Do you wake to the sound of a jarring alarm, hit the snooze button, groan as you cover your head with your pillow and mumble something about dreading the day ahead?
Ever heard the term, “What you think, you create”? Put two and two together and you have the formula for a disastrous day.
Now I’m not saying that waking up before the sun to birds chirping is for everyone, but your mood in the morning sets the rhythm for your day and your long term health.
Irritability leads to stress.
And stress is one of the top health issues in peoples’ lives today.
The way we wake up is a habit and habits can be changed. But as with making any changes to your daily life’s patterns, it may take time. Yes, you will need to get up 10 – 20 minutes earlier, but the results are well worth it – not only for you, but for those around you!
It actually starts with what you do the EVENING BEFORE. Those activities affect the quality of your sleep which affects your ability to wake up early. Going to bed after a heavy dinner or an argument,or other negative emotions, can affect your sleep.
Give yourself time to relax before bed. Unplug from the computer, TV and social media. In fact, having any of those items in your bedroom is counter-productive to a good night’s sleep.
If you think you need to fall asleep with noise, there are sound machines which make relaxing noises – like the sound of waves or rain. This is much more relaxing for your entire system.
Another way to help you sleep better is to use a diffuser with essential oils. Lavender or Cedarwood are excellent oils to help you sleep. (If you would like more information on essential oils Contact Me.)
If you wake up to an ALARM, do you think about the SOUND it makes?
Here you are in a restful place sleeping, dreaming and suddenly you are bolted out of it by a blaring noise which startles your entire system. Talk about starting the day with stress!
And thinking that you won’t wake up unless it’s loud, is a habit.
And remember, habits can be changed.
Most of us use our phones for alarms, so with so many ringtones there is bound to be one less jolting that will work for you.
WAKING UP WITH GRATITUDE is the most important part. No matter what you may think, there is always something to be grateful for, so make that your first thought.
Before jumping out of bed (which is not really good for your joints), take time to just STRETCH YOUR BODY. Lay on your back, put your arms over your head and stretch from your fingernails to your toes. Take a few deep breaths and then bring your knees into your chest and give them a hug. This is especially good if you have back issues.
Now that you are out of bed peacefully, there are a number of things you can do to help set the rhythm for an exceptional day.
Don’t just make your coffee and start running.
In fact, keep the TV, radio and computer off and no checking emails or social media until you have finished your morning rituals!
Here are a few suggestions. Try them and see what works for you. Combine them or come up with your own. Don’t stress about the time – tailor it to fit your schedule. The whole idea is to start your day with a peaceful yet motivating ritual.
- WRITE IN A GRATITUTE JOURNAL 3 or more things you are grateful for.
- WRITE 3 GOALS FOR YOUR DAY
- SIT QUIETLY aka meditate
- GO FOR A WALK in silence
- JOURNAL OR WRITE MORNING PAGES. As suggested in the “Artist’s Way” by Julia Cameron, Morning Pages are 3 pages you write every morning first thing. Just write whatever comes to mind and after doing this a while see how much clearer your thoughts are.
- LISTEN TO A MOTIVATIONAL PODCAST
- SPEND TIME IN NATURE
Now there is one more thing you will need to do after this – and that is to eat a nourishing breakfast! And take the time to sit down and do so. If you eat as you run around, your food doesn’t digest properly. Make time to work this into your morning ritual.
Think outside the box: sandwiches and stir fry are great for breakfast and you can make them ahead of time. Smoothies with fruit and greens, tacos, toast with veggies are just a few ideas.
Mornings give us the opportunity to start a new beginning. No matter what happened the day before, we have the opportunity to change it. And starting with a morning ritual will help you to start with a fresh mindset and create an exceptional day.
If you have a morning ritual, I’d love to hear about it. And if you are thinking of starting one, what will it be like?
Or if you are ready to TAKE CHARGE OF YOUR LIFE in any area, I’d love to be able to help you. Contact me here so we can talk about it.
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