Today we want you to think about your mornings,
how they might be working FOR or AGAINST you.
This is a morning that some of you might relate to…
Scenario One: Chaos Hitting the snooze on your alarm as you plead for just five more minutes of sleep. Checking your phone and getting caught up on facebook – you’re already feeling a tingle of stress. You try to get some coffee in yourself as you let the dog out, feed the kids, and make sure everyone’s dressed appropriately. You might spend your last ten minutes talking to your partner about an upcoming meeting while you sign permission slips and keep your eye on the clock as every precious minute slips by.
This is not a planned morning and it’s setting your system into chaos mode. This is a space where you constantly feel behind and unable to catch up.
A morning routine doesn’t just alter your morning, it’s sets up your whole day for success and leaves you feeling at ease and in control.
Scenario Two: The Morning Routine Your body wakes up on it’s own accord and you have two or three hours until work. The house is silent and leaves you at peace with your thoughts. You don’t read emails or look at bills, you use this time for yourself (goal setting, journaling, mediation, stretching, working out) Following a hot shower, you’re calm and ready to organize the rest of the brood and face your day.
Moral of the story here: drive your day, or your day will drive you. Direct, or you’ll be put in a constant position to react.
- Not everyone can control every aspect of their morning but giving yourself the TIME, TOOLS, and BOUNDARIES to have productive morning will lead to more productive days.
- Putting yourself first will set an example for your family that you have value and want to live life on your terms.
- Letting your loved ones know that the morning is a ‘work free’ zone will make them feel important and close to you.
- Choosing to exercise, meditate, or stretch in the mornings will allow your body to put more energy and focus into your training – rather than fighting the after work slump.
- Making the time to prep healthy food choices will leave you less excuses to snack or cheat.
- Asserting a routine of your choice can build a sense of gratitude in each moment you experience. Your shower is no longer a task before work, it’s time that you set aside for self care.
- Creating a to-do list (or list of goals) early in your day will help you accomplish more and make it easier to manage your time.
- The peace and fulfillment that you find in your morning is contagious, those around you will slow down and follow suit.
Investing in your health does not always require money, it requires thought then ACTION.
Have a happy morning! The Live Well Centre.
Read more about morning routines HERE