Have you ever woken up hating life?
If so, how did the day go from there? Did it get better, or was it a bumpy ride until you finished it with a sigh of relief?
When I wake up with dread, the day always feels heavy, and what happens in it is neither fulfilling nor uplifting. Too often we spend our first minutes of the day wishing for a different job, a different body, even a different life. These kinds of thoughts make it impossible to face the day with enthusiasm and passion. When we lack those two things, we rarely take the steps necessary to get to a place where we wake up excited and passionate. It's a tough cycle, but one you can break out of.
If you maximize your waking moments, create positive momentum for the day, and repeat every morning you will change the pattern of waking up with dread and then going to bed frustrated.
The following is a simple yet effective morning ritual that only take a few minutes. I use it everyday, and it's made a huge shift in how open I am, how quickly I let go of setbacks, where I focus my energy, and even my ability to take on new challenges.
As soon as you wake up, smile
No matter what you're thinking about, start smiling. No matter what sort of day you had yesterday, smile. If you’re facing a tough day, smile.
It doesn't matter if it's fake and you feel like shit, you'll still get the benefits. Smiling reduces stress, relaxes the body, improves the immune system and more.
Smile for one minute, breathing deep as you do so.
As you smile, think about the sun rising, and the new energy it’s bringing. Think about the energy of new possibility each day brings and smile. Breathe in the freshness, and if your thoughts wander to other things, gently remind yourself that this one minute is for you, and you want to spend it focusing on the sun and it’s revitalizing energy.
Choose a color and imagine breathing it in for a few minutes
Breathe it in as a cloud of color-infused energy that goes to every corner of your body.
You might choose the color of the qualities you want in the day. For example, choose pink for a day filled with love, or green for a day filled with abundance.
As you breathe in, breathe the color into your bones and all throughout your skeletal system, which is your support system. Breathe the color into your muscles, your brain, your heart, your lungs, and each organ. Breathe it into every cell, fiber, nerve and corner of your body.
Then, breathe it into the space between your cells, into your aura and imagine a gold ring forming around it, holding this energy in place and filtering out what you don't want all day.
Say thank you in your mind or out loud
I wish you a great day, and remember, no matter what happens, you're doing the best you can.
Whatever you do is perfectly right for you at this time. Take it one day at at time.
Try not to compare yourself to anyone else, including you. What you can do one day might not be the same the next. Don't worry about it.
Wake up the next day, smile, breathe in the energized color, say thank you, and carry on.