Good morning everybody! Today I am beginning a new blog section which I have named Mindful Monday. I want to try to help make everyone’s week a little brighter because we could all use a little extra positivity in our lives!
Mental health is something that is so close to my heart, as someone who has dealt with mental health issues, I understand just how difficult it can be and sometimes it can seem impossible to find the silver lining or to see the light at the end of the tunnel. I promise you it is there!
Mindful Monday will be here whenever you need a positive pick-me-up! I will include tips, quotes, poems, beautiful pictures and anything that helps me turn that frown upside down!
Start the Day the Best Way
The way we start our day is so important to our overall mood and many of us forget to take a little moment to treat ourselves. Between trying to shake off the morning fog, frantically getting ourselves ready for work or getting the kids ready for school, it can seem impossible to find five minutes of peace to prepare yourself for the busy day ahead. But there are a few different ways that you can help beat the morning blues and make the most out of your morning!
Wake Up 15 Minutes Earlier
Waking up that little bit earlier sounds gross, doesn’t it? I remember giving my therapist the death stare when he suggested it but hear me out. I always used to give myself just the right amount of time that I needed to get myself washed, dressed and fed before I was out of the door so I could maximise the number of hours that my head was on the pillow (I was one of those snooze demons too), however, I would always be left feeling stressed and rushed. These feelings can often grow as the day goes on and so we want to try to start our day with positive feelings and emotions instead. That is where this extra 15 minute comes in.
For the first 15 minutes of your day, do something that you love! Whilst it might be a little difficult at first, you will feel the benefits immediately and who knows, you may begin to wake up half an hour or even an hour earlier so you can utilise your morning even more! Here are some things that I enjoy doing before I start the day and some things that you should definitely avoid…
Listen to Music
If you are a music lover like me, spending 15 minutes in the morning to have a headbang, a boogie or a sing along to your favourite songs can make you feel on top of the world. So brew that coffee, blast those tunes and slide across the kitchen tiles like it’s Saturday night.
Listen to an Uplifting Podcast
I was never one for podcasts before, however, I have recently started listening to Happier with Gretchen Rubin and I absolutely adore it! Offering tips, tricks and advice to help you become the happiest version of you, Gretchen makes my day that little bit brighter. There are so many positivity podcasts out there, including Spotify’s Daily Wellness podcast, which includes some wonderfully uplifting songs as well as inspirational and motivational talks, find one that works for you and spend 15 minutes getting your mind into that happy headspace.
Do a Short Yoga Sequence
A little yoga goes a long way! After your body has been resting for the night, there is nothing more satisfying than a good stretch! It can be difficult to find time during the day to give our mind and body the TLC that it deserves and yoga is perfect for easing the mind and the muscles. There are plenty of 10–15-minute yoga routines out there which can work wonders for waking you up, which you can do whilst your coffee is brewing. Yoga with Adriene has my favourite yoga videos on the internet, her personality will cheer you up straight away and her videos are easy to follow whether you are trying yoga for the first time or have a few yogi tricks up your sleeve. I absolutely adore her Energising Morning Sequence so much, that I have learned it by heart!
Read a Book or Article
Instead of reading the news or the latest Facebook rants, pick up a book and get a few chapters in first thing! There is nothing more relaxing than sitting down with a good read and a cup of tea. No matter what the weather is doing outside, you can find a moment of peace catching up with your current read. If books aren’t your thing, there are some super blogs out there for adventure lovers, foodies and mindfulness so you can enjoy your read and exercise your mind at once!
Write Down Goals or Create an Affirmation
If you are anything like me and you are never without a notebook (or three), grab your coffee and write down three positive things that you would like to achieve today. They can be as big or as small as you would like them to be but make sure they are achievable! I like to write down one thing that will make someone’s day, one thing that will put a big smile on my face and then one thing that will make me feel like a productive boss. For example, here are my three goals today:
- Buy Mum a bunch of flowers for when she finishes work
- Repot my gigantic aloe vera
- Finally finish organising Google Photos!
Do Not Skip Breakfast!
I know that there are some people out there who swear by not eating breakfast, however, on the whole, it really is the most important meal of the day and we all know that food can work wonders when it comes to cheering us up! Spending a moment to appreciate, enjoy and be thankful for your food can help our mind and body feel the best it possibly can.
Start the day with food that you love to eat but remember, the healthier the better — your mind and body will thank you! If you do struggle for time in the morning and have to make sure your family is ready for school, there are so many recipes for breakfasts that you can quickly prepare the night before so all you need to do in the morning is enjoy the crap out of your tasty morsel.
Avoid Social Media and News Platforms
Unless your social media is strictly fluffy bunnies, puppies and sunrises (if it is, send me links), I would suggest avoiding it until a little later in the day. Whilst it is always wonderful to catch up with our friends and family and see what they are up to, we all know the unrealistic expectations that platforms such as Instagram can impose. It is easy to look at celebrity’s posing with their morning coffee on a beach in Marbella and to wish that your morning started just like that, however, their life isn’t all sunshine and rainbows. These photos are usually just set up and well taken. There have been so many occasions that I have posted photos of a morning coffee in the garden and it looks like I am having the most tranquil and elegant start to the day. The reality will be an un-showered me, squatting in juvenile floral pyjamas, with a cigarette hanging out of my mouth and hair like a banshee caught in a hurricane, trying to steady my shaking hands as I take the “perfect picture”. The point is, don’t believe everything you see!
If you do love a good flick through Insta in the morning, then I love to follow @jameelajamilofficial and her account @i_weigh for body confidence, positivity and let’s face it, Jameela Jamil is just an absolute gem.
As for the news, well, we all know that it is important to know what is occurring around the world and I believe that we should care what is happening, however, there is a time for news and first thing in the morning isn’t the best for our mental health. I don’t want the very first news I hear at the start of the day to be bad news! If you cannot help yourself, check out Positive.News and Good News Network for happy happy news!
I hope you found something in here that could help make your morning a little brighter! Subscribe to my blog to keep up to date with more Mindful Monday posts and let’s conquer the week with a lot of smiles, a lot of laughter and a whole lot of love. What do you like to do in the morning to start your day the best way?
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