A new day is here.
I have always been a notorious night person and rarely see anything good about the morning. I’m usually incoherent and have nothing to say to anyone until the afternoon sun is high above me. So for me to even be UP is an accomplishment.
Lately, I’ve been up so early that I’ve been able to see the sunrise most days. In those few minutes as I watch the first sun come up, it is then that I feel the most hopeful, wearing my positive face and, dare I say it, smiling at that moment.
It’s not easy to get up early but I’m starting to feel more productive in most aspects. I get up and try to pick up the clutter from throughout the house, make myself some breakfast, and, if I need to travel, I’ve made a very conscious effort to take a train versus driving. Love it! Especially when the train goes by the thousands of cars bumper-to-bumper on the roadways happy not be all up in that mess. More than anything, I want to travel smarter, not harder. Once on the train, listening to music, writing, going thru work assignments, catching up on the morning news, and sleeping are the order of the morning, depending on the day. More than that, my mind is freer to think about what’s going to happen during the day. By the time I arrive, I’m usually much more alert for meetings and I get thru my “to do” list that much faster.
I love that “new day” feeling and have decided to challenge myself to keep this vibe going throughout the day. I haven’t yet mastered it but I like that this goal is moving to front and center in my mind. Here are a couple of tips I’ve found work for me in the mornings:
Take It Slow In The Mornings: I find that when I ease into my day versus all of the drama and rushing around, that I am able to maintain that “new day” feeling for a little longer. I’m calm, open-minded, and ready to work it. Henrik Edberg gives insight on “How To Stay Positive: 11 Smart Habits” (The Positivity Blog. https://www.positivityblog.com/how-to-stay-positive/): “So be careful about how you spend your mornings. If you get going at full speed, lost in future troubles in your mind then the stress, perceived loss of power of over your life and negative thoughts will ramp up quickly.”
Stay present and mindful as you move through your day: “When you spend your time in the present moment then it becomes so much easier to access positive emotions and to stay practical about what you can actually do about something in your life. When you get lost in the past or future, your worries become very big very quickly. And failures and mistakes from the past being replayed over and over in your mind drag you down into pessimism. By moving slowly through your morning and hopefully through much of the rest of your day it becomes easier to stay in the moment you are in.” (The Positivity Blog. https://www.positivityblog.com/how-to-stay-positive/)
Sounds like moving slow in the morning is actually a good thing. And for someone like me, who runs hard, moves fast, worries, and says una que otra pendejada at the wrong time, moving slow is just what the doctor ordered, and to do what Mama a-l-w-a-y-s told me, “sloooow down“.