Apr 22, 2013

Embrace Your Inner Morning Person & Monday Meraki (#MM) no. 11

Hi darlins'! It's great to see ya here!

Per a certain lovely reader's request, I'm going to delve into the topic of morning "routines".

Now, I'll be the first to admit that rigorous workout sessions at the crack of dawn are not my cup of tea. In truth, there aren't many activities that I would commit to every morning like clockwork.

That being said, I do have a few best practices to share that always make my mornings a little bit better :) For simplicity's sake, I'll elaborate via acrostic poem:

Avoid Hitting Snooze
Tip: When your alarm goes off, avoid the overwhelming temptation to insta-snooze for 5-20 minutes. I always feel better when I just sit up and give myself those extra minutes to assimilate to being awake.

Wake Up With A Goal In Mind
Tip: Getting motivated in the early hours of day is roughly 100,000x harder when I haven't already outlined some sort of goal for myself beforehand. Fun fact: Your goals don't have to be monster tasks! Trust me, any goal accomplished before 6am makes me feel like an absolute rockstar.

Aim Your Sights On The Next 30 Minutes
Tip: To reduce stress, I try to focus only on the next 30 minutes of my day when I wake up in the morning. I just visualize the small, important things that need to be done only in that frame of time to avoid overwhelming my sleepy brain. It definitely makes my mornings more thoughtful and peaceful :)

Kiss The Mirror
Tip: Okay, I'm not suggesting you physically kiss the mirror (every morning), what I'm saying is that it really helps to start the day by positively reinforcing your self image. Everyone feels better when they think they look good, so why not start your morning by telling yourself that?

Tip: Breakfast is so important, so don't skip it or cram down junk when you're in a rush. The morning is often the busiest time of my day, so I usually opt for a healthy & filling made-in-the-microwave scramble.

Name Your Blessings
Tip: We all have so much in our lives to be grateful for, and taking a minute in the quiet of the morning to mentally list some of those things puts a great perspective on your day. Better yet, take out a pen and piece of paper and write down 10 very specific things that you're happy about. I started this practice a little over a year ago and I never get tired of it!

Now, since it's Monday it wouldn't be the same without a little Meraki...

Over the weekend, I followed through on my last post's goal and went on an early morning run through Bloomington, IN. I felt the creativity and patience it took to craft this route on MapMyRun warranted a MM shout out :)

In a few words the 6AM, 2.5 mile run was: chilly, twisty-turvy and incredibly satisfying.

Happy Monday!!

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