Morning time is my favourite time of the day; the freshness and possibility of a full day ahead. I am a bounce out of bed type of girl; the habit from my former life as a Corporate Lawyer with my alarm clock permanently stuck on 5.45am has stayed with me.
While I rise a little later these days, the thought of staying in bed while the day dawns around me feels like a wasted opportunity. It’s the perfect time to set the tone to feel good. I use my morning time to kick-start my day in the following ways:-
- Say It With Gratitude
I’m blessed with a view of the ocean and I greet every morning stretching on my terrace. Whether my life is running smoothly or not, I mentally work through all the things I am grateful for.
By practising the Art of Gratitude, you’ll focus your attention on the positives in your life. This practice becomes a stepping stone to happiness.
- Positive Affirmations
If you wait for another person to compliment you to feel good, you could be waiting forever. Start your day by using positive affirmations about yourself and what you can do. I Am Happy is a good place to start and change the word on the end to suit you. Say Yes to you and what you want to achieve in the day ahead. Believe that you deserve happiness.
- Eat Breakfast
In my former life, breakfast was a strong black coffee followed by a mid-morning crash and a vicious cycle of topping up on caffeine to keep going. I now make sure that I eat within ten minutes of waking, even if it’s just a handful of grapes or seeds, to keep me going until I’m ready for breakfast.
Fuel up on the good stuff first thing in the morning to power your day ahead.
- Move Your Body to Move Your Energy
If you have furry companions like me, grab your dog lead and enjoy an early morning walk with your canine friend. Watching my two dog’s tails wagging in front of me never fails to make me happy.
Any form of exercise in the morning such as Yoga or Pilates to going for a jog or walking will help you to clear away your morning fog and kick-start your energy.
I’m a big fan of using my walking time in the morning to meditate. I use my footsteps as a rhythm and keep my head held high to stay present in my surroundings. I breathe deeply to help my body wake up.
Use your preferred meditation practice to leave you calm, grounded and ready to face the day ahead.
- Map Out Your Day
Instead of diving into each day hoping to clear your to-do list, map out your day ahead, what you want to achieve and the tasks you need to complete. Prioritise your day and ask yourself if you really need to do everything on your list or are you making work for yourself?
Aim to start your day by completing the task you least want to do instead of leaving this task until last. This leaves you free to enjoy the rest of the day without the dreaded task hanging over you.
By developing a positive morning routine, you’ll feel ready to face the day and any challenges ahead with a positive attitude and full of energy.
By sticking to your routine and developing a habit, your morning routine will help you to choose happiness, whatever circumstances you are facing in life.
(c) Samantha Wilson 2016. All Rights Reserved.