Simple tips to start the day off right.
From Jocko to Casey Neistat, voices with a wide reach have been trying to motivate and inspire your average Joe to wake up and get after it in the wee hours of the morning.
Truth it, we all have the same twenty-four hours in the day, and how you start it, depends on YOU.
The life you live, and the hours you work, all differ AND sometimes vary.
Some people find the 4-5-6’s of the morning hours is the best time to wake and get started, therefor they are probably in bed earlier than most. Others (me) are typically up late and adjust accordingly.
Some people live a typical workday of 0900-1700 or nine to five. I am just not one of those people.
I don’t know about you, but my schedule is all over the place with my work.
So here are a few things that help me to start the day on the right foot.
The worst feeling is waking up late and in a hurry. So, the first tip is to wake up with a plan.
That for me starts the night before with my favorite app STRUCTURE (not a plug).
Basically, a planner for my phone that helps me plan the day ahead as much as I can.
I like to plan out my day, my clothes, my eats, and pack my bag… Or bags (likely).
If you’re not a planner, you got to wake up somehow, so next is THE ALARM.
Whether you’re a one-and-done alarm type or a three-timer like me (just in case) set THAT thang.
And give yourself TIME to have a morning.
Trust me, even the slightest bit helps.
Now that’s settled.
Let’s talk about the morning. Rise and shine.
When you wake, wake with a purpose.
Count your blessings.
If you’re anything like me, there’s no need to count sheep because I fill my days so full and find myself worn by the end. Instead, I like to wake up and count three things I’m grateful for.
Personally, I like to write them down.
I use a journal (I know I’m starting to sound like a bit of a nerd) and I’ll link it HERE. The journal intends to shift your focus to the positives, for just 5 minutes, morning and night. A very doable timeframe, as the day holds 1,440 minutes and all it takes is 10.
Did you know it’s scientifically proven that CORTISOL, our stress hormone is highest in the morning?
No wonder we wake up feeling anxious for the day. So much to do, so little time as they say. Here's the science behind it, if you're into that sort of thing. (UMHS).
So, the next tip once you're up, and vibing with grateful energy is to follow your care routine. Consistency is key. Whatever that may be for you.
A morning routine is important for many reasons, here are two reasons in particular.
1. If you start the day consistently then no matter where you are geographically you'll stay on track.
For instance, if you’re traveling for work, you'll still feel at home. Likewise, if you're schedule is turned upside down and you're working midnights, you can still feel normal, even waking at 3 pm.
2. The second reason is you want to build good habits.
I am a huge advocate that the little things in life are what matter most. Little things build into big things.
For example, as soon as my feet hit the floor, and slide into my slippers, I MAKE MY BED.
Sheets tucked, blanket fluffed, and all 7 pillows in place. Why? Well, stay tuned.
I read a book that was initially a graduation speech turned book, by Navy Seal Admiral McRaven.
He said if you want to change the world, start by making your bed. I was indeed intrigued.
According to the Admiral, once you start the day making your bed, you will have accomplished the first task of the day and start the cycle of more successful tasks to come. This reinforces that the little things in life matter. Further, he says everyone has the power to make a change in the world.
YOU are included in that, and it all starts with making your bed. Bold statement, Cotton.
I know, but I like it, and I live it. Every single day.
Once my bed is made, I walk into the kitchen and turn on the tea kettle.
While it’s boiling, I do my morning thing. (Insert morning hygiene routine). Simply put for ME -- I brush my teeth, shower/wash my face, moisturizer, and drink a glass of water.
Next, comes my favorite part.
I tell ALEXA to play me a song, and I wake up my body while moving and grooving to that song.
Today was Kings and Queens, by Mat Kearney.
Once the water is boiled, I scoop COLLAGEN PEPTIDES (unflavored) 365 by Whole Foods into my mug (always a mug, TRUST ME) and use a milk frother to mix it up. 2 scoops = 22 grams of protein.
I grind some fresh coffee beans and tamp them down with a force. Then turn the expresso maker on and get that thing going, to fill my mug with freshly brewed shots and collagen for protein americano.
While I drink my coffee, I say my good mornings.
I share any gratitude, my dreams, or thoughts that came to me in the night. Whether to your person, your dog or maybe a goldfish, or even Alexa herself.
Everybody needs somebody.
The rest of the morning depends on the day.
Sometimes, it’s a quick run or training session.
If I am hungry, I’ll add a carb, homemade healthy muffins (recipe coming soon). Or plain oats, with water, cinnamon, and a banana or apple, to pair with my coffee.
I’ll cover nutrition throughout the day more in another post. Simply my philosophy, eat Whole Foods. Listen to your body, and FEED it.
On other days, I get ready for work and head to the office to meet the chaos of the day, head-on.
To recap, I plan the day before sleep and set my alarm. I wake grateful and begin my routine.
I start the day with a protein-packed cup of coffee, a made bed, and a body awake and ready to tackle the day. That’s me, and my morning routine.
Thanks for joining me.