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Minimum Baselines: Tips for Low Energy Days

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We all experience those days when even the simplest tasks seem impossible. The weight of responsibilities and emotions can leave us feeling immobilized, making it difficult to imagine accomplishing anything at all. In such moments, implementing a concept known as minimum baselines can be a game-changer. This blog post aims to shed light on what minimum baselines are and how they can help us navigate even the most challenging days when getting out of bed feels nearly impossible.


Understanding Minimum Baselines


Minimum baselines refer to the minimal, achievable goals we set for ourselves on difficult days. They are designed to be flexible, realistic, and compassionate towards our mental and physical limitations. The purpose of establishing minimum baselines is not to push ourselves beyond our capabilities but rather to provide us with a sense of structure and accomplishment, despite the challenging circumstances.


Setting Your Minimum Baseline:

  1. Start by assessing your needs: Take a moment to reflect on what tasks or activities are essential for your well-being on challenging days. It could be as simple as taking a shower, preparing a healthy meal, or engaging in a brief mindfulness practice.

  2. Simplify and break it down: Once you have identified your essential tasks, break them down into smaller, manageable steps. This will help reduce feelings of overwhelm and make them more attainable.

  3. Set realistic expectations: Keep in mind that your minimum baselines should be tailored to your energy levels and limitations. Adjust your goals according to what you think you can genuinely achieve on that particular day.

  4. Embrace flexibility: Understand that minimum baselines are not set in stone. They are meant to adapt to your current circumstances. Be kind to yourself and allow for necessary adjustments if needed.


Which brings us to,


The Fourth Agreement - Always Do Your Best


The fourth agreement, as described in Don Miguel Ruiz's book "The Four Agreements," is about committing to always doing your best. It reminds us that our best varies from one moment to another due to external circumstances and our current state. When facing challenging days, minimum baselines align perfectly with the fourth agreement as they allow us to do our best within the limitations of our energy and capabilities.


Benefits of Minimum Baselines:

  1. Boosted sense of accomplishment: By accomplishing even the smallest tasks, you can regain a sense of accomplishment and progress, providing valuable motivation to continue navigating through the day.

  2. Enhanced well-being: Minimum baselines focus on maintaining your well-being on challenging days. Engaging in self-care practices can alleviate stress, improve mood, and restore a sense of balance.

  3. Reduced pressure and guilt: Rather than overwhelming yourself with an exhaustive to-do list that seems unattainable, setting minimum baselines reduces pressure and alleviates guilt. It enables you to prioritize self-care and helps you recognize that doing the best you can is enough.

  4. Building resilience: Practicing minimum baselines during difficult periods can equip you with valuable resilience skills. It teaches you to adapt, be flexible, and find gratification in the small wins, ultimately empowering you to face future challenges more effectively.




Implementing minimum baselines can be a powerful tool for navigating challenging days when getting out of bed feels like an insurmountable task. By setting realistic goals, adapting to your limitations, and practicing self-compassion, you can regain a sense of control and accomplishment, even in the face of adversity. Remember, it's not about how much you achieve but rather about recognizing and valuing the small steps you take towards your own well-being. So, on those challenging days, embrace minimum baselines as a way to honor yourself and your journey.


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