I recently learned about Hal Elrod’s book The Miracle Morning when listening to back episodes of The Lively Show. Elrod’s story is amazing, and I’m waiting eagerly for the book to show up at the library, but in the meantime, I wanted to share what makes a great morning for me.
- Non-hurried wake-up: My tendency is to leap out of bed as if the house is on fire, for fear that I’m not going to get up at all otherwise. This tendency is even worse in the winter, when we let our house get quite cold so that we can save on heat. My best mornings, though, are where I wake up energized and can take a few seconds of gratitude and happiness in bed, before I get up, to make sure I am ready for what is coming. It always makes me more measured, even if all I do is plan my outfit for the day.
- Pedal to the metal: I have a set of exercise pedals (like an exercise bike, but it can sit in front of any chair) that I love to use when I first wake up. I also like going on a run, but most mornings I just don’t have the gumption for that much physical activity. Either one of them, though, gets my blood flowing and helps me wake up happy and quickly.
- Vitamins and healthy breakfast: I’ve only recently gotten into my habit of taking a vitamin, but it is now one of the most routine parts of my morning. I also try to get a smoothie, some whole grain toast, or an egg-in-a-basket for breakfast, something small but packed with nutrients. These make me feel so much better than my old habit of scrounging for whatever junky breakfast food I had handy… a very common activity in my life.
- Reading or writing something uplifting: I like to find something interesting to read or a good topic to blog about really early in the morning: not only does it feel like I’ve already accomplished something, but it also helps me set a positive tone for the day rather than just waiting for the first little disappointment or annoyance to throw me off my game.
How do you make your mornings great? When do you start them? I tend to wake at 6, but I’m pushing myself lately to see all I can accomplish by getting up at 5:30.