10 Simple Ways to Jumpstart Your Day

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.

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It Began With a Cup of Tea

I love Saturday mornings. They make me happy. This last Saturday, my husband and I stayed at our son’s house. I was the first to rise, see the sun peek quietly in the sky, and listen to the birds greet the new day. The morning was peaceful and serene. As I sipped on my cup of Earl Gray, I started thinking about other Saturday mornings I had loved. One such morning, just this last fall, entered my mind.

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My husband and I began that morning with a cup of tea. A quiet breakfast. And small talk.

We drove to the local soccer field, walked across the dewy grass, smelled the autumn leaves that filled the crisp air. We watched our grandson play a soccer game and score two goals (I have to get my bragging rights in there somewhere).

Before we drove out of the parking lot, our son and daughter-in-law asked us to stop by. As we were about to leave, their car died. We brought our vehicles as close together as we could, stretching the battery cable across the truck that sat in front of our son’s car. Try as we might, we couldn’t get the cable to reach. Sometimes, I don’t think things are meant to work out the first time. And this is why, the owner of the truck came over and pulled out a really, really long cable. We were so thankful, and he was so proud. Maybe it was what he needed that day – to know he was needed.

None of this seems like a big deal, going to a soccer game, a dead car battery, or stopping at a family member’s home. But my husband and I had a lot planned for the day. It was a typical Saturday filled with chores and errands, and an empty refrigerator that needed to be filled. Add to that the fact that we were anxious to pick up landscaping rocks for our backyard, and our day was planned, and busy.

But we went to our son’s house, we chatted, watched the grandchildren rake yellow and orange leaves across the wet lawn, and drank fresh homemade eggnog. And not once did I think of anything but what I was doing.

I think that may have been a first for me.

We managed to do our errands, pick up groceries, go to the landscaping site, and even slip home in the middle of it for lunch and a nap. Not all the chores were completed, but the important things were done, and that’s all that mattered.

I wonder what would have happened that day if our attitudes had not been so accepting – if we had said no to stopping by a son’s house, to eggnog, or a soccer game. I wonder what our day would have been if we had rushed and panicked, or gulped down juice and coffee for breakfast. I wonder if we would have missed out on the blessings of seeing a man help our son’s car get started, of seeing our grandson score two goals, or tasting homemade eggnog. I’m glad I will never know.

To think it all began with a cup of tea.

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