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Trade Checking Your Phone In the Morning and Try Meditation and Self- Reflection

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at NSU chapter.

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. 

Mikyah Henderson is a young collegiette woman who is not hesitant to take her creativity to newer limits. As a sophomore General English major at Norfolk State University, she discovers Lyman Beecher Brooks Library as her home along with letting her creations on paper take flight. After being a drama club member at her public high school in Highland Springs, Virginia, she learned that it is okay to be unique and to never let stereotypes defy anything that her future will foretell. One day, she hopes to own her own practice as a Family/ Marriage Counselor for relationships in need of guidance and support as well as taking her love for fiction to even greater heights
I am a Mass Communications General Broadcasting major at Norfolk State University. My goal is to become a media influencer and to inspire many in my position.