I didn’t really understand the STRUGGLE with always being “connected” until I got my first iPhone. Why has it become the norm to check emails, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, your favorite website, etc. first thing after turning off your alarm in the morning? This is one thing that I stopped doing, and I feel so much better because of it.
Starting your day offline is the BEST way to begin your morning.
Being in your own thoughts and serenity before stepping into the world of advertising, personal rants, travel photos, and selfies is bliss. This creates more space for self care versus everyone else care. How we start the day really sets the mood and intention for the rest of it.
My best days begin with yoga and a fresh pressed juice or smoothie. Add a few moments for journaling to clear my thoughts and I’m really feeling good. Even just 20 minutes of yoga with my favorite DVD opens up stiff joints, releases tight muscles, and brings my mind, body, and spirit in alignment. Plus I’m better prepared to face the day versus let’s say 20 minutes of Instagram.
To continue my self care after yoga or stretching is listening to my favorite music or even a few minutes of inspirational reading.
When we begin putting our self care first, we can then tend to others and our busy agendas so much easier. Whatever your morning ritual requires, make the time to devote completely to just that far far far away from social media, emails, etc. The truth is that none of that stuff is going anywhere. Your feed will still tell you the latest as soon as you decide to check it out, and both work and personal emails can be attended to in an hour. It is so easy to fall into unconscious behavior. I had no idea this kind even existed until the iPhone entered my world. Yes I do enjoy my phone, but I adore my peace of mind more.
What does your best morning feature?
(Image by Dawn Michelle)