If you're reading this on your phone and just woke up, this one is especially for you!
Many people begin their day rolling over and looking at their phone. This is *never* a good idea because it will trigger your brain to react to anything you're reading and seeing....and we all know that's a double-whammy right now. Plus, it's draining. Many people check their phone for a sense of connection. Instead, connect with YOURSELF, first.
Try being more intentional about the first 10 minutes of your day by doing activities that make you feel CALM, PEACEFUL and ready to tackle the day in a responsive mode rather than a frenzied 'reactive' mode.
Notice how you spend the first few minutes of your day. If checking your phone stresses you out, be honest with yourself and let the phone sleep in another room so you won't be tempted.
** If ALL YOU DO is break the checking-the-cell phone-first-thing-in-the-morning HABIT, that's a darn good start. You can do more, though. Go for it!
Right now, map out your new morning routine for tomorrow and write it in your journal. Make sure you have everything you need (water on your night stand, music ready to play, scented lotion, etc) and try your new routine in the AM.
NOTICE HOW YOU FEEL - as a result.
ps. Whenever I coach someone through a transition or stressful time in their life, I ALWAYS ask them to stop checking their phone/computer in the morning and at least an hour before going to sleep. It's one of the EASIEST ways to reduce anxiety. A stressed-out brain struggles to find solutions or be creative. Keep that in mind.
What's your typical morning routine (first 5-10 minutes after waking up) and how does it make you feel? What can you do, first thing in the morning, to anchor a calm & peaceful feeling for the day? What supplies do you need to make this happen tomorrow?