Yeah, us too. Our hands are waving wildly in the air right along with you. That’s one of the reasons why we’ve found giving ourselves extra time in the morning to wake up and start the day off with some “me time” is essential to our sanity.
Instead of jumping right into work, making breakfast, waking the kiddos, or packing lunches, why not take an hour for you? It may mean waking up earlier than you currently do, but we’ve found it’s worth it. Here is a surefire way to start the day off on the right foot:
#1 Practice Gratitude
MPL’s Suggested Time Commitment: 10 minutes
One of the best ways to start off your day is through quiet reflection. Sitting still and focusing on all you are grateful for is an excellent way to begin the day with a tone of positivity and satisfaction. Instead of getting caught up in the negativity trap, we can focus instead on what we have and how grateful we are for it.
Time Saving Tip: Keep your journal and pen on your bedside table. Immediately upon waking grab your tools and go to your favorite quiet spot to reflect.
#2 Break A Sweat
Exercise is yet another way to wake your body up and do something wonderful for yourself. Set your fitness clothes out the night before. Find some music, a great podcast or audio book, or an app that will lead you through a simple workout. If solo exercising isn’t your thing, find a nearby class that suits your fancy. Make sure that whatever option you choose, it is something that helps you feel invigorated rather than depleted. You should feel great afterwards.
Time Saving Tip: Prep the night before. Set out your clothes. Have your playlist or podcast ready. Exercise at home with a few pieces of equipment like a yoga mat and a simple pair of dumbbells or a kettlebell, or choose a gym or workout class that is within a quick drive of your house.
#3 Meditation or Prayer
A great way to tie your morning together once your body is fully awake, and before you shower, is to sit for a few moments of silence. You may opt to close your eyes and meditate (Sharon Salzberg has a great book on how to start a practice) or you may choose to pray. You may just prefer to sit in quiet for a few minutes. The key is to calm your mind. Rather than focusing on all you need to do, focus on one thing such as your breath, a spiritual presence, or the beat of your heart.
Time Saving Tip: You can begin this practice immediately upon completing exercise. If you are at home sit upright on a mat or a piece of furniture and allow your eyes to close. Just make sure you choose a place where you can be alone. If you have driven to an exercise class or the gym, sit in your car once you are finished for a few minutes. You can put on a pair of sunglasses and lock your doors to give yourself more privacy and security.
What are some of your favorite ways to start the morning? How do these routines make you feel? How do they impact your day? Let us know in the comments!
Wishing you all the best in motherhood and life,
MK and Yvonne