Finding my baseline

I’ve been thinking a lot about this quote:

Sometimes unsolvable questions like “what is my purpose?” and “why should I exist?” lose their force upon lifestyle fixes. In other words, seeing friends regularly and getting enough sleep can go a long way to solving existentialism.


I like this idea of checking my baseline whenever my inner voice starts flipping out. So far, here’s how I am defining my baseline:

  • Slept at least 7 hours
  • Well hydrated (gallon per day)
  • Didn’t skip my run/workout
  • Haven’t binged on junky carbs
  • Took my vitamins
  • Working no more than 40 hours
  • Journaled that day

If anything is wrong in my life – say I’m losing my temper with the kids, I’m stressed at work, or I’m not communicating well with Nancy – then one of those things is probably false. When I’m not meeting my baseline, then all bets are off.

So now I have a checklist to run through whenever I’m in a bad place. How do you define your baseline?

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