by Robyn Batts
Few things are worse than that dreaded moment when your alarm goes off, signaling the abrupt transition from blissful sleep to panicked work mode. But what if your morning didn't have to be stressful or rushed? By waking up a bit earlier and spending mornings intentionally, you put yourself in a position to think more clearly, be more present, and live more fully. Here are several ways to use that first part of your day to its fullest potential!
1. Read something inspirational: Whether it's scripture, poetry, or an excerpt from your favorite book, starting the day off with a positive message will set the tone for the rest of your day.
2. Be active: Go for a walk. Do sunrise yoga. Take a spin class. Begin your morning with physical activity and you'll kick-start your day with an energy boost. Plus, who doesn't want more endorphins?
3. Make a balanced breakfast: How many days do you run out the door with a granola bar in hand that you scarf down at a "breakfast table" strangely resembling your steering wheel? There's something so meaningful and peaceful about cooking a meal and making the time to sit and enjoy it. Even if just one day a week, create this time for yourself. It will become a tradition that gives you a sense of calm and relaxation before you hit the to-do list.
4. Write out three things you are thankful for: Fostering positivity first thing in the morning can change your whole day's perspective. Focus on a few things that you are grateful for and reflect on them throughout the day.
5. Catch up on current events: Maybe the paper boy doesn't drop off the latest news on your doorstep, but thanks to the Internet, you can keep up to date with what's going on in the world. We love theSkimm (featured on our list of September Favorite Things!) and their quirky, easy-to-read daily email newsletter.
6. Listen to music: Play a peaceful instrumental album as you get ready or crank up your favorite pump up song. The soundtrack for your day is up to you!
7. Set goals for the day: It's easy to jump into the day without direction, but taking the time to set work and personal goals will help you stay focused and will keep your schedule from controlling you.