Creative and conscious, cranky and rushed — what does your average morning look like? For many, waking up on the wrong side of the bed is a daily occurrence. Others rise a bit bedraggled, waiting until the last minute possible to roll out of bed and rush off to work. And then there are those bright-eyed and bushy-tailed powerhouses, who are highly productive before the crack of dawn.
Bed Over Birds
Over the last ten years or so, I dwelled among the bedraggled, even though I wanted to be up with the birds; the sad thing was that I knew the value of waking early and easing into the day. When my daughters were young, making a little time for myself in the morning was a truly enjoyed ritual I recommended to friends. But for some reason, sleep became my priority, so I stayed in bed.
At the beginning of last year, things changed. I challenged myself to do “Yoga with Adriene’s 31-day Yoga Revolution,” and I knew getting up earlier was the only chance I had to make it work. I started giving myself an extra hour in the morning — just on the weekdays — and what happened took me by surprise.
I liked doing yoga in the morning; so much so that I was excited to get up early! A couple of weeks in, I decided to add meditation practice, so I tagged on a little more time, and as a result, my mornings and my days became more enjoyable and calm.
Rise and Scribe
Recently, I learned of Hal Elrod’s book “The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life (Before 8 a.m.).” The book is based on the idea that how you start your day is how the whole thing will go. While I have not yet read the book, I have watched videos of Elrod speaking, and he is inspiring. His morning Life S.A.V.E.R.S — Silence, Affirmations, Visualization, Exercise, Reading and Scribing — are something he wholeheartedly believes have the power to transform lives.
Because of my current experience with early rising, I knew I wanted to give this a try; for the past month or so, I have been getting up even earlier, and I find that I have more energy throughout the day.
Create Your Day
To me, the most important part about this whole philosophy is getting up to do things you love: to create a morning that makes your heart sing before you head to the office, run errands, check emails or whatever else you have to do. You don’t have to do all, or even any, of the things suggested by others. But please do you.
You might start out with a cup of tea and the horoscopes. Perhaps you light a few candles, journal for a bit and then make a healthy breakfast. Maybe getting out of the house is more suitable — you could take an early yoga class and go to your favorite coffee shop for a little reading time.
You might create a two-hour morning routine, or you might make one that is 30 minutes long. It’s your morning. Get creative and make it what you want it to be, to set the tone for the rest of your day.
Carving Out Space
Self-care is important, and most of us put it behind everything else, never giving ourselves the love and nurturing we need. Making space for yourself in the morning can be truly transforming, and allowing yourself the time to tap into your creativity will lead to more creative moments.
Whatever you do, let it be yours.