Morning-rituals

5 Ways To Fall In Love With Mondays

It’s Monday morning. You hear your alarm and you hit the snooze button. Then you hit it again. Eventually you manage to get out of bed, get dressed and out of the house. You grab a coffee on the run and start counting the days left before the weekend… Too many. While most of us are familiar with this scenario, it doesn’t have to be this way. You can fall in love with Mondays and here’s how.

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1. Get enough sleep

We have a good time until late on the weekends, sleep in, then stay up late again. No wonder getting out of bed on Mondays is a struggle. Treat yourself to an early Sunday night instead and you will wake up with renewed energy.

2. Have a morning ritual

Do something in the morning that helps you feel the way you want to feel – whether it’s calm and grounded or excited and wanting to take on the world. Your morning ritual could include exercise or meditation, but it can also be as simple as singing loudly along to your favourite song on the radio.

3. Schedule something fun for Monday

Why do we leave all the fun things for Friday nights? Why not have fun every day? Schedule a lunch date with a friend or a dance class after work and you will have something look forward to.

4. Appreciate your work

No work situation is perfect and it’s easy to let our attention go to all the things we dislike. If you notice yourself going down the negative spiral, stop and remind yourself of all the things you appreciate about your work, instead. Maybe you’re working on a new and exciting project. Or you have a client you always enjoy talking to. Or you get free coffee. At the very least, you have an income that pays your bills. There’s always something you can appreciate.

5. Plan for change

If none of the above ideas help you fall in love with Mondays, you probably need a change. Spend some time figuring out what’s working and what’s not working for you in your current situation. Brainstorm things you can do to make your work more enjoyable or start looking at other opportunities.

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April 27, 2015

Powerful Morning Rituals That Lead To Success

Why did the early bird get the worm? Because he had already exercised, meditated, visualised and had set his intention for the day! Seriously though, some of the most successful people in the world including Steve Jobs, Anna Wintour and Tony Roberts attribute their accomplishments to productive morning rituals.

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So what are their secrets and how can incorporating some of these practises be beneficial to our own lives?

Exercise

Getting up at the crack of dawn to hit the pavement or the gym takes practise. But not only has it been widely reported that you burn more calories first thing in the morning, research demonstrates that a morning workout can regulate your appetite and increase mental awareness for the day.

According to Forbes, Vogue editor Anna Wintour is on the tennis court by 6am, while Starbucks president Michelle Gass wakes up every morning at 4.30am to go running. “When I’m at my best, it’s because I’m taking care of myself… Morning runs clear my mind,” she said.

Meditate

Imagine kick-starting your day in a state of zen! You’d certainly tackle problems more efficiently and would be less inclined to let the smaller things frustrate you throughout the day. Research shows that meditation clears the mind, combats stress and can even boost immune function and increase levels of serotonin in the brain.

Talk show host, Ellen DeGeneres practises transcendental meditation on a daily basis and has said it is the only time she has stillness. “It gives me this peaceful, peaceful feeling,” she said at an LA gala.

Reflect on your goals

For most of us, our morning routine goes a little something like this: wake-up, eat breakfast, read or watch the news, get dressed, run out the door. But for Steve Jobs he used this time to reflect on his goals. During a speech at Stanford University in 2005, he said: “For the past 33 years I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?’ And whenever the answer has been ‘no’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.”

When you’re on autopilot it can be difficult to navigate the areas in your life that you’re not happy with. By taking time out each morning, whether that be putting pen to paper or looking in the mirror, it helps you to refocus and re-establish what’s most important to you.

Just like Jobs said: “Almost everything: all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure… these things just fall away in the face of death… leaving only what is truly important.”

Visualise

While visualisation may not be for everyone, recent studies have revealed that thoughts produce the same mental instructions as actions do. This means that every time we visualise doing something, we trigger a subconscious process that actually trains our brain.

Part of motivational speaker, Tony Robbins’ morning routine involves encouraging incantations, or affirmations, so to speak. He visualises everything he wants in his life as if he had it today. This method reportedly helps him to condition his mind, body and emotions to bring out his best self every day.

March 10, 2015

Supercharge Your Day With This Simple Morning Ritual

Sometimes my days start like this. I hear the alarm. The baby next to me is still sleeping after a wakeful night, so I press the snooze button. Then I press it again. Finally, the older kids wake me up, because it’s nearly time for them to go to school. I rush into the kitchen struggling to get their lunches ready while checking my phone. I feel stressed out and ready to go to back bed before the morning has even started. And as the day goes on, it doesn’t get any better. Am I the only one or does this sound familiar?

While I wish I had a relaxed morning routine that included meditation and exercise, at this time in my life it would be a big stretch for me. But there is one simple morning ritual even the busiest mum can do. It only takes a minute and it can completely transform your day.

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This ritual is setting a daily intention.

Daily intentions are short statements to capture the essence of the day you want to live. To choose your intention, take a few deep breaths, close your eyes and ask yourself, ‘What do I want my day to be like? How do I want to feel?’

You can choose a word to describe a feeling – for example, ‘peace’ or ‘joy’.  Or your intention can be a short reminder to yourself like ‘Slow down’, ‘Be present for my children’, ‘See kindness in people’.

Once you’ve chosen your intention, write it down. It makes you feel more committed to it and it also helps you remember it. Then every time you find yourself stressed, upset or angry, you can take a few breaths and come back to your intention for the day. How can you bring more joy into what you’re doing? What can help you feel more peaceful?

The best time to set your intention is first thing in the morning, but there’s absolutely no reason why you can’t do it as soon as you remember. At any moment you can choose to shift your focus and invite more of what you want into your life.

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By Tatiana Apostolova

July 9, 2014