I’m not a morning person although my body likes waking up between 5 and 7 am every day. I’m trying the break myself out of the habit of checking Facebook and my emails right when I get up as a part of my self-care plan.
Do you have a morning routine? How do you usually start your day? I encourage you to try one or all of the ideas listed below and see if you notice a change in how you feel during the day.
1. Begin Your Morning with Gratitude
When you begin each day with thoughts of gratitude it changes your entire mindset. You are subconsciously looking for things to be grateful for. (Don’t forget to watch the video when you click the link) What are 3 things that you can be grateful for right now?
2. Wake Up and Exercise
This can be a challenge if you are 1) Not a morning person and 2) Don’t like to exercise. However, according to the article, your energy levels will increase during the day. Who couldn’t use an extra boost of energy?
3. Take 5 Minutes to Meditate
We have this idea that meditation is something that takes a lot of time to work properly. That isn’t true. All you need is a few minutes, 5 to be exact, to feel the benefits. We all can spare 5 minutes for ourselves, right?
“I need a morning meditation and I need it to be quick.“
4. Ground with a Nature Walk
Taking a nature walk first thing in the morning reconnects you with the universe and boosts your mood. The benefits increase when you include a friend. Who can you entice to go on a morning walk with you?
5. Write Something Every Morning
I call it a Brain Dump but you can call it Journaling. It’s simply writing down the first thing that pops into your head like a stream of consciousness. Things like grammar and punctuation doesn’t matter. Just get it out of your head so you aren’t worrying about it all day. A clear mind means a more focused you.
There is really no excuse to begin a “you centered” morning routine. It is not selfish to take 5 to 60 minutes to focus on you. All you need to do is be intentional about waking up a few minutes earlier or reframing what you already do. Don’t you deserve it?
Which one will you try first?
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