It's Monday and it's cold! Brr!
I'm not complaining though. I really don't mind the refreshing chill. Bundling up for the first time is sort of fun. Or maybe I'm just sick of sweating on the subway, only to show up at work with my make up running down my face. As you may well know I am settling into a new life - new neighborhood, new job, new routine. It hasn't been easy, but I've made sure to start and adhere to a schedule that makes the new seem well, normal.
Our lives are in a constant rotation and typically we form a certain routine, a certain schedule to help us get from day-to-day without failing. Once you get used a routine it's easier to hit the snooze button and find yourself running to the bus (or car, or train). It's the thrill of almost not making it. Well, thats happened to me a few times already and I've started to become aware of it. It makes me feel completely unorganized. I show up to work flushed, anxious and nervous. And I don't like that. Who does? So I've started to initiate some new actions that have me easing into the week on the right foot.
We all start our mornings pretty similarly, but what if I tell you not to hit that last snooze button? What if you got up ten minutes earlier than you usually do? I sound crazy, don't I? Ten minutes you could be sleeping? Well those are an extra ten minutes you have to drink your cup of coffee, enjoy breakfast or read The Skimm (or Tickle Me Pink). It gives you the exact amount of time to get to work feeling confident and rested. Trusst.
stretch it out now
I know you reach for your phone the minute you open your eyes. I do it too. We all do. But, how about you don't? Simply turn off your alarm, climb out of bed and turn on your Keurig. Then take five minutes to stretch. It's going to be slightly awkward when you first start doing this, but it totally helps with circulation. Especially if you spend most of your day behind a desk.
healthy start, healthy day
I'm not going to lie here, I love a good bagel. And I really love a New York bagel. My god are they delicious. Healthy? No. Something I think about often? Yup. But that isn't going to be the best thing to start my day. Starting the day with a healthy breakfast helps ensure that you make healthy decisions throughout the rest of the day. Typically I grab a greek yogurt and sprinkle in some Chia seeds and flax seeds. It keeps me full until lunch!
Do you have any tried-and-true morning secrets that send you off smiling? Do share!