Even on our best days, mornings can sometimes be challenging, no matter how well-rested we are or what wonderful things we have to look forward to that day.
I don’t want to say I’m not a morning person, but….. I’m really not, try as I might. Even when I’m well rested, mornings can be rough for me. How I handle the first part of my day, especially during the difficult seasons of life, often sets the tone for the rest of my day.
Here’s what’s worked wonders for me:
Rather than grabbing my phone, I try to start my morning by talking to God. (Total transparency: I struggle with this one on and off quite a bit but I’m working on it). What we feed our brain first thing in the morning is spiritually and mentally important. It can set the tone for the entire day. Giving God the first part of your conscious mind instead scrolling through the world’s drama is an infinitely better way to start the day.
Drink a big glass of water. Our brains get dehydrated during the night, even if we don’t “feel” it in the morning. According to this article on how dehydration affects the brain, mild dehydration sets in after 4 to 8 hours without water. Hydrating first thing in the morning does wonders for the system, including mentally.
Take a relaxing shower. Non-rushed showers first thing in the morning can be like magic pills of positivity. Shower time is also a time to get your thoughts and ideas for the day in order. Your shower doesn’t have to be long, just not rushed.
Make your bed and tidy up. There is dignity and real “umph” in something as old school as making the bed. I also do a quick tidy up and I’m done in less than 10 minutes. At the end of a long day, your tired eyes can feast on a nicely made bed that will shortly be welcoming you for well-deserved rest.
Don’t skip breakfast. I am not too cool to admit that I can’t go without breakfast. If I don’t have breakfast, I feel it the rest of the day. It doesn’t have be fancy or time consuming. Toast with PB and a glass of juice or smoothie. Fruit and toast. What matters is getting some healthy glucose to the noggin and your metabolism going.
I don’t always do everything and sometimes I fail miserably. I just know that the more proactive I am and the more of these steps I take consistently, the better my days go.
Rather than dreading mornings, or no matter what icky things may lie ahead that day, approach your day from a position of empowerment and control over the things you can work on, including taking those pesky mornings by the horns and having your way with them, rather than mornings having their way with the rest of your day.