How you wake up in the morning matters

Author: Emma Gilbert

Can I ask you a personal question – what’s the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?

Snooze the alarm? Start browsing the internet? Check your emails? Does your brain immediately shift into “everything I need to do today…”

If we’re honest, many of wake up and browse Facebook, check the news and the (never ending) “to-do” list.  BOOM your brain goes from peaceful sleep to 100 mile an hour!

Hearth Math diagram.

Why does this matter? First of all, you are setting your brain and your day up for stress, but is that all? This switch also affects every other part of our bodies – including your heart. As you can see from the picture, your thoughts have a direct effect on your body.

What are the two most important organs keeping us alive would you say? Your brain and heart. So don’t you want to take care of them, by keeping stressful thoughts to a minimum? We would say that how you start your day isn’t just important in terms of what you eat for breakfast, but even MORE important is the mood you begin with. 

How to start your day in the right mood

Well here are my 3 fab ways to start the day right. We would love it if you tried one of them and let me know how it went.

OK 4 great ways to start your day that isn’t shut the world out (snooze) or overload:

1. Start with a 10 minute meditation

2. Get right out of bed and exercise or walk

3. Don’t touch your phone / the internet / television for the first hour

4. Replace anxious thoughts with gratitude – think of 3 things that you are grateful for and write it down if you can

Starting your day calm, with endorphins or by simply EXCLUDING stress, you will notice your mood improve. It should even hep you to hold your adjustments for longer!