The first few minutes of waking up can set the tone for the rest of the day. Some people find it really hard to rise and shine, but this can change if you add mindful habits to the start of the day: they can help you to feel more in sync with the sunrise. Here are some ways you can ease into the morning:
1) As soon as your alarm goes off, roll out of bed! Open the curtains and look outside, and if you can open a window - even briefly - it is so good for a sleepy brain. You might like to read 5 Simple Steps to Starting Your Day Well.
2) Next, stretch a little and energise your body. When we wake up the body, the mind will follow. Here is a link to 10 Mindful Movements that I do most days. It takes around 15 minutes if you do four of each movement - but you can do each movement just once and there you have a quick 5 minute wakeup stretch!
3) Finally, set an intention for how you want the day to go. Take one minute even before you stretch. Become aware of your breath, taking a deep breath in and letting it go, and as you do consciously choose an intention. You'll be amazed at the difference it makes when you start the day with purpose.
I hope this helps you to be more mindful each day.
I am a Writer, Counsellor, Mindfulness Teacher, and Psychotherapist
I am a Writer, Counsellor, Psychotherapist, Mindfulness teacher and Writing Therapist. I have learned the value of living a mindful life and want to share that with others.