- focus your breath before you even open your eyes, breath into any part of your body that needs extra attention
- Let your bed “breath.” Pull all of the blankets and sheets to the foot of your bed so it can air out.
- Refocus your thoughts. By now my mind is usually racing with my “to do” list and inviting in anxious behavior. Bring your mind back to the present.
- Think, write down or say out loud a few things that you’re grateful for. Some days its for the million dollars you just won, and other days it’s that you remembered to take the trash out on trash night. Im usually thinking about the things Im grateful for as I head to the kitchen for step number 5.
5. Whether you’re a breakfast eater or only coffee or protein shake in the morning kind of person, give yourself the time to make it thoughtfully. We got into the habit of hand grinding our coffee beans and making coffee in a Chemex, it is WAY SLOWER but so worth it. That small, enjoyable accomplishment so early makes me feel like I’m taking the reins on my day. I’m choosing how to spend my moments.
6. Move your body. Stretch, walk, swim, anything that lets your body know that you’re alive and ready to collaborate with it. Did you know that moving your body, especially after an injury is telling it, “Heyo! I’m still living and intend to make moves today! Let’s get this machine in action!”
7. Make your bed. All aired out and ready to get cute, pull the sheets and blankets back up.
All of these may seem like just simple tasks or chores, but without the addition of screens, smartwatches, music, podcasts, etc, you are clearing a path for your mind to center. This is just level one of an offline morning, stick around for more guidance. Give yourself the gift of being present.