My Tips to Own Your Morning

Rise + Shine Sleepyhead

Rise + Shine Sleepy Head! 

Here's my tips to owning my morning + being my most vibrant and productive self.  Now.  That being said... do I do all of these tips EVERY. SINGLE. MORNING.  Um, no.  I human and slip up from time to time.  However, I know if I can master just a few of them... then my day is starting off on the right foot.  If I do ALL of them, Hallelujah, I'm doing fantastic.  

The takeaway, I would love for you to snag from this... find out what works for you, which tidbits make YOUR mind/body feel fantastic, which habits take away stress + not add it in your day... and do that.  It may be one of these or it may be all, I don't know.  You got to figure it out, love.  As my hubster would sarcastically quote me, "You do you, boo.  You do you."

Here goes... 


YOUR ALARM CLOCK

Love.  For the longest time, I was using my mobile phone as my alarm clock which was not helping me rise + shine.  Here's the scenario:  

Alarm would go off... hit snooze... 8 minutes later... hit snooze... 8 minutes later...  

TWO THINGS could happen at this point

  • I would accidentally turn off my alarm clock and oversleep  
  • I would grab my phone and instantly start checking:  emails, messages, texts, social media comments, etc. 
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Okay.  Oversleeping was not ideal because as a twin mama bear who homeschools, provides daily therapy to our little man and owns an online business, I tend to WORK before the Gillies (our twin 5yr olds) are awake.  Oversleeping means mama is slacking on work + will not be fully present during the day with the Gillies.  No bueno for anyone. 

Plugging into social media or other folks messages/comments/emails was automatically putting me on the "defense" for the day + I could FEEL the stress building up inside me before my feet even touched the ground.  Nobody needs that feeling, love.  

Here's what helped: 

  1. Reading the book, 5 Second Rule by Mel Robbins to keep me from hitting snooze
  2. Using an old school alarm clock instead of my phone
  3. Setting my phone on "Do Not Disturb" mode + placing it to charge AWAY from my nightstand

HYDRATION

Okay.  This one is crucial + I know if I skip it my day is COMPLETELY off for a lot of reasons:  my mood, the gut gets a wee bit angry and my joints will ache.  Why?  Well.  ~60% of the average adult humanoid is made up of water AND... studies have estimated 75% of Americans may suffer from chronic dehydration.  You may be thinking... I'm not dehydrated because you think of dehydration as vomiting, passing out, sticky mouth, crusty lips and death.  However, dehydration is a spectrum and even mild dehydration can hinder our performance... by decreasing your memory capabilities + increase levels of anxiety as well as fatigue!  

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Now, a wee bit ago, starting the day off with water was NOT my strong suit.  Sure, I had the water available (on the nightstand), INSTEAD I would do a zombie walk down the hallway throughout the house to get to the bubbling coffee pot for some liquid caffeine!!!  Can you even imagine?  Before I was able to lubricate my insides + get my blood circulating, I would turn on a coffee pot + put hot acidic caffeine on my gut. 

No, wonder an hour later... I would be running to the bathroom with "bubble guts" and my head would be pounding.  I was a wee bit dehydrated upon waking up + caffeine was added to my body on top of dehydration... making me MORE dehydrated.  The cycle was brutal but one I learned + decided to change.

I'm not saying give up coffee, love.  Let's pump the brakes and not be dramatic!  Just saying before you jump into a hot shower and rush out the door with a cup of coffee in your hand... take a beat to hydrate your body with some good filtered water  ( I try to aim for about 12oz at least and even add a wee bit of lemon juice + pinch of sea salt for minerals ).   But you do you, love... and listen to your gut. 
 


MAKE YOUR BED

In a 2014 commencement speech at University of Texas at Austin, Admiral McRaven said:


“If you make your bed every morning you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride and it will encourage you to do another task and another and another.
By the end of the day, that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed. Making your bed will also reinforce the fact that little things in life matter.”


BOOM

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Powerful words, love. The simple task of making your bed first thing in the morning also has been linked to increased productivity, lowering one's stress level and improving one's mood as well as better quality of sleep.


It's a small task. Why not try... for a week to see how making your bed FIRST thing in the morning helps you! You in?  If you want to watch the video... here you go!


PUT ON YOUR ARMOR

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Alright.  This sounds a wee bit crazy, "put on your armor" but it's in two parts... so bear with me, love.  First... UNPLUG in the morning for at least an hour!  Why?  Well.  When you start the day PLUGGING into everything + everyone else around you... you automatically go into DEFENSE.  You start the day on THOSE people's course, not the one God has set out for you. You start responding to THEIR posts... to THEIR questions... to THEIR messages... and not to YOUR own journey.

In a society where our phones are multi-tools... it's so easy to wake up (with alarm on the phone) + automatically plug into the world around you... Check out news. Respond to messages. See what Sally is wearing this morning. or how far Jane ran this morning before DAWN, is she crazy?!?

Once you do that... you IMMEDIATELY start responding... reacting. and your body hasn't even WOKEN up yet!!! Seriously. Your feet haven't even TOUCHED the floor!

So, love. 
Here's the DETAILS with STEP ONE OF PUTTING ON YOUR ARMOR:  simply starting the day with the phone OFF... no social medial. no emails. no returning messages.
 

Got that? Good... continue.

STEP TWO is all about taking time to FILL YOUR CUP!

{ and not just with coffee }

Adding a few minutes of meditation to your morning has so many benefits; however, it took me FOREVER to start meditating for a slew of reasons:

  •  I really didn't know how
  • my brain is CONSTANTLY opening "tabs" and thinking of what I need to do/eat/say/write/etc.
  • I was a wee bit intimidated... yep. scared to sit in silence... odd. but true!
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Anywho.
Adding a few minutes of MEDITATION to your morning routine has many benefits (bullet-style):

  • more mindful eating
  • shut the chatterbox (so improves confidence)
  • may tolerate stress throughout the day
  • may reduce headaches? (still researching this one)

Now that you know a wee bit of benefits... here's the thing, each morning (after HYDRATING with water), I grab my cup of coffee and (weather permitting) sit in our wooden chair outside for coffee talk with God and a wee bit of meditation (just 10 minutes, I'm a work in progress).

Just starting my day with silence + prayer + my thoughts. This helps me PUT ON MY ARMOR and start the day ready to slay! 


 

Whew!  

That was a ton of information... right, love?  But there's no doubt you handled it like the gorgeous bad-sassarina that you are!  

{ bad sassanian = my  hot mess self's version of bad@ss! ] 

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See.  Everyone has a journey, love and each journey has a starting point.  Mine was breastfeeding twin newborns while binge watching a TV series and munching down on cheetos at 2am.  There's no judgement.  (right?!?)  

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Until then, loves... remember:  the more you know, the more you can grow!  

love + gumption.

a. 

The Brain + Gut Health Explorer