I wish I was the person who jumped out of bed and immediately began the day with a string of thoughts and a burst of energy. But that’s not me. Instead, I sleep through the alarm, and three snooze alarms, until half an hour later I drag my limp body across the bedroom, dump myself into the shower, place drops into my weary eyes, and fall down the stairs to find breakfast.
About two hours later, after many cups of tea, I begin to talk somewhat coherently.
The funny thing is, I love mornings, the sounds of birds (unless they are by my bedroom window) and joggers shuffling across the pavement; the smell of fresh air and dew on the grass; the gentle breeze blowing in my window. Even the sunrise is beautiful. But getting up? That’s a problem.
I decided it was time to make a plan and tackle this problem. This is what I came up with. Perhaps you can find a few tricks in this list to jumpstart your morning.
My Morning List
1 – Wake up grateful. The day ahead may be hectic, work isn’t always pleasant, and crisis happen. But even in the worst circumstances, and the most stressful days, there is always something to be grateful for.
2 – Breathe. Deep breathing has been shown to have many positive effects, like lowering blood pressure and calming our spirit. Take a few deep breaths before rising.
3 – Listen. Wake to the sounds of early morning.
4 – Drink water. This is probably one of the best things I added to my morning routine. It hydrates my body, refreshes my mind, invigorates my muscles. Keep a filled water bottle next to the bed, ready to drink first thing in the morning.
5 – Stretch. Or do yoga. Let your muscles wake up slowly. Also great for the brain.
6 – Get Outside. Fit in a walk, even if it’s really short. If you don’t have time to walk, step outside and breathe the fresh air.
7 – Coffee or tea. Need I say more?
8 – Breakfast. Yes, it’s still considered the most important meal of the day. It starts our engines, gets our brains functioning, and nourishes our souls. Whole, healthy, hearty.
9 – Read. The Bible. A personal development book. The newspaper. Anything that makes you think.
10 – Most importantly, be excited – you have a new day. To anticipate, to wonder, to dream. You never know what awaits you on the other side of dawn.