I’m a morning person. I am! Most of my family and friends have no idea how I manage to be enthusiastic before the sun has risen, especially considering I don’t even drink coffee. (I know, crazy. Right?) I’m going to share the four things I do every morning that I believe attribute to my happy morning outlook. I dare you to try some and see what happens. Who knows! You just may become a morning person too. (dun dun duuun!)
1. Start the Day with a Mantra: Just after turning off my alarm and just before crawling out of bed, I announce my morning mantra. I’ve used several mantra’s over the years: I can and I will. Thank you. Today is going to be a great day!
It’s always one short sentence that resonates with me and sets an intention for the day. What will be the first words falling off your lips tomorrow morning?
2. Eat a Real Breakfast: Okay, I’m going to let you in on my weird-o food preferences. Here it goes, friend. I don’t eat cheese, eggs, maple syrup, butter, meat (so goodbye bacon, sausage, and ham), or yogurt. I’m basically the worst person ever to invite to brunch.
Yet still, I crave breakfast to start my day off right. Without it, I’m lethargic and irritable. Every morning I make myself a protein packed smoothie. It takes less than five minutes to make, is delicious, healthy, and keeps me satisfied for a few hours. Plan ahead with what you want for breakfast. Have the ingredients on hand and ensure it’s somewhat easy to make–then you’ll actually make it.
3. Meditate: My mornings are full of mental to do lists. Forcing myself to slow down, if even for just five minutes to meditate, creates a pattern in my mind that tells me it’s okay to be still. It’s okay to be present. It’s good to clear away the mental clutter and to honor the one true thing in this moment–my breath.
Start with just five minutes. Allow your mind to wander. That’s okay. Just bring your mind back to your breath.
4. Be Creative: I feel most connected to myself when I’m writing. It’s my creative passion. For the past year, I’ve made the space to create every day by waking up one hour earlier in the morning so I can write before work. The outside world is quiet and I’m buzzing; just me and my keyboard. What creative urges could you make time to practice in the morning? Can you imagine how creating time for it every day could make your mornings happier and add general enrichment to your life?