this is a great question, and doesn’t apply just to the stressful consulting lifestyle. I personally experimented a lot of stress during my time at BCG, as an entrepreneur when we risked to run out of money and shut down the company, when the relationship with significant others took a downward spiral. Several times I put too much pressure on myself, which resulted in useless stressful situations and strained relationships.
Until I discovered the importance of a morning routine.
Following a morning routine completely changed my life, my vision of what is really important for me and my attitude towards other people. It allowed me to accomplish more and decrease consistently the level of stress I was feeling. It taught me how to wake up early regularly, feel in great shape and understand what I really wanted to achieve in my life. And this is something you can do even if you have a very limited amount of time in the morning.
A good book on the topic is The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod, which includes a description of all the key steps for a great morning routine. If you feel stressed, I strongly recommend you read it and start to apply it. It is really key that you do this regularly though – even if you can dedicate just a few minutes every day (the book also explains how to do a morning routine in 6 minutes).
Some of the most important things you can include in your morning routine are the following:
- Write a diary
- Experiment gratitude
- Visualize your goals
If you start performing a regular morning routine, I can guarantee you will not only release stress but understand a lot better who you are and what is your true goal and meaning in this world.
Hope this helps,