Make the most of your mornings

I’m a recent convert to mornings.

I used to hate them.  I mean, literally loathe them.  I always found it difficult to get up, I would just want to bury my head under the pillow and sleep for another couple of hours.

I still have mornings like that, believe me, but I’m much better with them now.  I don’t feel so great if I lie in too long on the weekend and, once I’m up, I enjoy being up.  I like the crispness and the stillness in the air.

One of the most important elements in my new-found enjoyment of mornings has been developing a morning routine.  I am by no means consistent enough with this, but on those days when I do have a good morning, I inevitably have a better day.

Here are the three most important elements to my having a great morning:

Time

It is so important for me to have time in the mornings.  I hate rushing, and I always feel awful (and look awful!) if I don’t give myself enough time to wake up before pulling my clothes on and rushing out of the door.  I like to be able to take my time with getting ready.  It gives me a chance to enjoy the peace and quiet, and to contemplate the day ahead–not necessarily all of the things I have to do, but my resolutions for the day.  What I am going to focus on.  Usually I set myself little goals and reminders, to do with remaining in the present, keeping good posture and really listening to everyone who speaks to me.  Oh, and smiling.  Setting those little mental goals in the morning helps me to have a more pleasurable day.

Fuel

Having something to eat or drink.  I get up quite early for work, so often I will leave breakfast until I am at work, but I do love having a nice cup of tea in the morning.  It helps me to feel warmer (very important, now that the weather is turning wintery!), refreshed and energised.  It also helps to relax me.

Inspiration

Listening to a calming or motivating podcast.  Even if I have just five minutes, I will often put on an audio or video clip to inspire or re-focus me.  My go-to people are Eckhart Tolle, Maya Angelou, Pema Chodron and Thich Nhat Hanh.  I also love Anthony Ongaro of Break the Twitch, and a lot of his videos are in shorter, bite-sized chunks which are perfect to listen to for a quick, motivational boost.  It really is true that what you feed your mind matters.  I find that I am far more focused, calm and balanced when I listen to people who are aligned with my values.

Of course, getting a good night’s sleep beforehand and having everything (clothes, packed lunch) prepared for the next day really helps too!

Do you have a morning routine?  What do you find sets you up best for the day ahead?  Is there anything you would like to start doing in your mornings that you haven’t managed to make time for yet?

 

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4 thoughts on “Make the most of your mornings

  1. I love my mornings, however, I didn’t when I worked outside the home. I love my coffee and hearing it brew, smelling it in waft through the house. I light candles near my coffee pot and on the table where I write. I have my table near the big window in the eating area of the kitchen facing the East so I watch the sun rise in the mornings as I write. I sometimes play music. Love this!

    1. Hi Kate! That sounds like the most wonderful, relaxing and comforting start to any morning! What a gorgeous image. The morning really does set the tone for the day.

  2. Hi Louise – I agree with you about having time and not rushing around. It does make for a good day or at least the ability to handle things better. I love my time in the morning for coffee and just being still and I always factor that time in when I have to get out of the house early. I would like to fit in a workout in the mornings but I am still trying to make that into a routine. Sometimes I would rather just sit with my coffee. 🙂

    1. Yes, not rushing definitely helps to set a positive tone for the day! Good luck with your workout routine–though the lure of coffee is strong! I would like to build in more of a structured meditation routine in my morning. I haven’t quite managed it yet.

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