Have you ever woken up tired and wondering if you even slept through the night? Do you get a really slow start to the day and wonder how you’re going to make it til 10 AM let alone make it through the entire day?
Ever Wondered If You Could Change?
I used to have this problem myself and let me tell you…that is not how my day starts any longer. I will share just 10 easy steps that I have adopted that really help me to set my day off on the right foot.
10 Things To Do To Kick Start Your Day
- Body Scan: I do a quick body scan as soon as my eyes open. I gently move or wiggle my body from toes to head and back down. This only takes about 2 minutes but it helps to awaken each part of my body gently. When I am ready, my body will be ready to move.
- Give Thanks: I spend the next few minutes thanking the Universe for allowing me to make it through the night. This serves to build on my gratitude right from the beginning of the day and to give me a quick breathing exercise before I even get up.
- Intention: it is now that I set my intention for the day ahead. Maybe I want to ace an interview, I plan to meet a colleague about an issue, I have a presentation to do…this is when I plant the seed that I want to do the task well. In my intentions, I state that I thank the Universe for the opportunity and that I know I will have the particular characteristic that I think is necessary for the job. It sounds a little like this: ‘Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to meet with Sharon about our upcoming event. Please give me the patience, open-mindedness, courage, and communication skills to put forth my intended ideas with compassion and love’. You can choose to do this anyway you like but I offer this as an example of the kind of thing that I state out loud to the Universe. (You may also say it silently if you prefer).
- Orient My Thoughts: I sit up in bed and mentally take a quick tally of the next three or four steps that I will take. Find my husband to say good morning, get the dog, get a cup of coffee, go outside in the garden, water the flowers. If I mentally make a positive plan to start my day by connecting with my husband, my dog, and nature; I am far more likely to do that, than to turn on the radio, watch the news, or check the internet.
- Connect: this is the time I take to actually connect. Some days I am up first and so it is just me and the dog and we do the circuit in the garden. I look at all my flowers and say my morning prayers for those in need. I may sit and drink coffee and then water the flowers (which is a wonderful meditation in itself). When my husband is up already we go out and assess the growth in the garden each morning.
- Meditation: my meditation takes two main forms. The first is my flower meditation when I go and inspect each new bud in my garden, choosing one for each person I pray for. I pray for family, friends having an interview, those undergoing medical procedures, people in my life who need a break or a boost of energy, and I pray for the people who have boosted me up the most or those who really have my back.
- Plot My Next 3 Moves: as I am finishing up in the garden I like to quickly think through the next three steps. Make breakfast, put in laundry, make grocery list. When I was working it was: get dressed, make lunch, pack bag. If I stick to the next three things to do, I ensure that I don’t feel overwhelmed by my day. Once I do the first three, I move on to the next three and so on throughout the day.
- Let The Day Come: I don’t have any control about what events happen to me in a day. I have a plan set out for my day with no real idea if I will get one or all items checked off of my list. I have a little trick so that I don’t get coaxed into negative thinking. When I meet a challenge, or a challenging idea, I take a breath…I ask if it needs to be addressed right now….and then I wait. 90% of my day is made up of obstacles that come up that do not need immediate attention. Those are things I need to let go. It is very easy to think these things are immediate, but when I think and breathe, I often find they can be addressed later. So, I write it down and keep doing what I was doing. I can address that item when I have time. We like to believe that if someone asks us to do something that means they mean now…but really, they mean ‘when you can’. The most important thing for me to remember is if I think it through with a smile on my face when is it right for ‘me’ to do it.
- Evaluate: as I wrote about in “2 Stars and 1 Wish” , I like to evaluate my day using this simple trick. I name two things that I am most proud of from my day, and I itemize one thing that I think I could do differently should the occasion arise again in the future. The focus is really on the two good things. I like to review the video in my mind for these two elements. I call the latter part “One Wish” because I am human. Of course I’ve made mistakes throughout the day. We all have things we’d like to do better. There is no place in here though to dwell on negative thoughts or bad behaviour. I state the misstep, I acknowledge my part in the event, and then I offer myself an alternative should a similar event ever come up. This does two things: it holds me accountable for one big mistake in my day; and it offers me a viable solution for growth the next time I encounter that lesson….And then I stop! I do not get to say 2 wishes. I don’t get to berate myself or put myself down for anything else. What this does for me is it minimizes all the other tiny misses throughout the day. I get to lament one misdeed and then I have to call it quits!
- Give Thanks (again): I like to give thanks to the Universe again for creating a wonderful day for me. This not only helps me to put my day’s work into it’s true perspective, it also helps to set me up for the next day. I get to say ‘thank you’ for taking care of all those I prayed for that day and to watch over us for another night.
I used to think it was a little hokey to do all this but I can honestly say it makes my day a lot easier. I sleep very soundly at night and I have a positive outlook most of the time. Some may argue that I am naturally that way, and perhaps that’s part of it. I assure you though, I used to lie in bed at night and worry about issues that I had no power over and I would lament my bad choices. Now, I get to get off one doozey and then I shut it all down. (Since I started practicing this, there have been very few sleepless nights in my life and I rarely play the ‘then he said….I should have said….OH…I wish I said’ game).
I hope this is SOMETHING WONDERFUL for you to bring to your day!
Feel free to let me know in the comments section any of the tips and tricks you think could add to my morning kick start routine. I am always looking for great ideas from others.
Love Ingrid x
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