10X your Microdosing Practice with these 8 Habits
Microdosing is what I call a subtle but potent practice. Some notice the effects immediately, while others can sometimes take a few weeks to notice. Sooner or later, you will know how you feel about microdosing psilocybin and how it impacts your life.
Here below, I’ve compiled some practices and habits that will not only help you notice the effects of microdosing in your life sooner, but arguably in more potent ways.
Each of the practices listed is simple, fairly accessible, and worth experimenting with.
Remember: microdosing is not a silver bullet.
Rather, I define it as a leg up to help us to improve the quality of our lives, the tone of our perspective, and our behaviors.
Here’s what I invite you to experiment with in your lives and during your microdosing practice.
Breathwork is very powerful. Ranging from box breathing to kundalini breathwork and including the physiological sigh.
Intentional breathwork is not only going to help stabilize your mood and focus but will also provide your brain with an adequate amount of oxygenation for ideal performance and cognition.
To learn more about the different types of breathwork, Othership is leading the way with its highly-rated app.
The meaning of Yoga is union. To be and feel united with ourselves and the world around us.
Correct breathing is also part of any yoga practice. Practicing balance, presence, and breathwork while microdosing not only helps us find our sweet spot but is conducive to noticing when our behaviors and perspectives start to change and improve.
One of my favorite ways to practice yoga is with Boho Beautiful. The clear instructions, stunning locations, and lots of free content for all different fitness levels, this is a well-thought-out and wonderfully executed yoga platform.
3. Play, Adventure, Exploration
New experiences are vital to a sense of well-being. Exposing ourselves to the potential of feeling awe is medicine in it.
While microdosing, it is deeply valuable to lean into adventure, playtime, and exploration.
Spending time in nature, time with children and animals, or while enjoying a hobby, exposing ourselves to such experiences is an amplifier of any microdosing practice.
The term ‘sub-perceptual’ dose is something that is currently being discussed within the industry.
The argument is that there is a felt sense when microdosing, which there is. A felt sense, but not a buzz of feeling high. This rather elusive nuance is likely to be noticed more by those that meditate regularly.
Allowing ourselves to drop into our bodies, clear our minds and be still will add many valuable layers to your microdosing practice.
Headspace is an excellent resource to get you started.
5. Cold Exposure
Cold water immersion is nearly a hotter topic than microdosing these days.
I believe that the benefits of cold water immersion are still being explored and discovered and suffice it to say that based on what we know now, this is a deeply beneficial practice in general.
Cold water exposure in itself clears our minds and resets our bodies in very potent ways. Combining this practice while microdosing is a powerful combination.
6. Resistance Training
Resistance training is no longer something that would be nice to do, it’s vital.
The cognitive and physiological benefits of resistance training are potent and not to be dismissed. Different than a cardiovascular routine or a weight lifting protocol, resistance training is currently being researched for its ability to promote neuroplasticity.
Including resistance training several times a week while microdosing is a way to turbo-charge your practice and your overall well-being.
Here’s a very popular video to get you started!
7. Journaling / Tracking
Last but not least, journaling or tracking.
I consider this to be a foundational aspect of any microdosing practice. One to which the other practices like breathing, yoga, and meditation, all rest. When we track our microdosing journey, we not only track our doses but also include other metrics of success such as the practices mentioned above. The act of tracking our resistance training sessions, cold water exposure or, yoga class, we are likely to perform them more often.
The act of journaling our thoughts in longer form allows us to run the hose on our emotions. Let our thoughts live on paper so that we can execute our lives from a more centered perspective.
Tracking and journaling are not only impactful to our microdosing practice, but I would argue that they are vital.
Technically, a gratitude practice could nestle itself nicely into our journaling process but let me share with you how I do gratitude.
I have two techniques; one is called PROnoia and the other is Bookmarking.
PROnoia is noting all the things that didn’t go wrong. Things like not tripping down the stairs earlier or getting into a car accident on my way to a meeting or simply not having a toothache today.
I don’t normally have toothaches, and noticing the enjoyment of not having that kind of pain right now is just fantastic!
Bookmarking is when the planets align and I experience a sense of peace and awe. A sense of awe when in nature, a sense of peace when at home alone, or in the face of something absolutely delightful.
I bookmark the sensation in my body, the thoughts in my mind and my perspective at large. I put a pin in it like a GPS tracker so I can easily find my way back to those feelings on days that are more challenging.
9. Random Acts of Kindness
This bonus habit may seem out of place, but hear me out.
When we are microdosing, there is a lightness of being that is hard to describe with words. There is a subtle but potent newfound level of emotional resiliency.
When we feel like we can cope and when we don’t feel like we are drowning. We don’t feel panicked, we are entirely different versions of ourselves.
From this new vantage point, performing random acts of kindness is so thrilling and also wildly exhilarating. Secretly paying for someone’s lunch, or leaving a sweet but anonymous note on a car windshield feels good, really really good.
Not taking any credit for a random act of kindness we’ve carried out is a beautiful secret to hold in our hearts.
Sharing our lightness of being, quietly and secretly only multiples and amplifies the happy vibes in our lives. I promise that this is a practice worth trying.
Do something kind for someone today, and remember, don’t take the credit and especially don’t let anyone find out about it!
10. Reduce and/or Eliminate
This list would not be complete if I didn’t mention the benefit of eliminating and reducing certain behaviors, habits, and practices.
Although there is no steadfast rule against smoking, drinking alcohol, or coffee while microdosing, you may notice that reducing or eliminating them will boost any microdosing practice and overall quality of life.
As per one of my favorite quotes, Bruce Lee said: “Absorb what is useful, discard what is useless, and add what is specifically your own”.
My invitation is that you experiment with the habits that most interest you and leave the rest. Explore what currently resonates and see how that feels in your body and how that fits into your life.
What have you learned about yourself since microdosing? What other habits have you included with your microdosing practice? Is there anything I’ve left out in my list above?
As always, flow strong.