Start Your Day in Slow-Mo
How you spend your morning sets the tone for the whole day.
With stress at an all-time high, people are searching for ways to decrease it and slow down without prescribing to pills. Luckily, there is a free and easy way available to literally everyone: waking up early and starting your day slow.
Successful people like Oprah and Tony Robbins have hacked their lives by simply starting their day slow and creating a morning ritual, like making tea, meditating, journaling, or working out. Not into any of those? That’s fine! Even if you wake up 30 minutes earlier than usual, that gives you more time to get ready and actually eat breakfast.
By waking up and starting slow, you’re able to ease into the day and spend time by yourself, something a lot of people don’t experience anymore.
Adopting a slow morning routine can take some getting used to, especially if you’re in the habit of hitting snooze until you have 30 minutes to get to work, or have kids that need help getting ready for school. If you're considering adopting a slow morning routine, here are some tips to help make that transition:
If you’re hitting snooze every morning you’re probably not getting enough sleep. Try creating a routine for yourself at night to prepare your mind and body for sleep. Over time, when you start your nightly ritual your body will become conditioned and you’ll start to get tired so you are able to fall asleep quicker and stop hitting snooze.
Be realistic. If you normally wake up at 7:30 AM you probably aren’t going to be able to wake up at 5 AM consistently. Instead, wake up at 7 AM. A few weeks later wake up at 6:30 AM. Set the bar low and build up to an earlier time if that works for you.
Create a ritual you look forward to. Examples: A quick 10-minute workout and making breakfast. If you have a skin routine, it could be doing that every morning and maybe adding a few steps to really treat yourself. Meditation and journaling is another common morning ritual.
Turn app notifications off on your phone so the only notifications you get are texts. When you don’t have notifications on your screen, you’re less inclined to open our phone and go straight to those apps. Turning off app notifications limits your distractions in the morning and throughout the whole day.
Do you already adopt a slow morning start? Let us know what you’re doing and how it’s changed your life!