Tell me if this sounds like you. The alarm goes off, you roll over and hit the snooze button once, then twice, then you fall back asleep only to wake up 10, 15, or 20 minutes later, freaking out because you’re going to be late for work. You throw on some clothes, run a comb through your hair, and try to find a matching pair of shoes. You hobble to the kitchen and grab a pop tart and a cup of coffee before literally running out the door to catch the bus.
Does this sounds like you? It used to be me.
The way your start your day is important, because it sets the tone for the rest of the day. You can start your day scattered, anxious, frustrated, tired, stressed, and pissed off, or, you can use these few simple tricks to start your day off feeling great.
1. Get up earlier. Don’t hate me for this one! Don’t get out of bed at the last possible second. The trick is to give yourself enough time to ease into the day. If you can’t bear the thought of waking up an hour, or even a half hour earlier, start with just 10 minutes. If you can, work your way up to a half hour or an hour. I’m going to show you what to do with it.
2. Open the shades as soon as you can and let the natural light come in. That natural light will help wake you up and will help you feel refreshed and ready to face the day. Natural light will do more for you than artificial light, so throw open those curtains and soak up the beginning of the day.
3. Start your day with a cup of hot water with lemon. Hot water with lemon will jump start your metabolism and clean out your system. You’ll feel refreshed and that’s one cup of water down from the eight cup count you should be striving to get during the day.
4. Read something inspiring. You may need to know the weather and the traffic, but starting your day with negative will not start you off on a positive note. Be honest, do you really want to start your day hearing about how many people were shot overnight, how many houses burned down, or the latest political scandal? How much nicer would it be to start your day reading an amazing, inspiring story? Choose something that will lift you up, not bring you down.
5. If you like to write, try writing morning pages. Get yourself a nice journal and spend some time plotting out your day. Write down what your hopes are for the day. What do you want to accomplish? What are your plans to have fun for the day? Think of at least one thing you can do today for someone else to brighten their day. Pencil in some time to do something nice for yourself.
6. Stretch. Light stretching in the morning will get your blood flowing, wake you up, and help you feel more energized and ready to take on the day. If you can, stretch in the sunlight, put on some lovely music, and make this time of your day sacred.
If your day consists of running from one meeting to another, answering calls, answering emails, answering texts, dodging annoying co-workers, fighting traffic, picking up kids, driving the carpool, etc., etc., etc., you NEED this time in the morning to relax. TAKE IT! You’ll feel so much better about the rest of your day.
Namaste! And until next time, veg in, don’t veg out.
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