You know those days, when you wake up not only on the wrong side of the bed, but like the bed is a giant vacuum, sucking you in to the softness and warmth only it provides. Slow. Heavy. There’s a lot happening out there.
Is it just me?
Sometimes, I swear I’m in other dimensions or running from bears or solving the world’s problems, because those mornings, I just don’t start out so chipper. *I’m currently experimenting with food choices, routines/rituals, giving up coffee (I know, right?) and exercise to see how this is affected.*
Just ask Scott. He’s ALL too aware of my please-don’t-talk-to-me-yet glazy haze.
But guess what…too bad (for me.) Life goes on, kids need to go to school, I have a business to run and it’s not fair to my extremely supportive and loving man to have to deal with a mummy some (ok, most…) mornings. He has the ability to jump up at 5:00am sunny and warm, all the time. Bless him.
When those crank mornings happen, I’m usually aware of it as soon as I open my eyes. So, I know I have a choice. I could let this go on all day. Just feeling off…not quite myself. Or I could catch my lizard brain before it has a chance to really slither into my day.
A) Complain about being tired and overwhelmed - even if it’s only to MYSELF. Important distinction here. The effects of complaining aren’t just when we speak complaints out loud. They are also extremely detrimental when we run that loop back on to ourselves.
B) Take action and turn the ship around. With grace and ease. Gentleness and power.
More and more and more, I choose B.
Here are 5 quick ways to turn your day around super fast when you wake up weird and wonky:
1. Change your mind. Easy right? I’m being serious. Accept - without judgment - with a gentle tone, where you are in that moment. I feel shitty. Not sure why. Everything’s actually pretty great. Or maybe it’s not. Maybe it’s hormones. Maybe I didn’t eat right or the change in my eating made something shift. Maybe it’s a new exercise routine. Maybe it’s still that thing they said yesterday. Who knows and frankly, it doesn’t matter. Take a deep breath, put one hand over your belly and one over your heart, take a deep breath and tell yourself that you are just fine. You are love. Just like you would treat your best friend or your child. Give yourself that same love and respect with gentle loving kindness.
2. Stretch or move your body in some way. We store emotions and other mental sludge in our cells, so either quietly stretch before you get out of bed, put on a great song and dance, do 10 pushups/10 sit-ups, whatever will energize you and force your mind into a shift. Something that allows you to get OUT OF YOUR HEAD and drop into your body. This will shake out and move around some stuck negative energy.
3. Nutrition. Personally, I drink 2 16-ounce glasses of water first thing. Then 8 ounces of kombucha, then another 16 ounces of water mixed with Green Vibrance (a greens powder.) Then, make your first meal full of energy-giving nutrients. No sugar. No processed gluten. I’m also switching from coffee to either matcha tea, Living Tea, or pu-erh tea. You heard me right, no coffee. Although I LUUUHHHUUV coffee, it hurts my stomach. Too acidic. I feel SSSOOOOOHHOO much better when I don’t drink it. Damn coffee. *sheds tear.
4. Get outside. Nature heals…well, maybe everything. Put your feet in the grass. Get some fresh air. Watch the birds and animals. Pay attention to something OTHER than yourself. If the weather isn’t cooperating, sit under cover for a minute. If you’re in an office, try to take a quick break and just walk outside for a deep breath. Or at least sit at your desk and take 3 deep breaths, preferably with your eyes closed. Imagine the air of a clean spring day.
5. Take action. What is one thing that at the end of the day, you can think to yourself, yes…I got THAT done. What is one thing you can do in the next 5 minutes that will: move your body forward, your health, your business, your relationship? Make the call. Hug your partner. Put a note in your kid’s lunchbox. TAKE ANY SMALL ACTION. Out of the head...into the body.
Meditate. I know, I know, you can’t. But you CAN sit still for 3 minutes and breathe deeply. You will have thoughts. Just watch them come and go and don’t attach to any one. Just concentrate on your breathing or one word for 3 minutes. And breathe.
These five ways to shift your morning when it doesn’t start out so awesome or energetic will work. They don’t take a lot of time, can be done quickly and efficiently, and when practiced daily (or almost daily) they are so much easier to grab out of the toolbox when you need a workable tactic in a pinch.