We’ve all heard the expression “woke up on the wrong side of the bed.” And truthfully, most of us have probably experienced that. Your day just gets off to a bad start or you didn’t get enough sleep or you’re just downright cranky.
But there are ways to help mitigate the fallout and smooth out the start to your day. I’ve chatted about my Morning Routine before and shared a few of my favorite ways to show self-care, which include tips for starting your day off right. Today I want to talk a bit more about this and tell you how I help improve my mornings when I’m up early and out the door immediately.
My schedule and the demands on my mornings have changed dramatically over the years. At one point I was spending more time at home in the mornings, at another I was going to the gym at 4:30am each day… But things change, and as a result, your morning routine should evolve to suit your evolving needs and capabilities.
I wish that I could tell you that I meditate in my beautiful garden and then watch the sun come up while sipping homemade green juice. But that would be a lie. Not only do I not have a garden, but it’s also dark for a few hours after my alarm goes on. These days, I’m up around 5am and out the door in about 10 minutes. For me, the most important thing that I can do to ensure a smooth and crisis-free morning, is to plan ahead.
That means laying out my clothes, planning breakfast, packing things that need to come with me, and just generally thinking about my morning the night before.
Once I’m settled at the office I make time in my schedule for meditation and my gratitude journal – Both important parts of my morning. I also focus on water and my favorite detox drink in the morning before caffeine to make sure my body is ready for the day.
Now let’s hear from the experts!
Kris Carr, the bad ass behind Crazy Sexy Cancer, shares her 5 Simple Morning Rituals for Energy and Mental Clarity, and it’s a Must Read.
Oprah’s go-to guy, Deepak Chopra, is also a fan of getting the best possible start to the day. Check out his post on How to Make the Most of Your Mornings.
Want a few ideas to get you started? Check out Mind Body Green’s 5 Morning Rituals to Start Your Day With Magic.
What about YOU? How do you spend your mornings?