By Diana Sanchez, Staff Writer
How you spend your mornings is so, so important. It sets the tone for the rest of your day. When you are successful in your morning routine, that feeling carries throughout your day, helping you feel more positive and upbeat. On the other hand, you’ve probably noticed that when you start your morning off on a bad note, it casts a shadow over the rest of your day - a shadow that can be hard to shake. When you wake up late and rush through your morning routine, for instance, you might feel anxious that you will be late for work and you will end up carrying those feelings of anxiety with you all day long. No one wants that!
So what are some things you can do to be more mindful in your mornings that will help you stay positive?
Don’t hit the snooze button
There are so many reasons not to do this! First and foremost, this might make you late for work, or keep you from dropping your kids off at school on time. In fact, I’ve noticed that when I sleep in too late I wake up my son a little bit later than usual to get ready for school, and then I’m stressed that HE is going to make ME late for work. Even though it’s no one else’s fault that I hit the snooze button thirteen times instead of getting up when I was supposed to.
This is just one reason I don’t hit the snooze button anymore. I’ve also found that when I wake up too late I don’t have time to really be present and grounded in my morning routine. I don’t enjoy my coffee so much as I chug it down. I don’t get any pleasure out of doing my hair, or applying my makeup. I’m rushing through it all, trying to get it done as quickly as possible, leaving me feeling on edge and tense, instead of relaxed and ready to take on the day.
So don’t hit that snooze button. Every moment of your morning counts, and it all starts with the first ring of your alarm.
Incorporate at least one mindful activity in your mornings. This activity can vary and it depends largely on what your interests are. Some suggestions are:
- Meditate for a few minutes (check out our blog on Meditation here)
- Practice yoga
- Do a relaxing exercise activity, like walking
- Read a book
- Write in a gratitude journal
- Write down positive affirmations (check out this blog about journaling)
This is not an exhaustive list. If there is another activity that you think will serve as a mindful activity that can help you get your day started off right, do it!
Pay attention to everything you do
Whether you are enjoying a cup of tea or helping your child get dressed, make sure that you are grounded in the moment. It’s helpful to wake up early enough that you have time to take care of everything without feeling like you have to keep your eyes on the clock.
You will know your mindful morning routine is working when you feel at peace and relaxed when you leave your house everyday (or if you don’t leave your house when you get started with your daily activities at home). Once you have experienced that, you won’t want to start your morning any other way!