How do you feel when you open your eyes in the morning?
Taking a cue from those initial thoughts and feelings in the morning can make or break your day. How many mornings have I woken up, full of pip and verve? Sadly, not as many as I would like. In recent years, I‘ve learned that it takes me a little longer to rouse myself and reach for the day with juicy excitement.
So I am gentle with myself right from the get go and give myself some space to find my footing for the day ahead. We often talk about wanting alone time or needing to be heard because we feel unmet and unnourished and I have discovered that the first moments upon waking can be the most nourishing in terms of meeting those needs if directed the right way. And when our needs our met, especially those unspoken, hidden ones we gain momentum!
Here is my checklist for tuning in and turning up your momentum:
- Check-in with your mood. Probe your feelings with these questions: How am I feeling today? What is stirring within me? How do these feelings sit in my physical body? Take a few moments and register all your responses.
- How do I want to feel? Ask yourself this question. By being clear with yourself about how you wish to feel, you create the direction and actions for the day. For example, I want to feel rested and cherished. Will I? Yes, by allowing your deeper desires to rise to the surface you calm the nervous system and control your feelings.
- Follow through. Once you know how you want to feel, think of the many things that make you feel that way. In the example above, I would follow through by scheduling an afternoon nap to feel rested, and to feel cherished I would eat breakfast in bed and read a novel. I would also buy some lovely flowers.
Just as we don’t wake up groomed and dressed, it is the same with emotions and thoughts. They need a little help from us. Start engaging with yourself first thing in the morning, before giving your attention to partners, kids, pets or emails and fulfill your desires by listening to them and acting upon them.
It is an easy exercise to perform and the results are spectacular.
Do you have a morning routine that you use to get your day to a great start? Share it with us here in the comments below. Or, if you find yourself struggling way more than is normal, why not give yourself a break and schedule a Discovery Session. It’s free and I I can help you take your first steps towards a life filled with clarity, prosperity and joy!