Mornings have long been by nemesis. We’ve never gotten along. I’ve always preferred to sleep in, cozy in my bed, letting my dreams run their course. But lately, there have been a number of factors which are slowly convincing me that mornings are not so bad.
Necessity for one. I no longer work night shift work, which perpetuated my love for sleeping into the late morning hours and sometimes early afternoons. (Oh, those were the days.) My job requires me out of bed at the very latest 7:30. Not so bad, I know. So, there’s that.
Two. Two I like much better. It involves sitting on my deck for a few moments each morning, still in PJs, caching the first day’s sun rays warming my skin. This part of the morning I have come to very much enjoy and look forward to. So much, that I’m almost convinced to rise earlier to catch more of it. Almost.
Next is the desire to set a healthy routine. This is one I’m still working on because it means getting up earlier than 7:30 am. In an effort to create a more holistic lifestyle for myself, I’m setting a morning mantra: Oatmeal, Yoga, Reflection. Since mornings are my most promising chance to enjoy the sunlight, I’d like to make the most of it.
Eating oatmeal every morning has been surprisingly easy, I’m a week down. As a a borderline food snob, Oatmeal is definitely not my breakfast of choice. But, it’s high in dietary fibre, low in fat and sugar, and keeps me full longer. My body has been needing a breakfast like that for a long time. Plus, it’s cheap! So for now, I’m sticking to it.
Reflection is still shaping itself. Sometimes it’s a few moments of silence, sometimes it manifests as reading a few improvement or inspirational blogs and articles, and today, I’m trying out writing. I’m keen to see where that goes.
Finally, Yoga. Well, so far, that’s just talk. But I’ve got the space, the resources, and now I’ve got the time. So let’s see if I have the discipline.
Mornings, I’m definitely seeing the potential in you and changing my ways. I’m looking forward to getting to know you better.