How many of you make time for yourself in the morning? Due to the way we now live our lives, it seems that most of us are up and out the house before we know what happened.
It seems that we fall into our day, rather than prepare for it. The difference is enormous. Rather than hitting the snooze button several times before racing out of bed and charging round the house to ensure you are not late, why not try to ease yourself into the day?
A few simple changes will bring many benefits to you. For example;
• Set the clock 10 minutes early and spend time meditating, or contemplating the day ahead.
• Set an intention for the day - how you want the day to go.
• Do a few yoga stretches to wake the body up after sleep – Salute to the Sun is perfect.
• Yoga breathing exercises or take a few deep conscious breaths before getting out of bed.
• Give thanks for the day ahead and all that it will bring.
• Start the day with a positive attitude. Maybe create an affirmation that helps you feel good about yourself and life; life is good and I am happy.
• Make time to have breakfast without having to rush it.
I know it may not be possible for everyone as many people work nights, have someone they care for and are needed on call around the clock. In these circumstances, it is still possible to prepare yourself for the day. At your earliest opportunity after arising take some time to center and ready yourself for what else is to come.
The more consciously you live your life the more in control you feel. Perhaps if you live life mindfully and set intentions for the day, you will find that you have a more fruitful and enjoyable experience. I know for myself that I feel clear in my mind, relaxed, and able to tackle whatever comes.
When we fall into our day we set the premise for how the rest of the day can potentially be. We may be less able to cope with what the day brings, and things can feel like they spiral out of control quite quickly. Our stress levels are already high due to the rush of starting the day, so we start off less able to function at full capability. This results in feeling overwhelmed and that life is a continual experience of one thing after another.
Being mindful of our actions enables us to be more in control of ourselves, our emotions and the experiences we have. Our ability to function increases and we are more able to respond to our day rather than react to it.