They say that breakfast is the most important part of the day, but if you take a minute to think about it, the first few seconds after you wake up are by far the most powerful part of your day. Those first few moments can set the stage for a great day, but it is up to you to help make that happen!
If you feel like you wake up and your day consists of a collection of randomly chosen events centered around a bad hair day and cold coffee, then these few tips and tricks may help you revitalize and straighten out your crazy busy life.
First and foremost, it is essential to comprehend the idea that you CAN control your thoughts. It is easy in today’s barrage of endless entertainment, begging for attention and non-stop tasks to let yourself get carried away in the moment and forget that you are a unique individual that deserves. Being mindful of yourself and your surroundings is the first step to being able to control your thoughts.
These gentle nudges help keep you centered and less likely to become discouraged by events as the day goes on.
Secondly, keep in mind that spending even five minutes to center yourself each morning can go a long way in improving your thoughts and actions for the day. If breakfast is the most important meal of the day for your physical health, then meditation is the most important meal of the day for your mental health. It only takes a few minutes, and the affects you feel are almost immediate!When you first wake up, take a few moments to simply meditate on your breathing. Become completely aware of how your lungs fill with air. Feel the oxygen running to your toes and relish in the sensation of your fingers touching the sheets. Once you have centered on yourself, take care to place positive and encouraging thoughts in the forefront of your mind (even if it is only a few seconds). See the words in your head and ponder them in your heart as you rise to greet the day. Sometimes it can be helpful to write your thoughts down in a journal. This way you can reinforce those positive thoughts, as well as have a reliable and unique resource to pull from in the future.
If you like your reaction to this exercise, an additional exercise that can go a long way to a more centered life is to place encouragement cards throughout your home, focusing on the places where you first visit. Next to the coffee maker, place a note saying how awesome today is going to be. On the bathroom mirror have a note that acknowledges how good you look when you smile. Next you the front door, place a note reminding you to look for the good in every situation. These gentle nudges help keep you centered and less likely to become discouraged by events as the day goes on.
If you are new to using this technique in your life, it is important to remember that centering yourself is an exercise. The more you practice, the easier and more effective it will be. If five minutes in the morning is too much, try focusing on the first 30 seconds after waking up and slowly work toward the five minute goal.
If you are able to center yourself like this in the morning, you will find that when important decisions come up during the day, you feel more confident and relaxed. When things at work start to pile up, you are able to put things into better perspective and stay focused on the important factors.
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