Do you want to feel the benefits of a daily morning routine? Do you find it hard to ‘come to’, to wake fully, wake unrefreshed ?
Research is fully behind the idea that a daily morning routine benefits us so we can better handle daily stress. As you will know from your own life and if you have read my short blog on stress (you can catch up with it here), stress is a factor in the lives of most of people. How you feel about it will depend on what it does for you.
A daily morning routine which gives you space and silence could benefit you hugely.
What should be part of my morning routine?
You choose. It all depends what you can fit in. However I would absolutely include drinking water (with lemon) first thing and a bit of a stretch.
Consider any of the following:
- not turning on your phone the moment your eyes open. Or not having your phone switched on in your bedroom – by your bedside – while you sleep. Dealing with the trials of the world before you’ve even brushed your teeth is a stressful, reactive start to the day.
- waking 15-30mins before everyone else. Using that time to listen to some gentle music. Just sit and have a warm drink. Look out of the window.
- introduce silence – 5/10/15 minutes of doing and saying nothing each day.
- start the day with stretching or yoga.
- read some pages of a novel with that cup of tea/ coffee/ hot water.
- start a gratitude diary. Divide each day into three parts:
- What you are grateful for on waking.
- What you are observing about yourself – how are you feeling? Bright and refreshed? Sluggish and apathetic? And finally, at the end of the day,
- What has made your day? It might be the rainbow earlier. Or the smile from a stranger in the street. Or getting done all the chores you planned. And complete it every day for a month initially.
This is what I do…
I like to suggest approaches I have tried myself.
I started my gratitude diary at the same time that I stopped switching my phone on first thing in the morning – around February 2018. I find that writing my diary, delaying the phone switch-on and 15 mins of stretches each morning makes me feel in control of my day. I feel powerful. And energised. So much so I have carried it forward to my holidays. It’s not a chore. It makes me feel good.
The other part of my daily routine which gives me time and space – to reflect and plan and gaze over horizons and enjoy dappled woodland – is walking my dog, Roxy.
She’s old now following a major injury in September last year. But always, always up for a walk. You can spot her in the corner of this video. We’re on Purdown looking over Bristol and Bath (on the horizon)
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Other actions to consider…
I wrote a piece on Facebook recently about my decision to delete Twitter from my phone. You can read that here. Days on, it still feels like a good decision. The next step is to delete my account altogether. I’m not quite ready yet…
I am feeling the urge to disentangle myself in general actually. I have stopped sound notifications on my phone for everything aside from the ringtone, my business email and texts. Everything else can simply wait. It cuts down my distractions and interruptions. I have deleted redundant emails and blocked and unsubscribed. Too much time was being wasted dealing with them. Time I could be spending by myself. Walking. Reading. Listening to music. Or just looking out of the window at my garden.
If you’re someone who likes a regime to follow, this one sums things up really well I think
Give it a try. One small change at a time. Easy does it.
Where do you live?
I love living in Bristol. There’s lots of energy and vibrancy here. People are friendly and approachable and that makes living in a city – especially in the centre – really enjoyable.
Wherever you are, perhaps you are looking for ways to bring health and wellbeing into your life?
How can you do that?
What do we talk about in a consultation?
We talk about what’s bothering you, what’s taking your energy and attention and how you can make life better using homeopathy and introducing small changes to create big effects.
My blogs are a way into to talking about bringing simple healthy habits into your daily life. Whether that’s walking more, being less distracted, healthy recipes or thought provoking (I hope!) things which interest me.
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