A couple weeks ago, I had the day off work and it sort of turned out to be a complete waste of ten hours; here’s why: I skipped my usual balanced breakfast because I decided to sleep in much little longer than I usually do. I eventually crawled out of bed around 10:30 a.m. feeling like utter crap — lethargic and very low energy. Hitting the gym was the main agenda for the day; however, I had a brilliant idea to enjoy a cheat meal before — turns out eating cheesy pasta when you’re already feeling like a sloth is not the best idea — I immediately geared down.
When I got to the gym, I glared at the flight of stairs that I usually dash up, took a deep sigh of exhaustion, grabbed onto the handrails and slowly pulled myself up one step at a time. I had zero drive to do my usual training, but to make my time there seem worthwhile, I decided to sit on a machine (which I rarely ever do) and try some cardio. What a waste of time that was –I left the gym barely making it halfway through the session. For the rest of the evening, I lazed around feeling extremely sluggish. I couldn’t even focus to read much less to do anything else productive. I won’t even consider it a relaxing day off because I felt irritated and out of my element for the entire day. Despite all, there was a silver lining — it led me to analyse why I felt that way, contrary to how I usually feel on other days; the answer was in my morning routine.
I started off that day quite poorly and as a result, throughout the entire time, I felt like a hot mess. I usually start my day early with a morning ritual. It is simple and I try to do it at least a few times a week — every morning would be ideal. It leaves me feeling refreshed and vibrant, and really sets the tone for my day. It also keeps me focused, super productive, stress-free, and less hectic throughout the entire day. Here’s my ritual right after waking up on (most) mornings…
- Express gratitude.
- Drink some water.
- Do a 10 minute positive meditation.
- Read (a few pages of a book or my favourite blogs).
- Play with my puppy — this boosts my mood.
- Enjoy a cool refreshing shower and get dressed.
- Eat a healthy breakfast and enjoy a cup of hot green-tea.
- Prepare my ‘to-do’ list, prioritise, and start my day.
Afterwards, I feel energised, focused, centred and ready to take on the day!
Perhaps you feel lethargic and unenthusiastic most days and wonder why. Take a look at the way you start your day. Our morning routine really does impact on how we feel and what we do throughout the rest of the day.
Feel free to share your morning routine and how it shapes your day.
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…Keep Smiling — Love, Candace