5 Minutes to a More Mindful Morning
I’d like nothing more to be a morning person. In fact, it’s a resolution I make to myself every year. Get up early, sip some lemon water, workout, cook a healthy breakfast, do a morning meditation and still have time to get to work on the early side.
Dare to dream. In reality, I wait until the last minute possible to get out of bed, jump through the shower and stress over what to wear (I mean, how hard has it been to dress for this “Spring” weather lately?!), all the while wishing I had put all that time spent on Pinterest to good use and whipped up one of those make-ahead breakfasts. Out the door and off to doggy daycare drop-off 20 minutes out of the way and then rush to get to work…on the later side. Hardly #goalsAF.
Do you find yourself in a similar situation – rushing from the minute you wake up with little time for yourself? If so, here are five things you can do within the first few minutes of waking up to start your day off right.
1. Practice gratitude. The very first thing I do when I wake up is think of five things I’m grateful for. I started doing this after reading The Magic by Rhonda Byrne. In the book, Byrne suggests writing down 10 things you are grateful for each morning and why you are grateful for them. I did this for a bit, but found it to be so time-consuming that I didn’t get to it each day, let alone each morning – right after waking up. I’ve found that making a shorter list in my head works just as well for getting in the right mindset.
2. Jot down your dreams. If I’ve had particularly vivid dreams – ones I think might mean something – I grab my journal or jot down a few words in my iPhone’s Notes app. No need to get elaborate if you are trying to keep this morning routine to just a few minutes. But as you grow spiritually and further develop your intuition, it’s fun to look back and see why you may have had certain dreams.
3. Read an inspirational message. One of my favorite authors and speakers, Mike Dooley, sends “Notes from the Universe,” a daily email that arrives before you get up each morning with an inspiring message. The notes are personalized based on a couple of questions you answer when you sign up for the free service. This is the first email I read every morning because they are almost always exactly what I need.
There’s also a great free text service Shine, which sends you daily motivational text messages each morning. You can also pull an Oracle or Angel card. One of my favorite decks for morning inspiration is Gabby Bernstein’s Miracles Now cards.
4. Set your intention for the day. Speaking of Gabby Bernstein…in her most recent book, The Universe Has Your Back, Bernstein reminds us that “energy flows where your intention goes.”
Bernstein writes: Each thought we have creates an energy flow within and around our physical body. This energy attracts its likeness. When you think high-level thoughts, you exude an energy of confidence and in turn attract great experiences into your life. In other words, each thought you have informs your energy, and your energy manifests into your experiences – thus, your thoughts and your energy create your reality.
So each morning, I set my intention or give myself a mantra for the day (for example, “I’m free from worry today”). To do this, make sure your intention has a positive tone and keep it focused on the short-term. What positive experience will you have today? (I usually think about this again just before leaving for work when I decide which crystal I’m going to carry with me that day, as it is typically one that supports my intention.)
5. Hydrate. My healer (yes, healers need healers too!) advised that I start drinking water as soon as I wake up, as it fires up your metabolism, hydrates you after a long night’s sleep, helps your body flush out toxins and gives your brain fuel for the day ahead. Keep a glass of water near your bed and commit to drinking it before your feet even hit the floor.
Maybe one day I’ll have the “perfect” morning routine. Until then, I’ll take those first five minutes of mindfulness.