - what do they do?
Nicola McDermott - Silver medallist high jumper - doodles in her notepad between jumps.
Harry Garside - Silver medallist boxer - takes extra care to prepare a neat and tidy room before each fight.
Tom Daley - Bronze medallist diver - knits busily between every dive!
As unexpected as these methods are, they all reflect the same thing and are about rhythms or routines that can be controlled.
This got me thinking about if I do anything like this and sure enough, I have a fixed habit or routine before any major activity. For example before a longer bike ride I have an orange juice, half a banana, check my tyres, check my lights, go over my list eg shoes, helmet, gloves etc, and make sure I am dressed for the weather forecast. It I am disturbed in this routine I have to think where I am at and almost start again!
Just wondering if anyone else has a routine or rhythm that they find useful to calm anxiety and help focus?
Regards, The Bro