I don’t want to jinx myself, but I think we’re finally at a point where I can wake up and start the day at a reasonable time (say, 6 AM), on my own terms (i.e. not to feed a small babe), at least a few days a week. On those days, I do my best to embrace a few quiet moments, be even a tiny bit more productive than usual, and set the tone for an amazing day.
Or, like… maybe just an average, mostly normal one. But why not aim for amazing?
MAKE YOUR MORNING AMAZING
Step 1: Do not look at your phone. I repeat: Do not look at your phone. This is your chance to start your day with your thoughts, your ideas, your plans. The easiest way to derail these thoughts, ideas and plans… is to be consumed by someone else’s thoughts, ideas and plans. Or, like, emails and tweets and news stories. You might sneak in a quick meditation, read your favorite poem, start a morning pages habit, or simply say to yourself, “Today’s gonna be a good day.” I like think over the Dalai Lama’s morning prayer… but sometimes, I just simply say, “Be good.” Here are a few more morning reading recommendations.
Step 2: Make a quick, easy and nourishing breakfast. I used to be a breakfast skipper, mostly because I “didn’t have time.” I’ve learned to prioritize my morning meal, though, and find myself feeling way less hungry (read: cranky) and way more energized. My go-to lately: A bowl of fruit, a rice cake and a Protein Superfood smoothie using Amazing Grass’ new chocolate peanut butter powder, some ice and skim milk. The plant-based powder is a mix of peas, chia, quinoa and hemp, along with 7 alkalizing greens and 9 nutrient-dense fruits and vegetables.
Step 3: Move a little. You might go for a run, you might do some gentle stretching (I love this 10 minute sequence from MindBodyGreen). Either way, there are definite perks (and research to back them up) to working out in the morning.
Step 4: Match your manicure to your marble countertops. Step 4 is purely optional.
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Also On Tap for Today:
- Save 40% off your online purchase at amazinggrass.com by using the code 40SWEATPINK2
- Two podcasts to kick of your day on a positive note: Moxie & Glow with Chase, and Soul Chat with Lauren and Kristi
- 10 must-read books that will make you ridiculously productive from Medium
How do you make your mornings amazing?