I would love for you to ask yourself this question...
"How do I spend the first and last 30 minutes of my day?"
My husband told me that he heard this question being asked on talk back radio last week and it really got me thinking. How do I spend this time? Here is the reality...
My alarm goes off and I reach for my phone, quickly checking my social media notifications and emails. Depending on the day I may head straight into my studio for my first appointment of the day or I head into the kitchen and make myself breakfast.
I eat breakfast while watching the news.
I usually spend the evening sitting on the couch with my hubby and our two cats watching telly. Then off to bed around 9:30-10:00pm. I wash my face and get into my PJ's. I then jump into bed and read a book until lights out.
Hmmmm...not how I would like to spend the first and last 30 minutes of my day. How does yours look? Happy with it? I feel stressed and rushed, especially with my mornings.
During the evening I try and stay off my phone, I have had enough social media time throughout the day as it is so I think this is a good habit I have got myself into. But I know I can do more especially with the first part of my day.
Why do I check my phone before I am even really awake? This needs to stop. And then while eating breakfast I watch the news...depressing any one?
"The way we begin our day is so important to how the rest of our day will flow.
By checking social media and emails before even getting out of bed is setting me up for overwhelm.
Watching the news while eating breakfast is filling my fresh mind with the negative things happening in this world before the day has even begun. Stress is already on it's way.
What would happen if I started off my day in a much more positive and self-caring way?
I believe I would be less stressed and overwhelmed. My day could be full of positivity and good thoughts. Creativity and ideas may flow easier. Life through my eyes will appear brighter. Happiness will just be there.
This is how I would like to begin and end my day. A work in progress that I will aim to implement and note the differences in how I feel and how my days run.
My alarm goes off and I reach for my phone to turn it off. I put my phone back down. I do some stretching as I am getting out of bed and repeating an affirmation such as "today is going to be a great day".
I head into the kitchen and make breakfast. If the weather is nice I will head outside and eat in nature with my thoughts flowing. If not, I will sit at my kitchen table and read a book or a magazine with music on in the background.
Movement of some kind and mediation will follow.
I will spend the evening sitting on the couch with my hubby or going for a walk if the weather is nice. Off to bed around 9:30-10:00pm. I will wash my face, pop on a mask and get into my PJ's. I will then jump into bed, write down three things I am grateful for from my day and ask my hubby the same question. I will grab a book and read until lights out.
Wow, I must say this new way of beginning and finishing my day feels so much more light and relaxing. It already puts a smile on my face and makes me happy.
Now over to you, how would you like to begin and end your day? How does the difference between what you currently do and what you will now implement into your life feel? I would love to hear it, please share in the comments below...
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