we’ve all had the mornings where we turn off the alarm and off we go. the day becomes a series of whatever pulls us hardest in that direction. and some days that just cannot be helped. but for the most part i find that spending some time in the morning thinking, reading, writing, & planning make a huge difference on how the rest of the day goes. for those of us with a chronic illness, the day can be one extreme or other, either trying to keep up with a busy schedule or not feeling able to do much, so i think it’s particularly beneficial to help set the tone as best we can. here are 5 ways to start off your day with intention.
when you wake up before you get out of bed, take a moment to get your bearings. take 5 slow and deep breaths in through your nose and out through your mouth. say quietly in your mind “i’m grateful for a new day”.
set aside time in the morning just for yourself. no tv, no emails, no social media. if you have kids or a job that may mean getting up a little earlier to carve out the time.
read a few pages of something inspirational or positive. i get my little corner of the sofa set up with my coffee & some gentle music in the background.
think, write and plan. whatever that means to you. you may enjoy journaling, reviewing goals, plans, to do lists, & schedules. even if you’re staying home for the day, choose a few things that you’ll do.
meditate- even just 3-5 minutes is beneficial.
off you go! have a beautiful day. ~kai