Mornings are my favorite time of the day. I love letting sunlight pour into our home. I am not one of those people who can wake up at 4am or 5am everyday. I tried it, and realized that my body can’t handle it long-term. But I do get up earlier than I should – before I need to get ready for work. It’s also my quiet time to ponder and reflect, like having a warm-up before heading into a busy day.
A couple of months ago, I came across the book called “The Miracle Morning”. It talks about how the way you spend your morning affects your success in different aspects of your life. The book recommends activities to incorporate into your morning routine, and I do some of them but not all. The same goes for the list I have below. These are just things that work for me, and I still would like to improve on it. However, if it doesn’t work for you, then that’s totally ok. Each one of us is different, and that’s great 😊
The first thing I need in the morning is water. I splash my face with water to wake me up, then chug down some water that my body needs.
2. Put away dry dishes
Having a clean, tidy kitchen is one of the little things that make me happy, especially when I get home from work. So I try to clear the sink and counters as often as I can.
This is my time for gratitude. I try to give gratitude for the many blessings that I have, even the ones that we usually take for granted – a roof above our heads, walls that protect us from storms and strong winds, a bed to rest in… I also thank God/the Universe for all the opportunities that have come my way, and are on its way, and feel at peace knowing that everything I need is already being taken care of.
4. Guided meditation or affirmation
I usually listen to 10-minute guided meditations or affirmations. Although I must admit, staying in the present moment is not easy for me. My mind wanders a lot, thinking of the things I have to do for the day. But I do hope that consistent practice can make it easier eventually. The few times that I actually had a good session were amazing. I felt more connected, less stressed, and more appreciative.
5. Short workout
I try to do 10-15 workouts, at least 5 days each week. I know, it should be at least 30 minutes a day, so this is one thing I’m still working on. Back when I was younger, going to the gym was a huge part of my life. I’d do 5-7 hours of hardcore exercise each week. But through the years, my priorities changed and long workouts didn’t fit in my lifestyle anymore. Nonetheless, I’m hoping I could improve on this aspect soon 😊
Bonus: Making the bed
I wake up way before my husband does and whoever is less busy in the morning makes the bed. So yes, the bed gets made every morning 👍