If you’re like me, mornings are no bueno! Well, they use to be. My morning routine use to go like this (let me know if this sounds familiar); Iphone alarm goes off and I refuse to get up until I hit snooze at least 3 times. After I will myself to consciousness, I stumble out of bed in a hurry to get to the shower, depending on whether or not I hit snooze one too many times. In a mad dash I barely dry off before I start jumping into my clothes. I get all buttoned up and tucked in before I remember to put on my deoderant (this has happened too many times to mention). I fly down the stairs and pray I remembered to set the timer on the Keurig…I didn’t. I then throw on my shoes and I’m out the door. WHEW! Just made it!
So, for how many of you does this ring true? If so, I am about to set you free! I can’t remember a time in my life I was really a “morning” person. It wasn’t until I became an entrepreneur that I was introduced to principles of success and personal development that has by now completely transformed not only how I see life, but how I live life. Those two topics alone have been a game-changer for me. Today, I enjoy playing the role of “change agent” for so many people out there trying to take their lives to the next level.
It’s my goal in writing this today to help those out there who would love to take control of their mornings. I had always heard about those people who get up at the butt-crack of dawn and calmly cruise their mornings with ease, I envied those people. I wanted to have that, but in the epic “battle of the bed” I always lost until…
- REST-First things first. You can’t have a great morning without a great night’s rest. THIS is the MOST IMPORTANT HABIT (even though its not exactly a morning habit)you can create for yourself-getting t
o bed early. There is volumes of information published on the importance of sleep. The 3 R’s (Rest, Recovery, Rejuvenation) that you get from a good 7 hours of sleep will do more for you than anything else in this blog, but is also the cornerstone of the following habits. By the way, going to bed early for me is 10:00pm.
- WAKE UP EARLY. I cannot say enough
about the importance of waking up early. Robin Sharma, Leadership Expert, Author and former Litigation Attorney, goes into great depth as to why getting up at 5am will change your life. He states that when you get up at 5am your focus is at its peak, more so than any other time throughout your day. He also claims that it is an enormous psychological win to be a part of the 5am club. Your energy is up, your focus is high, your creativity is at its best AND when it comes to your work, YOU have the advantage. You have differentiated yourself from the masses of people who are living their lives as victims of circumstance. I hope I’ve convinced you how important it is to make it a habit of getting up early.
- WATER–Before you have that first cup of coffee, drink 2 full glasses of the good stuff. You have just been asleep for 7 hours and your body is SCREAMING for some water. In the mornings your body is dehydrated and drinking a couple of cups of coffee is just going to make matters worse. Those first 2 glasses of water does so much. First, it fires up your metabolism which means what? WEIGHT LOSS! Second, it will help flush your body of toxins. Third, it keeps you regular and relieves constipation. Last but not least, drinking water first thing in the morning balances your lymph system which aids in immune function.
- MORNING MEDITATION/PRAYER-I enjoy my quiet time in the morning. We have four boys, 2 of those are like 2 tornadoes zipping throughout the house while awake. This quiet time in prayer in the morning, before anyone wakes up allows me to focus myself and my attention to God. It is so easy to allow the stress and frustrations of the day take over my mind. When I miss out on this time, my whole day is different. If we focus on all the things that stress us out in the world, we can lose our minds, and often times people do! Instead, I prefer to follow the Bible’s instruction and cast my cares to the Lord. Arianna Huffington, multi-millionaire and founder of Huffington Post feels so strongly about meditation
and prayer time she enco
urages it to her staff and even offers classes at work.
- EXERCISE–As an ICU Nurse, I have seen the result of a life lived without taking health seriously. These days we are living longer than ever before, but what does it matter if only half our body’s work or we’re confined to a bed for the rest of our days? The American HeartAssociation recommends we get 30 minutes of physical activity 5 days a week. If you’re like I was before I began working less (Thank God for USANA), then you probably find it difficult to fit in a gym session anywhere in your day. However, if you follow the previous 4 habits, you should be able to fit in 30 minutes of a brisk walk in the morning. If it’s too cold outside, then climb your stairs slowly for 30 minutes. I’ve done both of these and they both get the heart pumping. You will feel SO MUCH BETTER afterwards.
Well, that’s it! These habits aren’t going to happen over night. It takes time to develop a habit. A great tip is to first start with going to bed early. Then one at a time, implement the other habits. As Robin Sharma said, “Change is HARD at the beginning, MESSY in the middle, and GORGEOUS in the end!”