“Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise”
Ben Franklin (my dad agrees whole heartedly)
I’ve teamed up with Free Office Finder for the #EarlybirdChallenge and as you’ve probably guessed it involves getting up at silly o’clock with the aim of becoming healthier, happier and more productive.
Now as any new parent would tell you it’s inevitable that your nights are never the same once the new kid in town arrives. In my first two months of being a mum the days and nights rolled into one and I would listen out for the bird song signalling dawn whilst feeding my son every two hours in my sleepy state. By some of grace of God for the last 5 months I have a son who sleeps 10-12 hours a night BUT rarely naps in the day. I shouldn’t moan about it or should I?
I love a good sleep and while I’m on maternity leave I wake up around 6am and try and get a few things done before the Jay bird awakes. I do flick into auto pilot mode pottering about doing the same things that is until recently. This challenge has made me think about what I could do to make more of my day and changing the routine a little.
Mr M suggested going for a walk on Box Hill in Surrey. We dropped off Jay at the Surbiton Grandparents nursery and then headed to our destination. It felt like a decent workout to start the day moving joints, muscles and bones with a blast of endorphins thrown in. Breathing fresh air outdoors really helped awaken the body opening the senses. Enjoying the morning silence felt good very peaceful and calming.
Following on from a mind refreshing walk I did a few other things to transform my days in the week ahead.
- Drank a glass of warm lemon water in the morning first thing to help prepare the digestive system for the day.
- Opened more windows than usual which can be tricky when it’s really cold but refreshing the air in rooms felt good .
- Did a stretching routine to awaken muscles before getting out of bed. If you try this modify a workout to your own abilities until you find one that resonates with you.
- Listened to uplifting music I played a different track each morning e.g. “Beautiful Day” by U2 adjusting the music for the type of day, whether you need something that gets you pumped for an action-packed day, or something more soothing so you can handle a stressful day.
- Made a green smoothie using coconut water, kale, avocado, and spinach using my Nutribullet. Smoothies provide a powerful boost of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other nutrients without bogging down your digestive system. The NutriBlasts haven’t quite replaced my morning coffee ritual yet but I’m sure I can work on it.
- Meditated for a few minutes to try and clear the mind. Just sitting and listening to the silence was enough for me.
- Wrote out my Top 3 for the day listing the three things that I really wanted to get done in the day and above all else, made sure they were done.
- Imagined waking up in another Country, remembering the sights, sounds and smells. I think back to waking up in Mauritius on my honeymoon and hearing the waves break at the shore. Our hotel room had frangipani flowers I will never forget the beautiful smell that surrounded me. Next stop Bora Bora Tahiti!
I have this past week experienced greater alertness, energy and dramatically reduced anxiety.
We face 25,000 mornings in our adult lives, are you making the most of yours?
Thanks for reading
*This post was written as part of the Earlybird challenge with all opinions being my own. For more information Twitter (@officefinders).