Have you ever noticed that when the day starts bad for you, everything just looks to ‘;go to pot’; after that! Your mood is negative, you eat more food and of course the day feels like a battle!
The key to this problem, which inevitably leads to more comfort eating, is what you do immediately get you up in the morning. If you are anything like I used to be (and still can be at times when I forget this key), I either lie there thinking and worrying about the day ahead or get up and rush round like a headless chicken trying to fit everything in before I go out! Both of these actions have a tendency to start the day on a bad footing.
When I realized the huge difference a good start to the day made to my motivation, happiness and eating habits I began to make it a priority in my life. So here are the ‘;Morning Ritual’; tips I would like to share with you today …
1. Get up an hour before you normally do.
Now do not pull that face! This is the time of the day that is really your own private time (‘;Me Time’;). So relish it with delight, especially if you can go outside and enjoy the beauty of the world around you.
2. Decide on an action you want to take that is self-loving, enjoyable and energising.
I love to do 30 minutes of jog / dancing followed by a series of stretching yoga type exercises that help me switch my mind into my body and away from any thoughts of the day or negative nattering.
3. Spend 15 to 20 minutes in meditation.
If you have never mediated, I can highly recommend it as a wonderful way of starting the day. You would be surprised just how much tension and negative emotion can be held over from the previous day that meditation can relate.
4. If meditation is not your thing then try a relaxing peaceful bath or an activity / exercise you really love.
Do not try to do any activity / exercise that is a struggle or not enjoyable. The whole part of this ritual is to bring enjoyment and love into the first hour of your day.
5. Spend a few moments giving thanks for all your blessings.
Gratitude is a very powerful process that when practiced through the day helps you focuses, so much more easily, on the positive things that life offers.
6. Finally, play a movie in your mind of all the things that you are planning to do that day and see yourself undertaking them easily and smoothly. Visualize the people around you happily helping you and the day being filled with fun and laughter.
Do not be tempted to skip this last bit as it has a major impact on how you do when reality does not match up to your ‘;morning movie’;.
Give it a try and see the difference it can make to your day.