Mornings: Five Tips for Surviving



Mornings are so hard for me! I'd prefer "afternoon" to be my "morning." But life demands that most of us wake up and start our day in the morning, so here are some tips to make your mornings easier!

1.) Drink water RIGHT when you wake up.  I mean seriously as soon as you sit up, even if you're half asleep, drink a glass of room temperature water. Just down it, I swear it will help. If you don't do it right away, you will forget, trust me on this.  The best way to prepare for this is to fill a bottle of water or a glass right before bed and to leave it on your nightstand.

2.) Meditation will help you clear your mind for the day. It's not a great feeling to wake up and then immediately think about all of the things that you have to do for that day. It's like getting on the internet and immediately opening 50 tabs; you're going to be unfocused and overwhelmed. Meditation, as Headspace (meditation app) puts it, is the ability to acknowledge and be aware of the thoughts in your head as well as your surroundings, but not follow any of the thoughts. It might seem easy to just sit up with your eyes closed, but try it. You probably will not last 30 seconds the first time. The best way to start meditation is to start with a technique to become aware. The Headspace app is a great tool to guide you in the beginning. After you finish the ten free sessions, you will be set to meditate on your own. Lately, I also have been using binural brainwave synchronizing to help calm my mind with the Brainwave app. There are many tools and tricks to help you understand how to meditate, but it all comes down to being focused on your breathing and acknowledging the present while not following any of your thoughts that pass through. It takes a while to get the hang of it, but once you start meditating, you will feel your mind becoming much clearer and less ridden with unnecessary emotions throughout the day.

3.) Hygiene tips! When brushing your teeth, never forget to floss and clean your tongue with a tongue scraper. If you shower in the morning (I don't but I know a lot of people do!), soap your body with a loofa; it will remove dead skin and body odor better than simply using bar soap alone. 

4.) Have breakfast. I know it's so much easier to just skip it, but try to make yourself excited about it. Do it French style and have a citron pressé with a croissant and some fruit. Or have a waffle with fruit. Eggs also do your body good. Just make sure you eat something! Even if you're one of those people who get sick eating in the morning, ease yourself into it and eat small portions. 

5.) Airplane mode is the best phone policy when getting ready in the morning. You won't be tempted to check the social media sites, you won't be getting notifications and texts or calls while you are getting ready. This also prevents the clutter from getting in your head right after you've meditated. 


I'm not a morning person, and I might never be one. But I want to try to wake up the right way because it's better than starting out my day stressed out and grumpy. 

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Sunday, June 7, 2015

Mornings: Five Tips for Surviving



Mornings are so hard for me! I'd prefer "afternoon" to be my "morning." But life demands that most of us wake up and start our day in the morning, so here are some tips to make your mornings easier!

1.) Drink water RIGHT when you wake up.  I mean seriously as soon as you sit up, even if you're half asleep, drink a glass of room temperature water. Just down it, I swear it will help. If you don't do it right away, you will forget, trust me on this.  The best way to prepare for this is to fill a bottle of water or a glass right before bed and to leave it on your nightstand.

2.) Meditation will help you clear your mind for the day. It's not a great feeling to wake up and then immediately think about all of the things that you have to do for that day. It's like getting on the internet and immediately opening 50 tabs; you're going to be unfocused and overwhelmed. Meditation, as Headspace (meditation app) puts it, is the ability to acknowledge and be aware of the thoughts in your head as well as your surroundings, but not follow any of the thoughts. It might seem easy to just sit up with your eyes closed, but try it. You probably will not last 30 seconds the first time. The best way to start meditation is to start with a technique to become aware. The Headspace app is a great tool to guide you in the beginning. After you finish the ten free sessions, you will be set to meditate on your own. Lately, I also have been using binural brainwave synchronizing to help calm my mind with the Brainwave app. There are many tools and tricks to help you understand how to meditate, but it all comes down to being focused on your breathing and acknowledging the present while not following any of your thoughts that pass through. It takes a while to get the hang of it, but once you start meditating, you will feel your mind becoming much clearer and less ridden with unnecessary emotions throughout the day.

3.) Hygiene tips! When brushing your teeth, never forget to floss and clean your tongue with a tongue scraper. If you shower in the morning (I don't but I know a lot of people do!), soap your body with a loofa; it will remove dead skin and body odor better than simply using bar soap alone. 

4.) Have breakfast. I know it's so much easier to just skip it, but try to make yourself excited about it. Do it French style and have a citron pressé with a croissant and some fruit. Or have a waffle with fruit. Eggs also do your body good. Just make sure you eat something! Even if you're one of those people who get sick eating in the morning, ease yourself into it and eat small portions. 

5.) Airplane mode is the best phone policy when getting ready in the morning. You won't be tempted to check the social media sites, you won't be getting notifications and texts or calls while you are getting ready. This also prevents the clutter from getting in your head right after you've meditated. 


I'm not a morning person, and I might never be one. But I want to try to wake up the right way because it's better than starting out my day stressed out and grumpy. 

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