Over the years though, I have realised that early mornings are a lovely time to be awake. When the world is hushed and trembling before the break of a new day, when to do lists are still being formed in your head, when the anticipation of something floods you as you wake up. I wake up early every single day now, and my internal alarm sounds before the alarm rings. The first hour after you wake is the most important part of your day because it totally sets the tone for how the rest of your day will go. Here’s why I totally recommend early mornings now or even just waking up an hour before your normal time:
1. You can have that very first cup of morning tea or coffee absolutely at ease. You can sit peacefully in your favourite spot, and linger over it. There is no rush to pack the lunch boxes, load the washing machine or get the day’s schedule into place, you can just sip and know there is time enough to get everything done.
2. You can exercise. Getting up early does mean that you can get that one thing we always keep finding time to put off, out of the way and dealt with. And what better way to begin the day than with a post workout endorphin high that can keep you buzzing through the rest of the day.
3. If exercise is not your scene, you can put an hour aside for meditation. Doing something tha
gives you calm and puts you in a positive frame of mind is always a good thing to do the first thing in the morning.
4. Make a to do list for the day. This is a must do for me, and gives me a feeling, however ephemeral, of being in control of my day. Mapping out your day is a good way to schedule your time efficiently which prevents wastage of time, and maximises your effort.
5. You can decide what you want to wear for the day at leisure and have the time to think your look through instead of throwing out all the contents of your wardrobe and finally emerging from home dressed in something that isn’t your best foot forward. Taking the effort to make sure you are well groomed needs a little time and effort, and cannot be done in a last minute rush.
6. Make and eat a hearty breakfast. Yes, we all know breakfast is the most important meal of the day and we all end up skipping it or eating on the run. Eating a good breakfast is important to keep mid-morning hunger pangs at bay, and prevent us from pigging out completely at lunch. A good healthy breakfast kickstarts your metabolism and helps you stay active for the entire day, preventing a mid-morning energy slump. Eat within an hour of waking. Include fruit. Include protein. Make yourself a green smoothie. All these will keep you full and sated till the midday meal.
7. Read or watch or listen to something inspiring so that it sets the tone for the rest of your day. Beginning your day with positive vibes, can only make you feel positive, energised and ready to carpe the Diem in the manner the Diem should be carped. Write down 3 things you are grateful for in a diary every single day, the first thing in the morning. Coming up with new things every single day will make you realise just how much you have to be thankful for.
8. Create your own set of morning rituals. It could be something as simple as drinking warm water with lemon and honey to cleanse your system the first thing you wake, or doing some light stretching to limber up before getting on with your day or even praying for ten minutes before leaving the house if you are a believer. Or create your own mantra of positivity and chant it for five minutes in a calm, quiet place.
9. Take a moment to reconnect with folks you have dropped out of touch with. Every morning, in the calm of the first cup of tea-think about who you would like to reach out to, and send out that email or Whatsapp message. It takes nothing but a moment and can make a world of a difference.
10. And finally, smile. When you smile whether you feel like it or not, positive energy begins coursing through your system and makes you immediately feel happier. And a smile is contagious and whoever comes in contact with you feels positive about being in your company. So whether it is family or household staff or people in your society, smile broadly and greet whoever you meet with a sincere “good morning,” or “hello” or whatever you choose. Choose to be the one who spreads positivity around.