Mornings 2.0

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Mornings are often associated with annoyance. Whether it be the loud alarm clock, rushing to get ready, trying not to spill your coffee on your shirt, scrambling to find your car keys or fighting traffic. This overload of stress is the perfect reason why we must take a few steps to start our days right!

1. Meditate!

Meditating doesn’t have to be something saved just for praying or yoga class, it can be as simple as a few minutes of silence, trying to clear your mind, or even just thinking of things you’re grateful for. Expressing gratitude right when the day begins helps you to see things a bit more positive. You will see the day before you as a gift, not a curse or chore. Even the challenging moments ahead become opportunities to grow and learn something new.

2. Read!

Lessons learned by others can serve as guides for us as we begin the day. Try to find positive articles or books to read, it’s too easy to get drawn into negative or sad media; although that media may still be important, try not to make it the first emotion you’re exposed to in your day. Starting your mornings with words of inspiration, motivation, and happiness can help us see the big picture in life, encouraging us to move forward toward our goals, even when life’s journey gets difficult.

3. Take a breath of fresh air.

This simple tip may sound cheesy, but physiologically this can work wonders for your body at the start of each day. Go outside and take a nice, slow, deep breath. After breathing in, slowly exhale and repeat a few times. This activity not only can help improve breathing, but it can also decrease feelings of stress and boost the health of the nervous system. As a result, one can experience better focus and concentration in performing tasks at work and in the home.

With a little bit of practice, you can transform your mornings into the best part of the day. You might have to wake up a few minutes earlier, but it’ll be an adjustment that will benefit both your body and your mind.

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