GOOD MORNING! Or is it…
Do you grudgingly wake up each morning wishing you didn't have to get out of bed? Do you push the snooze button until the very last minute and then you're in a rush to get out the door?
Even if you don't consider yourself a morning person, you do have some choice in HOW you start your day. Those very first moments after you wake up can have a big impact on HOW the rest of your day plays out. So take a moment and reflect on how you typically greet the day and see where you can make a few simple changes to start the day in a kinder and more helpful way!
When your alarm sounds what are the automatic thoughts that follow? Do you wish for more time in bed, do you wish you could stay home from school, do you tell yourself it’s not fair that you have to get up? When the reality is that you have to get out of bed resisting that truth can actually cause more discomfort and dread that can carry with you into your day. TRY shifting your mindset as soon as you wake up to the positive. Bring to mind 3 things you appreciate. Focus on one thing you're looking forward to that day. Or, set an intention – what do you hope for yourself or want to bring into the day. The way you think has a big and direct impact on the way you feel so start your morning off with a helpful and positive mindset and see how that impacts your energy and motivation. Changing your thoughts can get you started on a positive track for the day.
How does your body feel when you first wake up? If you feel sluggish and have low energy TRY giving yourself 5 minutes of stretching and deep breathing in bed. This simple practice increases blood flow and circulation sending oxygen to your brain. You might be surprised at how much energy you gain from just a few minutes of movement and breathing before your feet land on the floor.
Did you know that music can help you jump-start your morning! Science says that when the songs on your playlist have these three qualities (the music builds, positive lyrics, and a strong beat) music can boost energy and mood! So TRY playing music as you greet the day. Here's a Spotify PLAYLIST we've created to get you started, but consider creating your own wake-up playlist and see how that shifts your morning routine! Who knows, maybe you’ll be moved to dance too!
Taking just a few minutes each morning to start the day off intentionally with more choice in how you think and feel can replace the old habits that often cause stress and anxiety! It takes effort and practice each day, but you’ll be empowering yourself with a morning routine that prioritizes your well-being.