Either you run the day or the day runs you. – Jim Rohn
Each of us has a unique way of having morning rituals that works for us to make it through the day. I would like to share with you how I do mine, and it’s pretty simple and basic.
First and foremost it is important to have a good amount of sleep at night to wake up energized and refreshed in the morning. It would help to know your chronotype that way you can have a guide that can make you more productive with your time knowing which hours you can perform best. Here is a link to the quiz by Dr. Michael Breus to know your chronotype. My chronotype is a Bear of which 50% of the people fall in that category. Dave on the other hand is a Lion just basing on how very early he rises at 4 am in the morning, which i have adopted in my routine and somehow works for me even if typically a bear rises at around 7am.
Waking up early has a a lot of good benefits, you get a lot of things done and you feel good. I used to stay up as late as midnight to 1 am and wake up around 6am. And because of the lack of sleep I was often sleepy, tired, not very attentive and unfocused thus making me unproductive and relating to others may not be too efficient. Often times when I didn’t have enough sleep it results to laziness, cranky mood and maybe even a migraine.
Going back on my Healthy Morning routine; number one on the list is have a good enough sleep the night before, 6 – 8 hours.
2nd if you need an alarm to wake you up try as much to use the mechanical alarm clock and avoid the digital ones with the blue light. You must sleep in total darkness ban any artificial lights in the bedroom. Ideally no phones in the bedroom so there will be no disruption put it in silent mode even if it’s outside the bedroom. But if you are using your smartphone as alarm try to put it in airplane mode to avoid EMF (Electro Magnetic Field). I can talk about EMF more in the future.
3rd, don’t check your phone or go scrolling on your email or social media after turning off your alarm. If you are a couple, hug and cuddle for a few minutes nothing is more energizing than a good hug and a kiss from the person we love at the start of our day. This is your moment with the people you love. If you think of it you spend more hours at work than with people at home so savor every time you have with them. Your email can wait when you clock in. Don’t take your family and love ones for granted. If you are single, still be grateful that you are gifted with another day to celebrate life and who knows today may be the day love finds you.
4th, prepare yourself a warm drink….coffee or tea. If you are avoiding caffeine there’s decaf coffee and there are herb teas or organic teas that will tell you if it’s caffeine free. And of course my favorite Hot Dark Chocolate. Dave brews his own coffee the classic way, he makes sure it’s organic and light roast. If I do drink tea i do the red roiboos tea with creamer or almond milk if you are lactose intolerant. Yummy! For a quick breakfast on the go we just boil our eggs and we eat the yolk rather than the white because it has more of the vitamins and nutrients, contrary to what most people think otherwise. Sometimes we do bacons or frittata but that is mostly on the weekends. Definitely no sugar or Sugary stuff in the morning even fruits with a good amount of fructose because they can spike up your blood sugar and make you hungry easily, frequently.
5th, have a good shower. I am very low key and low maintenance I can get ready in 10-15 minutes. I don’t have time to blow dry my hair so almost always I do pony tail or do a bun for my hair, moisturize and no make up. Sometimes if i have the time to remember i put on eye brow liner and lipstick. I am just glad that eating healthy helped my skin to get better and free from acne of which was a problem for years. And i get to save money from all those foundations i used to invest on to cover my imperfections. Good skin really starts from within by putting healthy food in your body. But hey when it’s date night I do a little more effort to doll me up.
6th, never leave the house without kissing or hugging the people in your home, yes even the furry ones. They are your source of inspiration, your motivation to be a better you and the ones you look forward to going home to.
7th, Drive safe. My commute to work takes 30 minutes, if i leave home by 5:15am I am there by 5:45am. 15 minutes earlier before my work grind starts. While driving to work I try to listen to a podcast radio. Sometimes I listen and pray along with a catholic station with prayers like the divine mercy chaplet or the Holy rosary. The rest of the time I either listen to an audible book of which this week I am listening to PCOS by Simon Lloyd or to any Health or Leadership Stations that is in my library podcast. It is the best time to learn something, early in the morning where our brain is waking up and not yet that exhausted. It absorbs information like a sponge so take advantage of that instead of listening to music. I do that on the way home when I try to just let my brain chill after knock off time. So there you go, by the time I arrive to work I am ready to seize the day and conquer my goals. But in all these I always say it in my heart I am thankful for another day for the gift of life and giving Glory to him by doing the best I can in all I do and hoping that I always make Him proud.
To God be the Glory!