We all have done it! Gotten a terrible start to our day. It seems to follow us around for all our waking hours, creating anxiety, headaches, mistakes and maybe even a shorter fuse.
A variety of causes contribute to our bad start. Maybe we slept until the last possible minute or worse , never really got any sleep at all. Then rushing out the door after throwing together an outfit, and a large container of caffeine, we go into our workplace where we find all the undones we left from the previous day.
I know, I know…You never do that but on the off chance that someone reading this may have experienced this a time or two read on.
You’ve heard it and know how important a great start to the morning is to a productive and enjoyable day! So here are 5 Habits that help you get through your day with ease.
1.) A GOOD NIGHTS SLEEP:
We all have been told a good nights sleep is essential to our health. Our bodies renew and rebuild themselves during our sleep and particularly through our deepest hours of sleep. Yet even knowing how important it is, we stay up too late, drink too much caffeine, and peruse our phones and ipads to the last possible moment. (Believe me I know of what I write.)
One simple habit could vastly improve your sleep cycle
Regular bed and wake up times. Going to bed at the same time every night and waking at the same time every morning sets are circadium rythym (our sleep and wake cycles). Getting our bodies into a routine and rythym helps us to fall asleep faster, sleep more soundly and wake feeling refreshed and ready to think and move.
Try setting a reminder on your phone for 1 hour before your dedicated bed time and turn off your electronics and the tv. Use this time for more sedate and relaxing activities to help your body wind down and begin its journey toward sleep.
Reading is an excellent activity before bed. A warm shower might also help you to relax. Once these sedate activities have become habitual your brain and body will begin to associate them with sleep. Some music or sounds could also help but be careful. Loud or aggressive music will only serve to agitate rather than sedate.
Here’s a simple fact. Most of us do not drink enough water. ( I know this is one area where I could really step up my game. ) Simply put our bodies need water. Our cells are primarily made up of water and walking around in a dehydrated state all day long depletes us of energy, inhibits our digestion, decreases our brain function and in general makes us feel lousy. This one simple habit can be a game changer.
8 glasses a day? That number was determined by a scientist for a specific person of a specific weight and body type. Maybe you don’t need 8 full glasses. Maybe 6 would be good for you, but whatevery our optimal number is, I would wager you are not drinking enough.
3.) Self Care
It seems that most women are caretakers. We make sure everyone in our family eats right, gets to bed on time, has clean clothes to wear and in general are well cared for.
But what about you? Are you well cared for? Self care is about attending to yourself.
We may claim we don’t have time for this, but you must make the time. You wouldn’t say I don’t have time to feed my children or give them a bath.
You wouildn’t say you don’t have time to check in on your parents regularly ,or listen to your husband when he’s discouraged. But we routinely neglect our needs that go beyond the most basic.
So here are a few ideas to help you back on the self care track
Simple rituals: This could be as simple as a cup of tea (decaf please) in the evening before bed or listening to some soothing music. Whatever gives you pleasure and serenity during your day.
Skin Care: Have you ever been so tired at the end of the day you didn’t take your make up off or simply wash your face? Most of us have been guilty of this and see it as a small transgression. It’s not. Caring for our skin is a way of appreciating that we are worth the trouble to devote time to our own small pleasures. Some simple cleansing, moisturizer, and sunscreen can go a long way to healthy skin and looking and feeling younger and healthier ,and who doesn’t want that!! (French women would never DREAM of going to bed with the slightest trace of makeup or mascara left on their face. They are a great model to follow when it comes to self care.)
Excercise: Carving out time for excercise( and eating well )is sometimes a challenge when all our other responsibiities are calling our name but 30 minutes a day can help us sleep better, look better and have more energy overall. 30 minutes well spent!!
4.) Prayer and Meditation
Some type of spiritual excercise daily can help you stay focused, centered and uplift your spirit. Its easy to lose your way when your head is constantly down and you are on the treadmill of life. Look up. Personally, this is the thing that most keeps me on track for all the others. The old saying “A day hemmed in with prayer seldon comes unraveled,” is so true. Knowing the why of life and keeping our awareness on the larger things can help to keep the smaller things in order.
A well known and loved prayer or scripture to meditate on in the morning before everyone else is up and about can help you set your mind above and give you a positive focus for the day.
I will be talking much more about this in the future but suffice it to say that a plan for the day is a must.
Write it down and prioritize your tasks. I write down EVERYTHING because if I don’t…well let’s just say it isn’t pretty.
These routines and rituals, practiced faithfully and mindfully can transform your days and nights making your life a little less hectic and a lot more enjoyable.
Please comment below and share your daily rituals and routines that help you stay on track and make your life more productive and pleasant.
Until next time,