When you wake up in the morning and swing your feet to the floor how do you feel?  Tired? Drained?  Wish you could roll over and go back to bed?  Unfortunately a reality check takes place and you are on your way to the bathroom with a stream of questions lining up in your head.  Why am I so tired?  Why didn’t I go to bed earlier?  What am I going to wear?  What’s for breakfast?  Is my coffee ready?   Do I really have to go to work today?  If these questions sound familiar it is time to change your morning routine by redirecting your mind and body for a more energized and positive outlook.
Instead of the typical questions stated above, which don’t serve any purpose, ask yourself these questions instead.
  1. What’s the best thing that could happen to me today?
  2. How can I make today absolutely totally awesome?
  3. What do I have to look forward to today?
Write them down on a piece of paper to begin memorizing and leave your questions by your bed so you are reminded of them at sun up.  Changing the mood of the morning can dictate the outcome of the day.  Finding a more peaceful way to wake up is the key to making this happen.  Skip the phone or computer engagement as this will arrest your mind before you have had a chance to listen to your own personal headspace.  You have no idea of the power of disengagement until you try it.
As you ask yourself these questions pour a glass of room temperature filtered water and sip it until finished.  Hydration is another important feature of a successful morning wake-up routine.  As we sleep we become dehydrated hence the name of the meal “break-fast”.   Because the body has been fasting all night the soothing effect of the water on both the body and the mind will enhance the mindfulness of this new routine.  Keeping a bedside carafe filled with filtered water makes drinking a glass or two much more possible.
In addition, I suggest you shut off your mind for a few minutes. Some people call it meditation. For me, I think of it as focus, deliberately introducing silence to the brain.
My last suggestion comes more in the form of activity that can be accomplished also within a few minutes.  Winnie the Pooh had a funny set of exercises he did in the morning and P.G. Wodehouse headed to his back porch for his “daily dozen”.  There is no right or wrong way to these. However, I believe a short skit of moves fits perfectly in this morning window.
  • Begin at the shoulders and roll them forward a handful of times and backwards.
  • Reach up over head with one arm and stretch to the side, repeat with the other arm.
  • Take deep breaths in as both arms rise up over head.
  • Slowly lower yourself by bending at the waist and let the hands and arms reach toward the ground.
  • Keeping the knees soft let the arms swing gently as you breath deeply in and out, stay there a bit and just hang.
  • Rise back up slowly with a tight belly and once back to the standing position wake the body by jiggling it.
  • Bounce lightly on the heels and let your limbs be loose, shake it up.
  • You can repeat a few times if you want.
Mark Twain had an interesting morning statement, “Eat a live frog first thing in the morning, and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.”
Steve Job’s spent 33 years looking in the mirror every morning asking himself this question, “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?”
The morning is the best part of the day, so don’t skip it.  It is a gift that we hopefully get day after day.  When you begin to be more mindful at the start of the day, who knows what lies ahead in the hours until your feet lift up off the ground for another nights sleep?