It’s easy to let yourself be caught up in the hustle and bustle of a morning routine. We can be so focused on what time we need to be out the door and, working back from there, what time we should be shovelling down breaky, jumping into and out of the shower, snoozing or not snoozing. The morning can be quite exhausting and we haven’t even made it to our desks yet.
What needs to happen is that we start our day PROACTIVELY rather than REACTIVELY.
What do I mean by this? Well I mean, instead of reacting to the time or to traffic or anything external, we maintain an air of grace and calm as we move through the morning’s activities. Instead of thinking “crap, now I only have 10 minutes to make breakfast and eat it before I run to the bus!” it becomes “I am going to enjoy this breakfast right now”. We move from worrying about the future or beating ourselves up about the past and just focus on the task at hand.
We need to trust that we will get there on time.
We need to trust that the future will unfold the way we want it to. The best way to do that is to be present to what you are doing moment to moment, not being distracted and being calm.
Here are my top 10 tips for staying present during your morning routine:
- Before you even open your eyes in the morning, think of 10 things you are grateful for. Start off with an attitude of gratitude.
- As you get out of bed, decide how you want to feel during the day. For example, today I wanted to feel happy and energetic.
- Focus on those feelings while getting ready. Repeat them to yourself like a mantra.
- Play some funky music to put you in the mood (this also helps to switch off the monkey mind)
- Pause between each mouthful you eat. Put your hands in your lap and breathe. Really taste your food.
- Take a different route to work. Or walk a different way to the bus stop. Look at a different house on the street. Notice your surroundings in a different light.
- Don’t look at the news! If you have to, get a 10 minute version and then switch to something funny or uplifting.
- Same goes for emails. Don’t open emails on your phone during your commute. They can wait until you are at your desk.
- Sing in the shower or in the car or wherever – sing and make yourself laugh
- Repeat this mantra to yourself “I am pure, calm grace”
Now I’d love to hear from you. What do you do each morning that sets you up for the day? What habits do you think you should stop doing? Comment below!