Good Morning. Are you in 3 day weekend withdrawal like me? Do you feel like you need a jump start? School starts this week for my kids. So I’m starting off the school year with a personal challenge as well- To start off the day more zen, so I don’t feel like I’m trying to catch up all day. Many believe the first 15 minutes of each day are the most important and set the tone for the day.
Here are five simple things I’m doing to start my day with more zen! Join me on my journey.
1. Wake Up With Intention
This means waking up before your kids. I know, I know who wants to do that? But then you will have time to take a shower, check your e-mail, get ready for the day before the kiddos come calling. So this probably means going to bed earlier as well. I’ve been staying up way too late to have my quiet time. Now I’m trying to have my quiet time in the morning instead.
How: Start slowly. Set your alarm for 15 minutes earlier than when your kids normally wake, then 30 minutes, then more if you want. Do what works for you. (If your a new mom, never mind this part! Sleep when you can!)
2. Make Your Bed
It may seem like a simple task, but it’s amazing what a beautiful uncluttered bed can do for you. It makes you feel more organized and ready to start the day and only takes a few minutes. And it’s great to climb into at the end of the day too.
3. Take 5 Deep Breaths
I get so rushed in the morning, I forget to breathe. Take a few moments to just breathe.
How: Take a deep breath in slowly for about 5 seconds. Imagine your lungs filling up with air. Hold then exhale slowly, to let all the air out about 5-7 seconds. Repeat.
4. Stretch and Release Tension
5 minutes would be great, but even a quick stretch by touching your toes will get your blood flowing.
How: If you have a regular stretch routine than focus on that. I like to do neck and shoulder stretches. Here’s another great exercise to relieve stress and get you going. By tensing and relaxing your muscles, you can help relieve some of the physical stress that’s stored in your body. Start at the bottom: Tense the muscles of your feet and then relax them. Tense and relax the different muscle groups of your body one at a time — your legs, stomach, back, neck, arms, face, and head. And breathe.
5. Pick A Word Of The Day
Choose a word (an intention) for the day. Write it down. Focus on the meaning and what it means for you. Use that word to guide your day. Here are few examples: Happiness, Success, Peace, Gratitude, Strength, Voice, Power, Motivation, Dedication, Love, Joy, Empowerment, Friendship etc.
How do you start your day with zen? I’ll follow up in a few weeks and let you know how the challenge is working for me. I’d love to hear from you too!