Following on from part 1 which covered the importance of the night before, part 2 will cover the first few important minutes from the moment you open your eyes in the morning.
For some, getting up in the morning is a chore, a likely big sigh first thing in the morning, hitting the snooze button, lack of energy, not wanting to get up and wishing it was the week end. We then reach out for our electronic devices, check the news which can lead to more doom and gloom and notifications deep diving into virtual reality.
How about making the most of your real reality and for just a few minutes, bathe in the fact that you are alive and well?
Isn’t it fascinating that we are constantly wishing time away, that we cannot wait for the week end and we cannot wait for those holidays until one day something happens or we grow old…
… is it that all the other days in your life will be made of endless dissatisfaction? 😦
How you set your day can have a significant impact on how you will chose to lead your time till dusk. It is not what happens that day which will determine your mood, it will be how you chose to react. If you set your day in a positive mood first thing in the morning, this is far more likely to help you deal with what the day will entail with a much more positive attitude.
You can start slowly with trying it out once a week and here are a few suggestions, you can try out one or all of them!
- Take a couple of deep breaths
- Stretch gently. If you are lucky enough to have a big bed, do the star fish pose!
- Think of something you are grateful for (big or tiny, it is about what matters to you)
- Leave your electronic device for the first few minutes of your morning. What is the worst that can happen?!
- Put some music on
- Think of something you could do in your day to look forward to (again big or tiny)
- You could even go wacky! Shut yourself in the bathroom for 30 seconds and do a crazy dance!
Being kind to yourself first thing in the morning will mean that you are much more likely to be kind to yourself and others for the rest of the day…