Find yourself waking up thinking “ugh, mornings” while you pull the covers over your eyes and secretly wish your office burned down over night? We hear you, we see you.
Ever wonder how people spring out of bed in the mornings with the “Carpe diem mother fu%$ers!” attitude? We did too. We’ve got news for you; we’ve cracked the code. Now you’ll be the one that’s taking the lead, with a clear focused mind right off the jump. Here’s our guide to becoming the first on the scene to a killer morning routine.
- We’re going to say a word right now that might make you roll your eyes, but trust the journey. Meditate. That’s right, who said you had to jump out of bed right when you wake up? We wouldn’t do that to you. You’ve got to ease into this thing called morning, and it’s a lot easier than you think. After our alarm goes off, we like to use an app called Headspace for our morning meditation. It’s a great way to wake up in a nice gentle non-threatening way. You can clear your mind and set an intention to help you overcome any obstacle or person you can foresee in your upcoming day. Choose your Headspace meditation or set your alarm on your phone for anywhere as little as 1 minute or as long as 20 minutes. You’re an adult; you can decide what works best for you.
- Set the mood. No one likes to feel rushed, so we like to set up an environment that supports that. Either before you meditate or after, we like to turn on some mood lighting, maybe light a candle, grab our matcha and take a couple minutes to get caught up in the world. This might mean, grabbing the news paper (do people still read newspapers?), scrolling through your news app on your phone, or getting caught up on your personal messages so you don’t lose touch with the people you love. Trust us. Taking some time in morning to peep the stuff that’s important to you, will cut down on your procrastination time at work. Some people might even like to take this time to write some stuff down, what are you grateful for, what do you want to accomplish today, whatever floats your boat.
- Move bi*ch, get out the way. That’s right, move. Get your blood flowing, go to the gym, go for a run, go boxing, stretch. Whatever gets you moving and your heart pumping. Nothing feels better than starting off your day with a little exercise. Studies show that exercise can reduce the feelings of depression, anxiety, and overall low mood[i]. Let’s get the happy version of you out of the house today, and leave the negative Nancy behind. Not only will you feel good, you might also accomplish some of those health goals you’ve been procrastinating on.
With these three steps we have no doubt you’ll find you can accomplish so much more throughout your entire day. It might mean adding one of these to your morning routine or all three; we can guarantee you’ll love the way you feel.
[i] Sharma, Ashish, et al. “Exercise for Mental Health.” Primary Care Companion to The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, Physicians Postgraduate Press, Inc., 2006, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1470658/. Exercise improves mental health by reducing anxiety, depression, and negative mood and by improving self-esteem and cognitive function