How we wake up in the morning has a fundamental impact on how the rest of the day unfolds. There are a few things we can integrate into our morning routine that can have an immediate impact in supporting us in being more mindful, self-compassionate, connected, and resilient throughout the day.
Set your judgments aside and try these out over the next week as an experiment…allow your experience to be your guide.
1. Curate Your First Sounds: Rather than starting the day off with an alarm that makes your body tense and startled, choose an alarm that’s gentle and soothing—chimes, bells, more relaxing music, whatever it might be. This allows your body to take in something soothing to start the day.
2. Hydrate Before You Caffeinate: Rather than going straight for the coffee or tea, see if you can take in a big glass of water. Your body is often needs hydrating first in the morning, its gone all night without a drop. Then move to your coffee or tea.
3. Observe Nature: Instead of grabbing your phone or tablet to start your day, go outside and take a look at the sky, or a tree—allow your eyes and body to take that in. Then move on to starting your day. If that’s not possible, then take a good look out of the window at the sky, birds or trees and drink that in before gazing at a screen.
A little gentleness and taking a few moments to pay attention to the body can have a strong impact on how the rest of the day unfolds.
Thanks to Mindful.com