What the very first thing you do when you wake up every morning? Most of us can say we stretch out our limbs or say a daily affirmation to get a good start to our day. While this may be two good examples, let’s be honest, the majority of us would probably wake up every morning and check our notifications from our smartphones. The constant scrolling through spending the first 30 minutes of your day checking to see who likes what photo or hope your significant other sends you cute little emoji’s.
This can only prompt you to be more connected to be more distracted and even disconnected from what could be a great morning for you. You might even wonder what is certain tactics that could help improve your morning to a point where checking your smartphone is at the bottom of the priority list for the day. Depending on how grounded you want to become with yourself every morning, you can try self-reflection and calming meditation.
Start off With Some Self-Reflection
There’s nothing like waking up on a beautiful morning and having that time to look back at how far you have come to be who you are today. Take the time to look back at the good times that enjoyed throughout the week whether it be having no class the entire day or getting a free Starbucks drink on a hot day. There is always going to be something positive that you have experienced and just looking back on that positivity can also help you to keep that positive mindset going the rest of the week. If you want to take your self-reflection a step further you can also journal what made your day positive and even predict how positive the next day is going to be. Evening a little self-reflecting with a dash of journaling can put all the positivity in your atmosphere.
Make The Most With Meditation
When most people think about just hearing the word “meditation” they would probably think to pop open that yoga mat and sit in a criss-cross position for the next 30 minutes. Meditation is actually more than just being apart of a yoga exercise, meditating can also be a way to put yourself in a more relaxed and calm mindset while also lowering your levels of anxiety. On those mornings when you wake up after dealing with a rough yesterday full of stress, try following through with a short guided meditation that you can listen to on YouTube or simply download meditation apps like Headspace, Insight Timer, or Smiling Mind. You can meditate for ten minutes or if you are more comfortable try to meditate for at least 30 minutes to an hour before you start tackling your daily routine.