Ohh mornings, they can be a struggle, we can love them or dislike everything about them. There are the snooze buttons, the 5 more minutes, the OMG do I have to get up.
How we start our Mornings set up our day.
Some very influential people set up their mornings and look forward to them. Some of them are:
Why does it matter how we start the day?
Have you ever started the morning sleeping in, not looking forward to the day, you are late, spill things on your clothes, the cat throws up, the kids are moving at snail speed?
We have all been there, right? You just want to go back to bed and start the day again. And at the end of the day, you think, man that day sucked. You said FML about 20 times.
“Take excellent care of the front end of your day, and the rest of your day will pretty much take care of itself" Robin Sharma.
What if we could have the opposite effect on our day? We start with feeling amazing, we ooze positive, we are excited for all the day has for us? What would that day look like? A lot different I am sure. We might even stop and listen to the bird's chirp or notice more around us.
10 Powerful Things to do each morning.
1- Say out loud before you get out of bed. "This is going to be the Best Day Ever. This will bring in your mind the positive, and let your mind focus on this before the thoughts of the day come into your mind. Say it with energy and excitement.
2 - Write down or think about 3 things you are grateful for. What is around you that bring you joy, what are you happy for? It can be the fact you woke up, you are lying beside a loving partner, that you are single. The sun shining. Come up with 3 things.
4 - Move your Body. Get the blood flowing. When I first wake up I like to do some light stretches get out any kinks that might be there from the night before. After I eat I go for a run or a walk. I like doing my workouts in the morning so if the day goes sideways and I am needed at different places my work out is done.
5 - Journal. I have had a journal for years, I would now be lost without writing in mine. I write about my goals, my success what's going on in my life. Its a brain dump that I right all that is happening, I get out all that I am feeling. It's a good place for self-reflection I can reread what I wrote. Need help with Journals, check out a blog I wrote.
6 - Take some time to sit in silence. 5 minutes to collect your thoughts. We need more of a slow time in our lives. Take the time to breathe, meditate and enjoy the silence.
7 - Read. Grab a book and read. There are so many that are my favorites. I tend to read empowerment books, I start my day wanting to conquer the world, be better and inspired.
8 - Eat a good Breakfast. We have heard lots of talk about fasting, no breakfast a quick breakfast. Trust me I have done them all. What I know is when I have a good hearty breakfast my energy is up. I have a variety of goodness, fruit, overnight oats, smoothie. And also like the morning workouts, if my day goes from calm to chaos, I have had 1 good meal
9 - Make your bed. Yes, I am serious. I know as a kid I couldn't wait to leave home so I would never have to make my bed again. Something magical happens when we make our bed. It gives us pride in our room, and its the first task of the day. We accomplish it and we can go on to do more. Our rooms look organized and bring on a mellow vibe instead of chaos.
Trust me I was against this, but I am a firm believer now in making your bed.
10 - Set Intentions for the day. How do you want this day to be? What do you want to see, do be? Write them out. Today is going to be the best day ever. I will feel.... I will accomplish....I will be.. Shoot for the moon, claim the day before it claims you.
10.5 - Coffee. You didn't think I would forget coffee? This is a must in my mornings. I have tried giving it up, worst times ever. :) Coffee is my jam. I love it and a must to my mornings.
Something to think about.
Changing your morning routine is that change. Embrace it, it will take time. Notice the differences in your family, in you, how you approach the mornings. Be kind to yourself and ease into it. Write down why you want to change, what's in it for you? This will come in handy when the temptation is there to hit the snooze button.
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