WHAT DO YOU WHEN YOU FIRST WAKE UP?

My mindfulness journal tasked me today with being mindful in the morning.  This took a bit of thinking from my side… like many of us I wake up when “I need to” which is right before everything starts moving.  I wake up, I go straight to the bathroom get myself semi-ready and start working on the kid’s lunches and breakfast and all while having some fun family talk. Then I finish my makeup and tidy up my bedroom and kitchen and leave right after to go to work with my oldest son who has early cross country practices.

So you see, taking a few minutes to be mindful put me in a pickle… So I tried a different approach to my morning.  I woke up EARLIER and allowed myself to have a me-time without interruption. Of course, for this to happen, I had to go to bed EARLIER too! No caffeine after 4:00 pm and did my best to be in bed earlier than usual.

So I woke up at 4:25 gave myself a pep talk and got out of bed. I worked out for 45 minutes and after I was done, I dedicated time to do my journal.  I did my best to be mindful in the morning while waking up, working out, journaling, and writing…

I liked the way I felt, more in-tune with the morning routine, more in-tune with myself. I did not like the fact that I felt that in order to achieve that I need to move my schedule (go to bed earlier, wake up earlier) instead of having the freedom to take a chunk of time of the day just for me… but I am learning with time that to be responsible of my actions and choices do make a different and I chose to have a house, a husband, two kiddos, and a full time job, so I think that being grateful for those choices is better than feeling grumpy because of needing to wake up earlier…

I have plans of doing this again, at least 3 times a week and for the other days, I plan to move the mindful moment for the night incorporating it in my night routine… we will see how that goes.

We will see with time how the new routine works, and looking forward to more challenges my new mindful journaling adventure may bring.

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