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There’s no denying that for some, mornings can be a real challenge; getting everyone ready and where they need to be before then doing the same for yourself can mean that it’s the busiest time of your day. But if you dream of a calmer and more mindful start to your day, then it’s more than possible. Here are a few tips that help me get started every morning and make the most of the day ahead…
Find time for Yourself
Even a few quiet minutes can make a world of difference, trust me. And it doesn’t matter where you find it, try sitting quietly before anyone else wakes up or while they’re getting ready. You can even find a few minutes in your car before you head into work - it doesn’t have to be about creating the perfect setting, it’s more about finding a short pause before the day really gets started. This is a simple one to try and you’ll be amazed at the difference it makes.
There are plenty of things that you’re grateful for every day. But how often do you consciously acknowledge them? Try thinking about the things you’re grateful for - even if you can only find a few right now. Maybe start a gratitude journal, there are so many beautiful journals to choose from or simply grab your favourite notebook. I’m sure your gratitude list will be a lot longer than you realise. Click here to read more on how to develop a gratitude mindset.
The days of wearing your multi-tasking badge of honour are over. I know, I've been there too! We've all taken pride in being able to handle more than we should and still get it done but the time has come for that stop! (research proved that it never really worked anyway). Focus is the key to getting anything done efficiently, accurately and with less stress. Take a look at your list of 'things to do' and allocate time to complete each task. Try removing distractions such as phones while you focus on getting your day off to a great start.
Although we might have in our minds how the perfect morning should look, it’s probably unlikely that it’ll ever happen that way. And, that’s ok. Showing yourself a little compassion especially when setbacks happen is essential to keeping yourself calm. Don’t let your inner critic or perfectionism take over and flood your mind with negativity. Be kind to yourself, you’re human and doing your best - take a breath, let it go and smile. Here are a few more ways that you can learn to be kinder to yourself.
If thinking about your day ahead fills you with feelings of overwhelm and dread then it'll be a challenge to feel good about your day. Try taking 5 minutes to think about what you want to achieve - it's possible that all of the tasks swimming around your head are not as important as they feel. I like to write down the three most important things I need to get done, it takes some practise to reduce that mile long ‘to do’ list but it’s such a gift to focus on the things that matter the most.
I know that this can seem easier said than done, especially if you have children that struggle to make it through the night. But, there are a few things that you can do to help them and yourself get more quality rest. Creating an evening routine is my favourite because it helps everyone in the house to relax and wind down at the end of the day. Here are some more tips on creating an evening routine and powering down for a good night’s rest.
Nourish Your Body
Please don’t eat on the move. It doesn’t take long to eat a nourishing breakfast, something that supports your mind and body for the morning ahead. Try not to over caffeinate or fill up your body with unnecessary stodgy foods that are high in carbohydrates and will only have you reaching for the sugar when you get to work! If you can, then spend a few slow minutes enjoying your food but don’t worry too much if some days eating a piece of fruit in the solace of your car is all you can manage - the goal is progress not perfection!
And lastly, smile because you’re blessed to have a new day ahead of you and you’re here to enjoy it.
AUTHOR: LEANNA DOOLIN
Co – Founder of holistic skincare brand, Pure Thoughts and advocate for women finding pause in their day to breathe deeply, give thanks and reconnect to what matters. Loves early mornings, dogs and books that you can’t put down.