If you’re not a morning person, mornings can sometimes seem like a bit of a drag. A period of time to consume tea until you feel like a human being. But mornings are a good time to make small changes to make the rest of the day better.
Mindfulness is the act of paying attention to yourself, your surroundings and the people around you. It is being present in the moment and processing everything your feeling at that time.
By adding a touch of mindfulness to your morning routine you can effectively start yourself on the path to having a much happier day. Here’s how.
Assess how your body feels.
When you first wake up take note of how your body feels. Are your muscles tight? Does your back ache? Just take a few moments to add up how everything feels and whether you need to do something about it.
For example, if you wake up with a sore back you might want to consider a few stretches for the back before you start getting ready for the day. Likewise if you wake up with other aches and pains, assess them and figure out how to make them feel better.
Yoga is the cure to all ills so far as I’m concerned, check out YouTube and Pinterest for some solid morning routines. There are tonnes of ones out their specifically for beginners and even ones you can do on your bed!
Just how awake are you feeling.
Some mornings are a breeze and jumping out of bed into the day’s activities is easy, however other days that just isn’t physically possible.
Think about which side of the spectrum you’re on. Do you need to laze about for a few more minutes before you can get up, or can you spring straight up?
If you can spring straight up then that’s great! But if you need a little bit longer, let yourself go slightly slower. Don’t rush yourself and get stressed about it. At least if you are aware you need some extra time to feel human you can do everything in your power to make it so. Cups of tea are always my go to when I need a morning pep.
What mood are you in.
Once you have woken up and gotten yourself ready for the day just take a second to think about what your mood is today. Are you feeling good? Do you wish you could go back to bed?
If you’ve woken up in a great mood that’s amazing! Make the most of it, let that happiness inspire the rest of your day.
However if you’ve woken up in a rotten mood it’s important to think about ways of shifting it. Think positively and check out my other post 5 ways to boost your mood for some handy tricks for an instant mood lift.
What is the weather like.
I always find if the weather is grey, my mood is grey. And likewise if the weather is sunny then I feel sunny. The weather has a massive effect on how we feel so take note of what it’s looking like outside.
This also lets you prepare for any bad weather, like snow or rain. Snow is a million times more exciting than rain am-I-right? But still, you’ll be less likely to be caught without an umbrella later in the day, that’s a winner right there.
What do you want from today.
Take a moment to consider the day ahead. Have you got meetings after meetings? Are you spending time with family or friends? Or do you have absolutely nothing planned?
Whatever you have going on, think about how you would like to feel at the end of the day. Is there a specific goal you have in mind for the day ahead. It could be something like getting that promotion at work, or even spending the day spontaneously. Just think about what you want to feel when you curl up into bed later.
I always think setting yourself up with a daily goal is a brilliant idea. That way you can stay focused throughout the day and hopefully feel a twinge of achievement when you curl up into bed at night.
What’s for breakfast?!
Oh breakfast. The most important part of the day. But something so many people skip! This set’s your day up to fail. Make sure you have breakfast, even if it’s something small like a piece of fruit.
During the week I tend to have porridge with either some jam or peanut butter twirled through it. However at the weekend’s I like to make a bit more effort with breakfast and you know what? It does put me in a good mood for the rest of the day.
Don’t fall into the trap of having something totally unhealthy for breakfast though, like a big greasy fry up. It really is the most important part of the day and taking time to prepare a healthy nutritious breakfast puts you on the right foot.
These are just some things I try to think about in the morning and I do find they help set the day up on the right foot. If you have any other ideas please feel free to share them in the comments!