Monday, 3 September 2012

The importance of a.m routine or how to optimize your time in the morning

Mornings can be as blissful or stressful as we make them. I have personally tested the theory/quote 'Rise and shine. The early bird gets the worm'. Well, perhaps not all of us are fans of rolling out of bed with the sunrise ( especially in the winter!) but properly organizing your time upon waking up can have a positive impact on the whole day ahead. If you, like myself, have a luxury of having "me" time ( read: no babies, young kids) in the morning try following these simple steps and hopefully the notion of "bad morning" will be a thing of the past:)

-Upon waking up smile and tell yourself something positive: "it's a beautiful, sunny day out" or "i am going to rock this day/presentation/interview..", " i am so lucky and grateful for having a person who loves me beside me in bed"... Don't underestimate a power of self-talk!It does work:)

-Do yourself a favor and put aside that laptop/ipad/remote control and read a book instead! Yes, a good old paper book. On a topic that is related to your career. You will actually get some knowledge since most of the time we are bombarded with useless and unrelated to our lives "information". Allocate a certain time slot of uninterrupted reading and stick to it. Self-education is a choice of a few but I think it is well worth it.

-Now, that you have nourished your brain it's time to get physical! Choose whatever you prefer: strike a few yoga poses, go for a swim or power walk/jog- any activity that will start you blood flowing! Trust me if you have time to work out in the morning- do it! Quite often you will come up with tons of excuses not to do so later on in a day! 

-Time for a GOOD brekky! Personally, breakfast is my favorite meal of the day and for a good reason: it is in the morning when our bodies need the most food. So go ahead and have a big bowl of oatmeal sprinkled with cinnamon and crumbled walnuts, egg frittata with vegetables of choice or peanut butter toast with a banana! Try to avoid items high in sugar/saturated fat ( make those yummy croissants or danishes an occasional indulgence rather than a norm). I am hooked on Earl Grey tea in the morning but it can be green tea, freshly squeezed juice or a glass of milk. 

-Last but not least....Before you leave for work/school don't forget to give a big hug to your loved ones and tell them a few nice words! Who doesn't like affection?;)

Happy Morning!!

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