I’m participating in a 30 Day Living Mindfully Blog Challenge. This is my day 21 entry.
Use 1-10 min. tomorrow morning to wake up slowly (or just slower).
I discovered the joys of waking up in the wee hours fairly recently. I used to be a night owl. And then motherhood happened, and along with that, a hatred for feeling sluggish and tired as my toddler wakes early in the morning.
I found that waking up before the craziness of the household morning routine sets in gives me a clearer head and the patience to run after the toddler throughout the day. It sets the tone on how my day will be like. If I wake up frazzled and pulled in different directions, I’d be grumpy and unproductive for the rest of the day.
I’ve set up a morning routine that goes like this: wake up at 5-ish (before the toddler gets up), drink water, brush teeth, oil pulling while doing my morning pages. If there’s more time to spare I’d do a morning walk.
So if your a self professed night owl, try waking up earlier, with more intention. Make it your me time. You just might be a convert, like me.
To get you started, try this for a size:
You can use these guidelines as inspiration.
- You do not need to open your eyes, but sense the shift from sleep to being awake. Waking up without jumping out of bed.
- Feel the body, is it relaxed, is there tenderness, you might have been in the same position for too long. If you feel discomfort try moving the body a little.
- Bring your awareness to the breath, how does it move in the body. Expansion and relaxation.
- Maybe you have a child/children calling, how does it affect you ? It may be that you remember everything you need to do today? Does the energy shift when remembering your tasks for the day?
- Are you in a hurry? Do you have time to allow yourself to stay in bed a little longer? What is it like to know that?
- Open your eyes, what do you see. Is it light out or still dark? Does it take a little time to focus? Is there a change in your attention when you open your eyes?
- Bring back the attention to the breath.
- Slowly begin to move the body, wiggle your toes and fingers. Move your head from side to side. Gently stretch your body.
- Get out of bed in the pace that feels right for you.
All mornings are different, but it would be possible to use a few moments to wake up in this way and to prioritize it more in your everyday life ?