The last few days I’ve been feeling like rubbish; I’m just not productive at all. I’d start something but I don’t finish it. Or I’m just completely and totally blank when I’m ready to start writing an article for my blog! Have you ever had those days? Well, instead of thinking about all the things I had to do and didn’t do, I brought myself into the present moment. Whenever I feel myself becoming stress, I take a breather and relax. But how do I do that; well here’s how I cease my day and make it a little bit better!
Wake up a few minutes earlier. I’m usually up by 6:15am as I have to prepare to send my two little ones off to school. But even though I’m up, there are those mornings when I wake up in a flurry of panic the moment the alarm goes off because I need to get everything done on time. Being short of time makes your stress levels rise so make your mornings easier by setting your alarm 15 minutes before you need to get up. This will leave plenty of time for your body and mind to wake up so you can get ready without the stress. You can begin your mornings by lying in bed, slowly waking up and stretching. Also, by giving yourself more time, you are also better preparing yourself for surprises and last minute things that may pop up. It’s important to prepare yourself mentally as well as physically for your day.
Kick start your day with some energy. Waking up in the morning is hard enough at the best of times, let alone if you have had a busy week or a late night. A lot of people think the answer is to stop on the way to work and buy an energy drink or a sugary coffee; but there are healthier and tastier ways to kick start your day! I’m a big green tea drinker (I have 2-3 cups everyday) so this is a brilliant drink as it contains natural forms of caffeine that give you that kick start to the day without the withdrawal symptoms you may find when you drink coffee or regular tea. Something else I like drinking is Lemon water — having a glass of warm water with a slice of fresh lemon in it as it aids your digestion and will contribute towards a less bloated tummy. Blending (or juicing) is a great, really efficient and fast way for your body to get all the green power it needs for that extra boost in the morning. And finally, smoothies are also a great energy boost in the morning, especially when they are made with fresh fruit. This is something hubby and I enjoy doing most mornings as well.
Prioritize your tasks by setting goals. Having a long list of tasks to do can be overwhelming so tackle any problems head-on at the start of the day to get them out of the way as early as possible or at least some of them. Work or blogging can easily overwhelm us so in order not to get lost in the sea of tasks we have to do, remember to list them down based on level of priority. It’s a good idea to have some sort of journal where you can write your “To-Do List” for the day (or have one on your phone — there are many great Apps out there). By setting manageable goals throughout the day, it’ll make it easier to stay focused and on track.
Early morning exercise. Exercise in the morning provides a wide range of benefits that offer physical and mental gratification and research has shown that morning exercisers tend to work out harder and longer than afternoon or evening exercisers. The thought of exercise in the evening makes me feel tired and even a little restless. So walk the dog or go for a run; do something that gets your blood pumping and makes you sweat will do the trick. I’ve grown to love early mornings exercise and find that it enhance my metabolism as well as improve my physical and mental energy. My littlest one school is about 7 minutes from our house so after dropping her off to school in the mornings, I either jog or do a brisk walk back to the house. And BOOM, I get my exercise for the day! 🙂
Have a bath. Rather than that quick dash in and out of the shower, make some me-time and have a bubble bath any day of the week. I love taking baths anytime of the week and breaking out some candles!
Do something new. It’s always fun to do something new, but often we fall into the trap of spending our days the same way. Plan to try a new lunch place or visit a nearby farmer’s market. Switching up your routine a little will give you something to look forward to and it’s fun too!
Read a motivational quote every morning. Words of wisdom that will shape your day can provide a frame for the day, a sort of self-talk that keeps you motivated in the right direction as opposed to the negative thinking of the morning news.
Share your tips for making your day better! I’d love to hear! 🙂