I’ve always loved that early morning feeling, when all is quiet and still, and silence gracefully embraces you and your first thoughts of the day.
Here are some habits I learned gradually since arriving in Dubai that changed my life for the better (and yes they work, even if you are a busy professional or a school-run mama). No more cranky moods! It is proven that the first 10 minutes after you wake up are the most influential time, that’s why it is important to have a mindful routine and ritual in place to make sure your mind and body are happy from the very start.
*No Snooze – I always choose a time to get up and tell myself that the snooze bottom is not even an option.
*Do some Pilates Matwork exercises (or simply stretch, if you are not familiar with the Pilates conditioning) – Moving your body first thing in the morning has several health benefits, including muscle and joint flexibility, stress relief, and improved circulation.
*Water – About 60% of our body is made of water and, after sleeping for 7-8 hours without water, your body is practically begging to be replenished. I usually start my mornings with a tall glass of water with a drop of doTERRA Wild Orange essential oil (if you prefer, Lemon essential oil is awesome too to boost your immune system).
*Breakfast – For so many years in a row, my breakfast was just a quick cup of green tea while getting ready for work.. wrong choice! I’ve learned at my expenses that there are so many healthy benefits to eating a real breakfast: above all, it kickstarts your metabolism helping you burn calories throughout the day. Now I feel weak and “empty” if I do not start my day with a yummy, whole food brekkie. My favorite healthy bowl at the moment is: blackberries, raspberries, almond, sunflower seeds, Greek yoghurt and honey. I also take a spoonful of vanilla coconut oil to help balance blood sugar.
*Music – You might want to start your day with upbeat music or you might prefer soothing calming and relaxing: whatever you chose, be sure it makes you feel good and charges your morning! Music is life. Or you can listen to a Podcast to uplift your mood (and it’s great company while commuting or doing the school-run: my top two at the moment are The Minimalists (those two guys are one of my obsession) and Hol:Fit Talks (thanks to a lovely friend that suggested me this helpful, intentional Podcast).
*No Phone – Honestly, I still have to work a little bit on this. Turn off your phone notifications. If you are worried about emergencies, flip your mobile over to its “do not disturb” mode: the people who need you will be able to reach you.
*Read – Just because reading enriches your soul and makes you discover exciting new universes. Soak your mind in words. And when you choose to read a positive, encouraging book, this practice is something that makes a big difference.
Well, enjoy your early mornings!