Most mornings, my eyes and Facebook open at about the same time. I spend the first few minutes checking my ‘likes’ and ‘comments’ before scrolling the news-feed for 20 minutes and then switching to Instagram. On other days, when I have early appointments to get to, I hit the snooze button every time it goes off until the last minute and I realize I’m about to be late. I jump out of bed (still incoherent) trying to get ready and function as a half zombie.
I’m totally that morning grouch that you want to stay away from until after breakfast.
I remember how different my mornings used to be when I was going through yoga teacher training. Some classes started at 6:00am and would begin with silence in meditation and hot tea which completely transformed me from grouch to sunshine. I was so much more mindful in the mornings and everyone around me could deal with me a little easier. 🙂
I want to start my mornings feeling good again. So, I’ve decided to implement a mindful morning routine that doesn’t involve plastering my phone to my face every morning.
- Lay in silence and focus on your breath – This gives you the chance to let your mind wake up slowly without being over-stimulated with media.The first few deep breaths in the morning will help bring efficient oxygen to your blood.
- Stretch – You can still stay in bed to do stretches. Doing a few twists and full body stretches just feels good and can help your body get ready as it increases your blood flow and can prevent body aches throughout the day.
- Drink a glass of water – Drinking a full glass of water in the morning will help get your digestive system started. Your body slowly becomes dehydrated while you sleep so it’s great for you start your day hydrating again before breakfast. It also gives your metabolism a head start. And you’ll want to eat less.
- Write – Instead of reaching for your phone, try writing down your morning thoughts and feelings. During the course of the night, your subconscious is at work, bringing certain suppressed emotions to surface. So, when you wake up in the morning, some of those thoughts and feelings may still be fresh in your mind. Writing them all down will give you a clean mental slate to begin your day as your purge them onto paper.
- Gratitude – Spending a few minutes focusing on all the things that you’re humbly grateful for will help you set the mood for the rest of the day. As the law of attraction says, “Everything is energy. Your thought begins it, your emotion amplifies it and your action increases the momentum.”
Give them a try! I’d love to hear about your experience in the comments below. 🙂
“This is a wonderful day, I have never seen this one before.” – Maya Angelou