Waking up is hard to do, and how we wake up truly impacts our state of mind and can determine what kind of day we will have. Nothing wreaks havoc on our nervous systems quite like being ripped out of our soothing, peaceful slumber to the sound of the screeching alarm clock, which, to me, sounds like the sirens of the approaching Gestapo. It’s no wonder so many people rue the morning. Waking up may be hard to do, but it doesn’t have to be.
Many of us have nightly routines we regularly practice, intentionally or not. Some may take a shower or enjoy a cup of chamomile tea. We wash our face, brush our teeth, and when we get into bed we slip into the covers, relax, and count our sheep. We don’t jump into bed, slam our heads onto our pillows and snap ourselves right into REM. No, we ease ourselves in order to maximize our chances of getting peaceful, restorative sleep. This begs the question, “Why don’t we approach our mornings with this kind of gentle regimen?”
Enter the Morning Routine! A morning routine is a POWERFUL way to start your day. It will leave you feeling positive, peaceful, and prepared for whatever life throws at you.
What’s included in the routine?
Anything you want! Whatever centers YOU is what should be included in YOUR morning routine. Here is an example of mine:
I like to live by the Rule of Three. Three is an easy number to remember and employ, and it also happens to be my favorite. These are the three components that make up my own personal morning routine.
- Take 3 deep breaths. Close your mouth and open your throat. Take a long breath in through your nose, hold for 8 and exhale.
- Think of 3 things you are grateful for. You will be surprised by how much having an attitude of gratitude can affect your state of mind.
- Ask yourself, “How can I nourish my body today? How can I nourish my mind today? How can I nourish my soul today?” Throughout the day, make it a priority to DO them.
I began implementing a morning routine about six months ago, and I felt the benefits on day one. It made waking up so much easier, and if you can believe it, ENJOYABLE, because I now ease myself awake. Starting my day with gratitude and mindfulness has shifted my state of mind from grumpy & groggy to peaceful & positive. After about 30 days of employing my morning routine, I started waking up naturally happy, refreshed, and renewed. This is a massive improvement for me, as I considered myself Queen of the snooze button. You, too, can enjoy your mornings as I do! Snooze no more, my friends, and get your morning routine on!
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