By getting up early in the morning one also gets more time at his disposal for work as compared to late-risers. Scholar and thinkers get up early in the morning and contemplate. ~ Rig Veda
Do you wish you could just jump out of bed in the morning with the energy to take on whatever life throws at you and perform at your best?
How do you normally feel when you wake up in the morning? Do you find it especially hard to get up when you need to? Do you wake feeling lethargic and groggy, wishing you could just go back to sleep? When you actually crawl out of bed, do you get out feeling tired, restless, worn-out, exhausted, stressed, even mad at the world? Do you look at the upcoming day with anxiety and fear?
I’m willing to bet you’ve experienced on many occasions the effects of not having enough time to prepare for work once you’ve managed to get out of bed. Does this sound familiar? The alarm clock sounds, eventually waking you up, but over and over you hit the snooze button turning it off. Under the control of that early morning brain fog, you slowly think about whether or not you should actually get up. Your internal dialogue sounds something like this: ‘It’s lovely and warm under this duvet. If I get up, it’s going to be freezing cold. That won’t be nice at all. I know I really should get up now. I don’t have to get up right this minute, do I? I can just stay here for another five minutes or so. I won’t be too far behind my necessary schedule if I don’t get up right now.’ And this scenario goes on and on, until you eventually roll out of bed at the last possible moment. Then you face a mad panic to get out the door.
Is this your daily awakening routine? When you get up like this, how much energy does it give you for the rest of the day?
Have you ever noticed that when your morning gets of to a bad start, everything just seems to go downhill from there! Throughout the day your mood is negative, you lose control of your healthy eating intentions and end up eating more food and making wrong choices, much of it high sugar and of course the day feels like a battle, going from one confrontation to another! There are days where you just stay lying in bed in the morning thinking and worrying about the day ahead, other days you are getting up and rushing round like a headless chicken trying to get a week’s worth of things done in just a day, trying to make everybody happy. Both of these actions have a tendency to start the day on a bad footing, and never seems to get better.
How different life would be if you were able to explode out of bed and start your morning in the right positive way. It would result in you finding yourself loaded with energy, and able to perform all your responsibilities throughout the day at a high productive level. You would have set the tone for the rest of your day with a high energy, let’s get things done attitude.
Starting your morning in the right way is a great habit to introduce to your life.
A while back I wrote an article called Motivational Morning Rituals where I introduced my ‘power-up’ routine, designed to help you start every morning on a high. Over the next couple of weeks I intend providing you with all the steps necessary to implement this into your life.
Mornings can be the most stressful of times. I can look back a few years, and remember my own household and it’s not so calm start to each day. I was the only man in a family of four. So I was often the onlooker at a warring family, starting their day in totally the wrong way.
Firstly, there was my eldest daughter. Now if there was a bad morning riser, she was it. It didn’t help that she would stay up into the early morning hours, messaging her friends in msn, texting others, and chatting on the phone to her boyfriend. Oh to be a multi tasking female. So when it was time to get up and get ready for school, neither her mind nor body were willing. So, my wife would start the initial wake up procedure, with a gentle motherly voice, suggesting it was time to leave the warmth and comfort of her bed. Slowly this would disintegrate into shouting up the stairs at her, and on the real bad days, it would be suggested to me that I get up their and sort out ‘my daughter’.
Then there was the fact we only had two bathrooms. So it was like the start of the 100 metres Olympic final. If you could get in their first you had done well. But if you thought you could read the paper on the throne, think again, the knocking on the door would commence quickly. Followed by the panicked voices of fear that yet again one or other of the kids would miss school registration.
The issue of clothes often would cause much distress. Can’t find an item, finding something that was dirty, or realising that going around and around in the washing machine was exactly the shirt that was needed today. Worse case scenario here was when one of the girls was wearing just the top that belonged to her Sister, who intended wearing it today. World War Three would break out.
And the joys of hair. Now in my family GHD hair straighter were the only ones that were good enough to do the job properly. Every morning three females straightening their hair was an event. The rows over who was using them, and what room they were in was truly gruesome.
The panic at realising yet again, they were late for school, or the wife late for work was a daily occurrence. As was grabbing toast on the run.
With all this going on tempers were generally frayed, arguments were the norm, and three females stressed, angry and unhappy would leave the house. Is there any wonder I designed my power-up morning routine before they were up.
But the point is, that starting the day in this fashion, really didn’t get any of them up and raring to go. It was like running against a hurricane wind, exhausted before they’d even got out the door. There minds were in a negative mood instantly, and would probably stay there for most the day. This is no good for anyone.
At times of school exams, you could multiply the stress levels ten fold. When the wife had issues hanging over her at work, the same applied. So waking and switching into a negative stress filled mind set immediately was a common occurrence.
By starting your morning right, your body feels better and so does your mind. That increases physical health and decreases stress, which is something all of us could use.
When I present this ‘power-up’ routine during my Combat Stress ‘The Healthy Lifestyle Way’ Seminars, the initial reaction from the audience is generally poor. Their immediate thoughts are that to do anything extra in the morning is out of the question. By the end, general consensus is ‘yes, we can do this’ and the opportunity of having more energy, motivation and a sense of achievement first thing in the morning ensures they go home and give it a try. The feedback that I have received is how great a difference it has made to many people’s life.
Don’t underestimate the importance of a positive morning routine. By starting your day off in a positive way you will set your day on to a healthy path. A good start to the day will make a huge difference to your motivation, happiness and life. You have to make it a priority in your life.
My morning power up session gives you a great start to your day supporting your physical and emotional health. Through my blog I now intend providing you the steps to my ‘power-up’ routine.
Tomorrow, I will continue introducing you to The Morning Power up Session.
‘The moment when you first wake up in the morning is the most wonderful of the twenty-four hours. No matter how weary or dreary you may feel, you possess the certainty that, during the day that lies before you, absolutely anything may happen. And the fact that it practically always doesn’t, matters not a jot. The possibility is always there’. ~Monica Baldwin