The first few minutes after we wake up set the tone for our entire day. As we transition from our unconscious dream world and settle into our wake state we are extremely open and impressionable. So, instead of rolling over and reaching for your phone or turning on the TV first thing after you open your eyes, here are seven things to do in the morning to balance your mind, body and soul for the day ahead.
1. Meditate. Practicing breath and mindfulness as your first conscious activity grounds you for your entire day. Take just 5 minutes before you let yourself get caught up in your busy day’s to- do list, and anchor yourself to the present moment. This will help you allow the flow of the day to happen with less attachment.
2. Sun salutations. Do a few sun salutations when you get out of bed to stretch and awaken your body. It also helps your mind re-gain focus. Adding a few affirmation mantras as you go through the sequence will leave you feeling strong and confident for the day.
3. Eat Breakfast. We’ve all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It doesn’t need to be the first thing you do in the morning, but nutritious food is energy and life for your body and mind.
4. Practice Gratitude. Being grateful for what you have actually brings a feeling of satisfaction to your life and makes you put in perspective the things you think you need. The more grateful you are, the happier you are and by affirming your gratefulness you are actually attracting more of that energy your way. Each morning say or write out a few things you are grateful for and you will start the day on a happy note. After awhile of practicing gratitude, you will start to see a shift in your overall mood.
5. Start Positive. Keep a positive quote by your bed so it’s the first thing you see in the morning. Waking up to something inspiring is healthy for your mind and soul.
6. Morning Pages. Creativity guru, Julia Cameron, swears by her tool, the “Morning Pages.” In her book, The Artist’s Way, she encourages doing daily Morning pages as a foundation for creative recovery. Morning pages are 3 pages of stream-of-consciousness writing first thing in the morning. You can write anything that comes to mind, just don’t stop writing. The idea is to catch yourself first thing when you wake up, before you really start thinking about anything. Writing without stopping for 3 pages will evoke clarity and produce insight not only for your day, but for your life.
7. Get a breath a fresh air. Step outside, even if it’s only for a second, to breathe in nature. After being nestled in a bed all night, let the breeze and morning air hit your skin. Our natural environment is calming and peaceful and healing. In nature we feel the strongest connection to all living things and the Divine energy. Get refreshed and re-connected.
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