How to make your morning instantly more amazing
Many people struggle in the morning, especially at this time of year when it’s dark and cold (if you live in Canada anyways). I was experiencing some post holidays blues after Christmas when an inspiring new resource gave me just the boost I needed to get back into a positive mood.
I discovered the 5 minute journal thanks to fellow vlogger and in this video I explain the one question it features that you can ask yourself (and answer) in the morning to have a kick ass day. Seriously guys, this was a game changer for me when I was down in the dumps and I think it will inspire you big time. Enjoy watching!
As promised in the video, you can purchase the 5 minute journal here. As for the other posts and videos I mentioned, you can find them here:
You know that colleague that walks into the office bright and cheery on Monday morning that kind of annoys you but that you also secretly envy? You tell yourself that they are a “morning person” and that they probably have a natural disposition to be in a good mood as soon as they wake up. Although it is said that we do have a tendency to either be night owls or early risers, we can actually take steps to create a positive morning routine that will start our day off right.
Believe it or not, I never used to roll out of bed before 11:00 am. That was until I got a dog that would wake me up at 6:00 am because he was ready for his morning stroll. This got me into the habit of going for early walks, which opened me to a whole new world. One filled with peace and quiet in a usually bustling city, gorgeous sunrises and some me time before the craziness of the day started. I eventually added in other elements to my morning routine, which gave me pleasure and brought positivity to a moment of the day that used to be quite difficult to get through. Here are some tips to turn your morning whine fest into an enjoyable moment.
Be mindful of what you expose yourself to when you wake up
Your brain is like a sponge when you first open your eyes. It’s very receptive to the initial thoughts you have and whatever information you expose it to so choose your first actions every carefully. I used to turn the TV on as soon as I woke up but that was probably the worst thing I could do. Watching the morning news, which is mostly negative, generated unnecessary stress and worry and made me feel hopeless regarding everything that was going on in the world.
Instead, I now I turn to my meditation playlist to take in some relaxing and positive thoughts. Depending on how much time I have, I might do a quick 5 minutes (I love Gabrielle Bernstein’s free Morning meditation, #33 in the list) or if I can, I will do a longer meditation like those currently offered in Oprah’s and Deepak Chopra’s 21 day Meditation Challenge. Meditating allows me to set an intention for my day, to be still and I can more easily go back to that place when I face challenging moments. If you would like to give meditation a try, here are some tips for beginners.
After my detoxifying hot drink, I whip up a healthy breakfast. If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I am a big fan of smoothies, fresh juices and breakfast bowls. Breakfast truly is the most important meal of the day and when you feed your body good food, it will thank you in return with high energy levels which allow you to power through your day. For me, a healthy breakfast includes fresh fruit and protein.
I am an active girl so if I don’t have enough protein, I will be hungry an hour later and will grab any snack I can (which I usually regret eating immediately after). I love Greek yogurt, almond butter, almond milk, various nuts, quinoa and some eggs on occasion. If you are curious to see and try some of my morning concoctions, you can check some of my favourites out here and also connect with me on Instagram, Facebook and/or Twitter where I share many of my breakfast creations. My Food & Drink board on Pinterest will inspire you for sure as well.