I was once told by a therapist that the reason my anxiety was high was largely because my morning was a mess. My morning? I was flabbergasted! How was my morning making me anxious? At the time, I didn’t even have a morning; I just woke up with the alarm (several times), threw on some clothes, and ran out the door with a coffee in-hand. How was that not a normal morning?
When you go through therapy, you learn a lot about yourself. For me, it was very much a healing and forgiveness process; the eureka moments came from the small stuff. It was this small stuff that had a huge impact on my day and the rest of my life. As the saying goes, “small changes lead to big transformations”. In my experience, this was exactly the case, and it all started with my mornings.
Here are the changes I made to my morning routine:
1. My alarm
I used to wake up several times to my phone alarm each morning, hitting snooze, until I literally woke the whole house up! Now, I wake up straight away, to either one alarm or the vibration of my Fitbit.
2. My phone
I used to check Instagram, messenger and mails on my phone, last thing before I went to sleep and when I woke up. Now, I turn my phone off an hour before bed and I keep it off for at least 30 mins after I wake up.
3. Meditation, movement and gratitude
I now meditate for around 15-20 minutes every morning. I practice a type of meditation called,’Transcendental Meditation’ (TM), which focuses on a mantra. I find that meditation slows everything down and it acts like a reset button for my mind. It gives me clearance and clarity. If you are new to meditation, try to begin with a guided meditation in the morning for 10 minutes (there are plenty of different ones available online). I also make my bed first thing and I have a gratitude list that I say to myself. Every day, I list three things I am grateful for, three positive affirmations, and three things that would make the day ahead great. This sets the tone for my day. I am a yoga teacher, so I love to move my body with some yoga each morning; I do 5-10 repetitions of a yoga sequence or two full yoga sun salutations.
The results have been incredible. I now control my day, it doesn’t control me. I start