How do you start your day? Are you aware of your thoughts when you first wake up? Are you mindful to the types of thoughts you have when you first open your eyes?
For me, this was something I used to never pay attention to. I was never mindful at the types of thoughts that ran through my head when I first woke up. My thoughts were just an automated response (mostly consisting of not wanting to wake up). I was on autopilot basically.
Below are three ways I start my day by honoring my mind, lifestyle, and body...
However, I have made sure to be more mindful of my thoughts. I started practicing this last year. I would wake up and my first thought, I made sure was of gratitude. When I decided to start my day with a grateful attitude, there wasn't really anything that triggered it at the time. I just thought to myself, it couldn't hurt to be grateful first thing in the morning. Of course, there are days when I forget and other days where I just want to go back to sleep and dread waking up. But when I have a negative thought, I immediately replace it with gratitude. I don't always have something specific to be grateful for that early in the morning, so I just politely give thanks just for the day.
I can't give you evidence about how my life has changed due to this routine but I can tell you that my attitude has changed. I am a lot more patient than I used to be, more accepting of changes that occur throughout the day. I am definitely more relaxed, and I contribute that to giving thanks in the morning. It's a small gesture but it really has a huge impact on your attitude towards the day.
Another thing I do in the morning is make my bed. It sounds easy enough and maybe lots of people already practice this. But I use to never make my bed. I would get up, rush to get ready for work, and leave. However, since I started making my bed, it actually makes me feel good for the day because I started it off with something productive. It's also nice to come home and walk into your room with your bed made.
Once, my bed has been made, I also try to make sure I give myself enough time to make a veggie shake in the morning. This consists of almond milk, flax-seed oil, Greek yogurt, frozen berries, Kale and/or spinach, 1 carrot, and beets. Knowing that I'm intentionally starting my day with something healthy makes me feel like I'm honoring my body. Thus, making me feel responsible and good about my morning start. I was not always responsible with my health. I used to be careless about what I fed myself. But now that I realize a part of honoring my body is through my healthy eating habits, I try to be more mindful about what I eat also.
I started with one thing..giving thanks first thing in the morning.Then slowly the other two activities followed. When you start making intentional healthy habits in your life, it becomes a positive snowball affect where you want other areas of your life to improve. Start small and give yourself easy achievable goals. From there, once you have a sense of routine established you can continue to "add-on". I did...and it just started with me saying, "thank you" first thing in the morning.
A little about me...
I'm learning how to look at everything with love, even if it seems impossible, like rush hour traffic. I want to share my journey of self-love so that others may want to emulate and pass it on into the universe. Ohh...and sometimes people call me Suzie.