I used to dread mornings.
The first thing I would notice every time my alarm went off was how little motivation I had to get out of bed. My mornings would go something like this. My alarm was set to go off one hour before I had to be at work. I would hit snooze at least three times before finally crawling out from under the covers. That heroic act gave me a solid 30 minutes to get ready, leave the apartment, and get walk into my classroom right on time.
If it isn’t already obvious, let me make it clear that I routinely skipped breakfast because I “didn’t have time”. You’re probably thinking, “so what? I don’t eat breakfast either!” I would hope that you at least schedule time in your day to eat something because that was rarely the case with me. Whatever I ate was always rushed either during the thirty-minute break we got at school or in the thirty minutes I stopped at home before rushing off to my afternoon teaching job at an academy from 3.30pm to 9pm.
I used to feel like I had no time to do anything but exist and make money. It was a constant cycle of putting myself last, and for what? I ended up living for the weekend and holidays as if I wasn’t living what was supposed to be my dream life abroad in Madrid at 25! Instead, it felt like I was in my forties stuck in a dead-end job I hated and there was no end in sight.
I know you’re thinking I am being dramatic, but it was that bad.
Honestly, miserable does not begin to describe how I felt two years ago but realising I had a choice was my saving grace. My mornings were one of the first things I worked on when I started working with a life coach because it was the one part of my day that I could fully dedicate to me.
It took some time, and a lot of trial and error but now, I love mornings. With each new day comes a new set of opportunities for me to start fresh and do better than I did yesterday. How I start my day, or more specifically how I spend those first few hours in the morning has a big impact on how I show up throughout the rest of the day.
Once I started thinking of my morning routine as setting the tone for my entire day, the gears shifted. My morning habits was the ultimate way I could start with self and be able to pour into my cup before facing what waits for me outside in the world.
I’m sure you see yourself reflected in some parts of my story from two years ago (that snooze button is a real life saver, eh?). On the mornings that you just can’t make yourself get out of bed when the alarm first goes off, how do you typically feel from start to finish that day?
How much did you got done on those mornings when you got up with your first alarm vs. on the mornings when you hit snooze multiple times? When are you able to do all the things you set out to do? How do your days compare when you hit the snooze button over and over again vs. when you get up with the alarm?
I’m genuinely curious, but something tells me that on the mornings when you got up as soon as the alarm went off, you had a much smoother ease into your day. Perhaps you were able to accomplish the goals you set for yourself, too! On the flip-side, those days that you sleep through the snooze button can leave you feeling completely out of it from start to finish (am I right?).
Take a wild guess where the saying about “waking up on the wrong side of the bed” comes from … You’re absolutely right! Now is your chance to make sure you wake up on the right side of the bed and start our day off in a way that allows you feel more grounded and aligned.
I want you to know that you set the tone for how your day is going to go first thing in the morning. Starting your day off intentionally is the perfect way to put yourself in the driver’s seat. Think about it, your morning rituals are your opportunity to set the stage for how you want to feel throughout the day and also how you will feel when your head hits the pillow at the end of the night.
My goal is to guide you through the process of building a morning routine that prioritises rest before you lose energy throughout the day that lies ahead. As we’ve already established, your morning routine is an important task and the best thing to pay attention to if you’re used to feeling drained and exhausted by the end of the day. Here’s the thing, even if you wake up earlier than you’d prefer, carving time out first thing in the morning to start with self set up the foundation for you to feel much happier and your day will run smoother as a result.
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