Raise your hand if you are guilty of this: you wake up, and before you have even opened both of your eyes you immediately reach for your phone.
Guilty. As. Charged.
I sleep with my phone right next to my bed. When I used it as an alarm clock, it sorta made sense. But now I wake up
when I want to when my body naturally forces me out of my slumber some time around 6:00 am, so there is really no reason for it to be there. And because it’s there, of course the first thing I done when I wake up is start checking my e-mail and the gazillion other alerts for Twitter, Facebook, Etsy, you name it that have popped up overnight.
Honestly, is that necessary?
No, of course not! And talk about a not-so-peaceful start to the morning.
So when this article from the Huffington Post popped up in my Twitter feed the other day: “The Simple Things You Should be Doing Every Morning (But Aren’t),” I was intrigued. The first thing that hit me was I should’t be reaching for my phone first thing.
Instead of starting the day hitting the ground running as is my usual routine, immediately thinking of everything I have to do that day, I have decided to try out out some of the tips from the article mixed with some of my own things to both ease myself into the day and to carve out a little bit of time for myself during the day.
1. Charge my phone overnight in a different room
Image credit: photo by alachia on Flickr
Just about every form of social media I use regularly has alerts set up, so that my phone is constantly beeping or buzzing and blinking. Even if I have my phone on vibrate, as I try to make a habit of in the evening, I know when someone has Tweeted at me, responded to something on Facebook, followed me on Etsy, you name it. Um, talk about distracting, especially as my body is trying to unwind and drift off to sleepy land. For the next week I pledge to charge my phone in a different room so that I am not tempted at 3:00 in the morning to check who decided to follow me.
2. Stretch when I wake up
I blame it on the pregnancy, but I have been super achey when I wake up in the morning. For the first ten or so minutes that I’m awake I walk around as if I have aged about 40 years. I know I need to stretch more, both to help my body readjust in the morning as well as to prepare for giving birth, but once my day gets started it’s hard to squeeze that in. I vow to spend at least a few minutes stretching as soon as I get out of bed.
3. Journal every morning before I open the computer
This is something I have been doing inconsistently since reading The Artist’s Way for Parents but I want to get into the habit of doing more regularly. I have only kept a journal successfully in my life three times (the last time was when I studied abroad 10 years ago), but I have found it is really helpful to get my thoughts down on paper (and have even referenced it later for writing some blog posts). Plus I spend so much time typing, it’s good to keep my fingers in the habit of using a pen.
4. Spend 15 minutes knitting
I started knitting a sweater for the babe a couple weeks ago, but have found little time to actually work on it. I am determined to finish it before she comes, but again it’s so easy to let the minutia of everyday life get in the way of just sitting down and doing something fun for 15 minutes.
5. Work on relaxation & visualization techniques
Ok, I’m probably going to come off as sounding like a super-hippy here, but last week Sam and I started taking a HypnoBirthing class (which is actually a really popular class our hospital offers for expectant parents). Overall I tend to be a very tense person, and I think giving birth is often portrayed as a experience of which we should be fearful. I am working on relaxing, through the breathing and visualization techniques we are learning in the class, which I think will hope me both during the birthing process, but as well as in my everyday life. But again, I often let the things I “need” to get done (like writing this blog post, ironically!) take precedence over things I should and want to be doing that are just for me. So I vow to spend a little bit of time every day working on the techniques, even if it means getting one less thing crossed off my to-do list.
I’ll let you know next week to see how I did!
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