Give yourself a break. The first thing we seem to do is wake up, work out how little time we have had and then check our phone and then descend into a pit of despair… perhaps that is a tad dramatic, but honestly that pretty much described my morning.
I am a Yoga and Meditation teacher and honestly I do not have the time to mimic some zen retreat in Tulum at 5am (also why are we all getting up so early!?) My ethos has always been wellbeing is for everyone, that means parents who don’t sleep enough, people who work 14 hour days in an office, and commuters (I have a friend doing a 4.5 hour round trip three days a week and is a new mum – I salute you) so lets try to really think about how we can prep ourselves in a realistic way for the day.
+ If you can, put your phone an airplane mode the night before, this is really changing the game for me. I never sleep through the night so way I don’t have any distractions the occupy my mind.
+ Take a minute. This can be while your coffee is brewing, brushing your teeth or in the shower, but close your eyes for one minute and just breathe deeply. thats all. Inhale really expand the belly and the chest and then slowly exhale. This won’t take up any extra time its just to centre you for the day whilst you’re already doing something.
+ NO pressure whatsoever. If you feel energised and that you need to workout, go for it, if you feel exhausted, please, listen to your body. You may be one of those people who come to life at night (I am most creative after 9pm, infact I am writing this at 11pm) and that is fine. There is no right or wrong answer.
+ Try to drink some water. I am a coffee addict in the morning, I love it, but before any coffee I make sure that I have water. We get so dehydrated over night without realising, and this can really set you up for the day.
Thats it, nothing extra, just a shift in a few things to change your morning slightly. Please always remember that well-being is a feeling that you create for yourself with your mind, body and soul. Once you find a way to work with your daily energy and get yourself into alignment, everything else falls into place.