What is the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning??
So many of us tend to begin our days with reaching right for our phones, checking our social media accounts, checking the news, etc. That totally used to be me too!! For as long as I can remember, I would have this routine of reaching right for my phone and going from my facebook, to my instagram, to my email until I got through all my important accounts.
Then I heard something that helped me change my outlook on how I start my days. Doing all those things I mentioned above automatically has your mind going in the comparison or negativity mode. Usually the first things you read about on the news are negative and painful events. Looking at other people’s social media accounts probably causes you to feel like they have it better than you and you should be more accomplished that you are at this point in your life.
It was so true for me! As an empath and a highly sensitive person, I tend to easily absorb negative energy – reading negative things would have an impact on my mood the rest of the day. The more aware I became of it, the more those things impacted me.
I decided to run a little experiment, instead of reaching for my phone first thing in the morning – I started a new routine. Wake up and meditate for 5-10 minutes, list 3 new things I was grateful for from the day before and write at least a paragraph in my journal reflecting on a happy memory from the day before.
I’m not going to lie and say that it was an easy transition – it wasn’t! Breaking unhealthy habits is tough and takes willpower and discipline. But what helped was the changes I started to notice. Not only did I start my days on a positive note, focusing on all the good things – which set me up for a much better mood and improved ability to handle daily stressors. But I also became more conscious and aware of simple positive things that were happening to me and around me throughout the day.
So I challenge you to try this! Try it for a week – make a commitment to yourself to start your day with gratitude and I promise you the results will encourage you to keep it going.