We are all different and how we start our day is unique to everyone. I’m not really a morning person but I’ve never had trouble getting out of bed when I need to. So what’s your choice when that alarm goes off? Hit snooze and roll over or get up and start the day. Interestingly enough, I nearly always wake five minutes before my alarm goes off.
Habit #1 – I hate being late so I always allow enough time to get ready in the morning. By factoring in how long it’ll take to exercise, shower, eat breakfast, get dressed etc. means I’m not rushed and gives me time to plan the day while having my cup of tea. So I set my alarm with some fudge factor in there so I can do everything I need to at a calm, purposeful pace.
Habit #2 – I start my day with a positive attitude. Being mindful. Being grateful. Being conscious of my thoughts and find something that I’m looking forward to in my day. Many of us are blessed to have clean running water, food in the fridge and good friends. I never forget that. And as an optimist, I smile. In the words of the Dalai Lama: “Every day, think as you wake up: today I am fortunate to be alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it.”
Habit #3 Exercise. Mine is stretching. I find it limbers up my body and it’s a great way for me to focus. When the weather is nice I’ll often go for a walk along the beautiful river that’s only 300 metres from my home. Exercise and nature at the same time. Oh and it can be quite social with other locals out walking as well. Bonus is that I can often do Habit #2 above while doing my walk.
Habit #4 I always shower or bathe or wash or whatever freshens me up for the day (this depends on where I’m staying). As someone who has spent a lot of time camping, this would sometimes be just a tub of warm water and a face washer with soap. A quick wash brush my teeth and I feel 100% better. I never underestimate how important personal hygiene is for not just me but those around me.
Habit #5 I love coming back to a hotel room to find room service has made the bed. But that’s not what I do at home. My bed is the biggest flat surface in the house, so I’ll often lay out my clothes when I’m getting dressed in the morning, so after I get out of bed, I pull the doona off and if a sunny day, toss over the balcony railing to let it air. Otherwise, I’ll leave it hanging over the stairwell rails. Why not make it? Probably best if you read this article. When I get home at the end of the day, I’ll make the bed then after all the little mites have dehydrated and died.
Habit #6 I’ve recently stopped drinking coffee (but still drink tea) and in the mornings I’m trying a glass of warm water with a squeeze of lemon. The lemon is a great cleanser and assists in kidney and liver stimulation. Plus I’m getting a bonus dose of Vitamin C. I’ll always have a quick gulp of straight water afterwards to cleanse my mouth.
Habit #7 I eat breakfast Yes, I know that’s obvious but not everyone is a breakfast eater. For some time I’ve been eating Arnolds Farm strawberry and yoghurt natural muesli. Mixed with some berries and Jalna Greek yoghurt it’s absolutely d-e-l-i-c-i-o-u-s. I find this gets me through most of the morning without resorting to snacks of biscuits or sweets. Plus I have more energy and stay focussed.
Of course, my morning routine changes depending on work circumstances, where I’m staying, what I’m doing that day and even the seasons (bring on the porridge for winter).
Now it’s your turn. Tell me what one thing you do in the morning that helps you start your day in the comments below.