The way in which you wake up can have great effect on how your day goes. Chances are, you’ve noticed this. Your day after a good night’s sleep and gently waking up to the slow rise of the sun , versus your day when you’re deep in a dream and your kid Bruce Lee’s you square in the face, looks differently.
I’m already not a morning person. So if my morning cracks off with something annoying, get the hell out of my way. Throughout this never-ending journey of personal happiness, I’m constantly researching ways to perk life up. I’ve put together a kickass list of morning rituals for you to start your day off on the right foot. Check it out.
- Wake up to your favorite song. Think of that one song that no matter how many times you’ve heard it, when you’re hearing it, where you’re hearing it… it takes you right to cloud 9. If you wake up to an alarm, download the song & set it as your alarm tone. If not, just throw it on first thing when you wake up.
- Don’t touch your phone. Grabbing your phone to play your favorite song should be the only thing you do with it. Lay it nearby, close your eyes to hear your song, and put it right back out of sight. Your brain does not want to wake up to e-mails, notifications, calendars, and whatever other bullshit your phone contains.
- Be grateful. Take a moment to think of what you’re feeling grateful for. Soak it in. Say thank you.
- Write something down. Keep a journal and pen next to your bed. After jamming out & expressing gratitude, jot down any thoughts that are swirling around in your mind. If you’re feeling good, document that. If you’re worried about something or stressed – write it out and let it go.
- Visualize. Toss the journal and relax your body. With your mind freshly cleaned out, create clear mental images of what you want your day to look like. Imagine yourself being productive, calm, happy and successful.
- Be conscious of your body. Now that the mindful stuff is out of the way, it’s time to reconnect with your bod. Your brain has been in rest mode for several hours at this point, and could use your help with getting back in sync with your body.
I found this interesting article on self.com, where a certified & licensed psychoanalyst, Jack Wiener, talks about how the most important thing you can do as soon as you wake up is to gently bring your awareness fully into your body. He says that doing so helps you to maintain a sense of grounding that can help you cope with the physical and mental stresses of daily life, as you move through your day. Here’s what he says to do:
(from self.com) ⇓
Gently flex and point your feet for 15-30 seconds. This, says Weiner, is a good way to gently begin to activate your musculature and to bring your awareness to your feet, which is literally grounding. Then, wiggle your fingers and gently open and close you hands into a fist shape for 15-30 seconds. “Those are small little things,” says Weiner, but they can really help you if your standard MO is to immediately activate your whole body by springing out of bed with your mind on what you have to get done.
Next, as you get out of bed …
Consciously place your feet on the floor. Stand there for a moment, fully aware of the floor beneath you, and concentrate on feeling grounded.
Do a gentle hamstring stretch. “This will sustain your connection to the ground,” Weiner says, and delay the pulling up into your upper body that leads not only to a lack of feeling grounded, but to tension in your neck and shoulders. The more grounded and “in your body” you can start your day, says Weiner, the more you will be able to carry this feeling and awareness into the rest of your day. Good morning, indeed!
I literally feel better just reading about this shit. Let’s rise and shine.