We’ve all had those days where everything seems to go wrong. You forget to set your alarm clock in time to wake the kids for school. There’s a ton of traffic on your way to work. Your WiFi suddenly drops out during your live Peloton ride (the horror!).
Luckily, having more good days than bad isn’t just a stroke of luck. It’s a state of mind. In fact, carving out a few minutes each day for self-care rituals isn’t just a luxury or indulgence. It’s also helpful for maintaining good overall mental health.
Here, nine Peloton instructors share their favorite way to start their day on a positive note. (Pro tip: Bookmark this page so you can re-read it whenever you need a reminder to take care of yourself!)
“One thing I like to do for myself every day, no matter what, is pick up the guitar and make a little music. Whatever else is going on, it always makes me feel a little bit better.” —Denis Morton
“Photography! It just kind of lets me not think and pay attention to beautiful things that you see in New York City.” —Adrian Williams
“One thing I do is I write in my gratitude journal. It’s the first thing I do when I wake up and the last thing I do in the evening: three things I’m grateful for. It reminds me of the present time and how much we have to honor it and that my existence here matters, and it has purpose.” —Kendall Toole
Indulging in Self-Care
“Unapologetically, I allow myself ‘me’ time, whether that’s a 10-minute mask or watching my coffee brew for five minutes.” —Tunde Oyeneyin
“Every day I put on cologne, even though I’m going nowhere right now. It just makes me feel fresh. It makes me feel cute.” —Cody Rigsby
“I indulge in my coffee ritual. In between waiting for it to drip down, I stretch. I wake up my body and I breathe.” —Jess King
Moving and Grooving
“I have playlists for different moods, for different times of day. If I need a pick-me-up, I listen to more upbeat dance music.” —Emma Lovewell
“I walk my [dogs] every day four times. I aim for one of those four walks to be completely cell phone free.” —Jess Sims
“One thing I do on a daily basis is giving myself time to breathe, time to realize that sometimes I’m not okay and sometimes I am okay. But what I know is that I can smile, and I can think about the community that drives me, which is Peloton. That makes me realize that I will be okay.” —Becs Gentry
See how more of our instructors give back to themselves every day here!