There you are, in the midst of an amazing dream, when suddenly you hear it – the dreaded blaring beep of your alarm. And there you find yourself, warm in your bed, thrown out of your cozy dream world back into the reality of this new day. Maybe you’re still tired, maybe you didn’t sleep well, maybe the stress of the impending day is already getting to you. How do you cope? By remembering a simple mantra: this, like all others before, is your day.
Wake up to your favorite song, play it while you get ready
No matter what that song is for you, set it to be your alarm on your phone, iHome, or any wake up device. My song changes all the time, but right now it’s Come As You Are by Nirvana, it’s one song that I always want to listen to and never gets old. Pick a go-to song that you never get tired of, because you’ll have it stuck in your head all day – but in a good way! Play it as you get ready for the day, kind of like you’re pumping yourself up for the gym, a big game, a night out, or spending time with your special someone.
Disclaimer: some days I just crave the perfect, uninterrupted morning silence. When you get that feeling, honor it. J. Krisnamurti wrote, “People don’t realize how important it is to wake up every morning with a song in your heart.” When I have a quiet, peaceful morning, for me that song becomes joy in existence.
Make sleep a priority
Everyone has a different magic sleep number – that golden number of the amount of hours it takes for you to wake up feeling well rested and energetic for the day to start. While most studies claim 8 hours, I think it is unfair to blanket the human race with one number. The amount of hours you need to sleep will change depending on your age or lifestyle. Whatever that number is for you, do your best to honor it and make it a priority, it’s the easiest way to start the day off right.
Give yourself a mini facial
Take an extra minute and do this morning treatment for yourself: after you brush your teeth and wash your face in the sink, turn the faucet on full heat for a few seconds, lower your head, close your eyes, and let the little bit of steam wash over your face. It’ll give you that extra wake up kick, but it’s also incredibly soothing.
Enjoy a few minutes to yourself
In my experience, how you start your day is usually a reflection of how your day will play out. So why go into it rushed? Try to set a few minutes aside to connect with yourself. For me, I use my few minutes to meditate – but whatever method is comfortable for you is your goal to enjoy for five minutes: sip on a glass of juice, milk, or water, or read for a few minutes. Try to avoid inundating your stream of consciousness with mental to-do lists or worries. Check in, see how your feeling, and enjoy yourself in your natural state.
What do you think?
What are your favorite morning rituals? Are you a morning person? What’s your favorite way to start the day? Add to our list in the comments section below!