Rise and…

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“Start every day off with a smile and get it over with.”- W.C. Fields

There are some days when I just don’t want to get out of bed when the alarm goes off. I make an excuse that I’m just not a morning person and I roll over for a few more minutes of shut-eye. When it is time to finally get up, however, I find myself racing around the house trying to get everything done on time. On these days, I’m usually out of sorts for at least the first few hours of the day.

There are other days, however, when my alarm goes off and I take a moment to breathe instead of going back to sleep. I pray, meditate, or stretch, and then I get out of bed and start my day. On these days, it’s a lot easier to tackle the morning. I feel more centered, more alert, and less like I am stumbling through my day.

Of course, every moment is a chance to make a decision that will enhance our lives, but the way we start our day usually sets the stage for the hours that follow. If you talk to successful people, most of them have a daily routine. This routine will vary depending on who you talk to, but there is something that they do to get themselves into a proper mindset.

What can we do to start our day? Prayer is one way- if you don’t pray, you can just express aloud your gratitude for everything you have in life. You could meditate, simply breathing deeply or listening to one of the many wonderful meditation guides on the internet. You can also wake up and stretch, slowly acclimating yourself to your morning. Exercise is another excellent addition to a morning routine. Eating a good diet, drinking water, and going to sleep at a reasonable time each day will help with your morning routine as well.

There are many routines that can help us get our day started on a positive note. What’s yours?

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