My normal morning routine involves turning on the computer and sitting down to answer e-mails before my body even realizes I’m out of bed.
I’ve only recently begun to realize how jarring this must be for my brain — not to mention my soul! One moment I’m blissfully asleep, and the next my alarm is blaring. Then, I’m suddenly staring at a bright screen and forcing my mind to go 100 MPH.
I decided to do things a little different this morning. I turned on the hippie music channel:
I love the names of songs on this channel – "Peace," "Common Threads," "Celtic Ragas," and "Mantra for Mieka." Haha.
In my darkened living room, I did a quick yoga session, including Sun Salutations, Triangle/Warrior, Dog and Cat, and more. I also did 40 push-ups. I followed my 10-minute session with some meditation and visualization. I visualized how calm and efficient my workday was going to be. I thought about all the energy I had inside of me and how much I was looking forward to the day.
I ended with a Namaste. 🙂
I cannot even DESCRIBE how much calmer this change in my routine made me. I’m not even dreading work now!
Following my awesome wake-up call, I made Gingerbread Pancakes.
I used my normal whole wheat pancake mix and added about two tablespoons molasses, 1/2 a tablespoon of cinnamon, 1/2 a tablespoon of ginger, and pinches of nutmeg and cloves. These pancakes smelled like real gingerbread cookies on the stove.
I used a cookie cutter to press out the gingerbread men shapes:
Of course, I ate the edges, too!
Plus, a banana and maple syrup:
Off to work I go!
What parts of your morning routine stress you out and how could you change them?
That is way too cute! I *heart* your breakfast. 😀
One of my most stressful things of the morning—once the school semester starts—is feeling rushed through breakfast, while trying to remember everything. I need to plan this ahead of time, and pack up the night before. Then I could wake up 10-15 minutes earlier and enjoy a more slow-food morning.
Thanks for the reminder…now I just need to actually start doing this! 😀