11 Jun One Morning Habit That Can Change Your Life!
A morning routine is necessary for focus and productivity, but what if your routine is stifling you instead of supporting you?
Too often I hear of a morning routine that includes hitting the snooze button three times, groggily sitting up in bed and then looking at email or social media before starting the day. ACK! Not only does this immediately set you up for stress, comparison and long daydreams, it doesn’t allow you to focus on what’s most important and pulls you away from consciously choosing how you’ll start the day.
There’s one morning habit that can change your life, and it takes only five minutes upon waking! Of course, if you’d like to spend a little more time on this one habit, I certainly invite you to do so, but simply setting your alarm for five minutes earlier will shift your entire day.
The practice is quiet gratitude and affirmation. The power of positive words has been researched for years and the health benefits are robust; they include decreased stress, increased happiness, increased self-esteem and optimism. While it would be nice if we could just automatically feel this way every morning, it’s not going to happen unless we intentionally choose to thrive this way. Every day can start with quiet gratitude, celebration and intention.
Here’s a quick recipe for success:
- Set your alarm to wake five minutes earlier than normal (if you’d like to set a long-term goal of waking earlier than this, just move your alarm up by 5 minutes every 7 days. In a few shorts weeks you’ll have an additional 20 minutes on your hands!)
- Do not compromise your time; no snoozing allowed. Once the alarm goes off, you slide the button to the off position and get up.
- Select a quiet, comfortable area to practice gratitude. This can be sitting up in bed if you choose or making your way to a quiet corner in the house with a cup of tea. It’s your choice, but do not allow any distractions along the way.
- Have a designated journal for your gratitude practice. (Feel free to take a peek at the Feel Good, Look Good Journal at www.AngelaGaffney.com if you’d like.)
- Begin your practice by sitting comfortably, closing your eyes, placing your feet flat on the floor, and palms facing the sky, resting peacefully on your legs. Take one deep breath in through the nose, filling the abdomen with air, pause and then exhale through the mouth as if a thin silk ribbon of air is leaving the body. Repeat this cycle for a total of 3-5 breaths.
- Open your eyes, open your journal and write down 5-10 things you’re grateful for; they can be big or small in nature.
- Close the practice by writing an intention for the day in your journal. The intention is a positive affirmation that is stated in the present tense, as if you’re living it today. “I am strong,” “I am loved,” “I am capable,” “I am healthy,” are all great examples. Go with whatever you need for this day. The biggest rule to remember is that it is to be said in the present tense, as if you’re living it already. Recite this affirmation throughout the day.
- Lastly, I invite you to close your practice with a prayer or devotion.
This simple routine will change how you show up for your family, for your team, your colleagues and in life, simply because you’re consciously and intentionally choosing how to show up for the day! Enjoy and let us know how this practice enhances your health and happiness.