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.
- What’s the best thing that could happen to me today?
- How can I make today absolutely totally awesome?
- 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.