Stress-free morning, anyone?
Mornings can make or break your day. Whether it’s waking up on the wrong side of the bed, having an argument with your significant other, or just running late, the tone of your day gets set right away. As hard as you try to craft the perfect morning routine, it doesn’t always work out as planned. Here are 5 mindfulness tips to help you create a stress-free morning routine, no matter what comes up.
First things first: Connect to Gratitude
One of the quickest ways to reroute our brains from a crazy panic to a calmer state, is to tap into gratitude. Right away, pause and mentally think about five things you’re grateful for. Amy Kurtz at MindBodyGreen says “The point is that an attitude of gratitude will automatically shift the way you see, feel, and do everything throughout the day to a better place.” So before you react to whatever madness that has filled your morning, take a moment to consider even the little things you’re grateful for.
Choose Not to Rush
This might seem impossible on those mornings you wake up late or hit the snooze button one too many times. You realize just how late it is and panic sets in. You rush around, chastising yourself for not getting up in time to breeze through your perfect morning routine. But remember, no matter how much time you have, it’s your choice to move unhurried. That doesn’t mean you take your sweet time and get to work three hours late. It just means that you choose your mindset and decide to be flexible and adjust.
Be Flexible and Adjust
When your schedule has been blown and your perfect morning routine ruined, you tend to move around mindlessly. You may try to squeeze in all the things you think need to get done right that second. But if you consider how you wanted your stress-free morning to look and you know what the ultimate goal is, you can still get there. Tracy Miller at Prevention Magazine says to “Stop fussing with things that don’t matter.” Know your priorities and let go of the things that truly don’t matter. You can clean the kitchen later.
When things don’t go the way we planned, it’s easy to get upset and spend the entire morning operating from a place of frustration. We do that because “what is” is not “what is supposed to be”, at least as we see it. Instead, take a moment and allow ourselves to let go of “how it was supposed to go.” Embrace the way it has unfolded so you can begin to redeem your morning. You can’t control what has happened up to this point. The sooner you can let that go, the sooner you’ll be able to really lean in to the present moment. By doing so, your mentality will begin to shift into a better space.
Be Kind to Yourself
Did you know that according to Forbes, science is proving more and more that there is a link between self-compassion and success? Amongst other things, it can boost your happiness and reduce psychological distress…like the kind you experience on a chaotic morning. (Check out the full article here to catch all the benefits!)
So before you go beating yourself up about how horrible the day has started out, consider a more gentle approach. Go easy on yourself. It will also help you be kinder to those around you, and if you have many people in your household, you’ll find this can help lift everyone’s spirits. Go gently into a stress-free morning.
Bonus Tip: Prepare the Night Before
We all know that sooner or later, you’re bound to oversleep or face something unexpected in the morning that will throw everything off. One of the best things you can do for yourself is have things prepared beforehand. Lay out your work clothes, have a simple breakfast prepped and ready, and pre-pack your gym bag so it’s ready to go. It will save you time and stress, and could save a morning gone wrong!
You have the ability to practice mindfulness at all times and you deserve to experience a life unhurried. Go ahead and hammer out that perfect morning routine. They are incredibly beneficial. But hopefully these mindfulness tips will help you reclaim your calm in the midst of a crazy morning, when things just didn’t go according to plan.
Do you have a go-to mindfulness tip for difficult mornings? Share with us in the comments below!