I truly believe the quality of our whole day is determined the second we open our eyes. As we open, we immediately generate our first thought of the new morning and bring it into our daily reality. Did you know that changing your first thought of the morning could affect the way your whole day turns out?
Your morning can be that make-or-break time that sets you up for a good day or a bad day, sunshine or rain. Here are 5 tips you can establish that will put you on track for a rock star morning , and will totally change your life.
The quality of our whole day is determined the second we open our eyes. As we open, we immediately generate our first thought of the new morning and bring it into our daily reality. Life seems to be so busy lately and not exactly slowing down between the lists we created on Sunday night and immediately thinking about them Monday morning as we wake up. On top of that, there’s the stress of making sure the kids have everything they need before they get on the bus; or maybe, our first thought is about the “big” project/meeting at the end of the week. Did you ever notice how that first thought made you feel? How it determined your whole day from the second you opened your eyes? Did it instantly bring a load of stress to your life? Immediately feeling rushed for the day? Fatigued? Or just plan unhappy? Did you know that changing your first thought of the new morning, it could change your entire day!
Tomorrow morning, as the sun rises your eyes flutter open, try to become aware that your body is just beginning to wake; start to generate thoughts of things that you love. Begin counting them nonstop, one after the other: I love my bed, my partner, my family, friends, the sun, the moon, flowers, laughter, skipping, yoga, traveling, colors, fruit, lakes, and replay images of previous things that brought you happiness and fulfillment over the past week, month, year. Continue to list everything you love until you feel a wave of gratitude take over your body. Once you feel lifted and literally amazing, open your eyes and let those feelings sink in and carry you through the rest of your morning rituals. Notice how it makes your feel; are you less rushed and feeling more prepared as your thoughts have shifted? Maybe you even packed your kiddo a dessert today or maybe that stressful feeling that was swirling in your stomach about the “big” project/meeting has been lifted. The best part is, it’s easy to amplify your good feelings, you can do this anywhere at any time of that day simply because you choose to.
2. Set Intentions
Before you get out of bed, set an intention on how you’ll approach the world today. How will you respond to others, to daily tasks and responsibilities? Intentions can be set through inspirational quotes, a single word something you find meaning in.
For example, if you choose love as your Intention to carry on throughout the day, maybe you choose to only speak about what you love; so “ I can’t” , “hate”, “no”, or other harsh words, are completely out of your vocabulary for the next 24 hours. Maybe your Intention is as simple as to not have anxiety or road rage the next time someone cuts you off while getting on the highway. I know it’s easy to lose sight of our intention throughout the busy day, a method I found to be extremely helpful is that I like to right my intention down on a piece of paper in the morning and stick it in my pocket. As funny as it is, usually when I’m experiencing the opposite of what I intended, I reach in my pocket and pull out that little piece of crumbled paper and I’m able to reset myself and bring me back to where I was first thing this morning.
3. Keep Warm
Truth is; no one likes to leave that blissfully warm, heavenly bed in the morning. Not even for a freshly brewed cup of Starbuck’s coffee or Chai Latte. Actually Most of us dread it especially if we live in a colder climate. So when we’re not being lured to crawl back into morning ecstasy it makes it much easier to continue on with our morning task. A way to solve this you may ask? Keep cozy, keep warm. Have a sweater, sweat pants and the all mighty slippers that kept you warm all last winter sitting next to your bed for when you’re ready to start your day. If you have a heater next to your bed, set them on top the night before. Then there’s some of us who really don’t want to get out of bed; my favorite option, drag them under sheets and warm them up with your body while you set your intention for the morning and keep praying that someday Starbucks will deliver.
4. Get Into a Routine
“Once you make a decision the universe conspires to make it happen” Get into a routine, and by routine I don’t mean doing things that you feel you “have” to do but rather want to do. Setting a morning routine may mean getting up earlier, but in time you may find that this routine could change your life and that getting up with the sun really isn’t all that bad. Look forward to waking up and start your routine off by amplify good feelings, and bring love into your life for the first thought of the morning. Set an intention. Make your favorite tea or coffee. Maybe part of your routine is turning on your favorite music, dancing, reading your favorite in quotes in bed. Some sort of inspiration to kick off your morning. Whatever your routine is, make it your own and find joy and happiness in doing it.
With the world experiencing a high on the release of the 6th Apple iPhone I know it’s hard to disconnect from the internet and all its wonders. Even for myself, I find that I spend a lot of my time in the morning on my phone, whether it’s looking a epic photos on Instagram or scrolling through different media sights. Suddenly 15 minutes has gone by with not a word, all I’ve done is looked at my phone. I realized I hadn’t even said “good morning” to my partner that has slept beside me for the past 4 years. We forget how easy it is to get caught up in the convenience of technology. Rather than feeling the urge to grab your cell phone in the morning to surf the web or “need” to respond to an e-mail; flip it over, turn the volume off and disconnect for 15 minutes. Ask yourself, “Can I unplug myself from the outside sources such as: cell phones, internet, television, the daily newspaper for even an hour in the morning?” If the answer is no, maybe you should give it a try.
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