Last week, we talked about the Morning Mindset, a planner insert I use in the mornings to focus on what’s important. I wanted to start this series with a planner insert because I recognize the benefits of planning. You feel more prepared and ready to tackle tasks. However, it’s equally as important to slow down and do you, especially in the mornings.
Now just because I recognize that it’s importance to slow down and do me, that doesn’t mean I actually do it in the mornings. I’m usually snoozing my alarm to the last possible minute. Then, I’m flustered and rushing to get to or start work as quickly as possible. But the days when I get up early enough to just be still and breathe?! Whew. What a difference it makes in my day.
Slowing down can mean a lot of things. Sometimes, it’s taking an extra few minutes to enjoy the smell of my coffee or to do a few breathing exercises. Other times, it’s treating myself to a dirty chai tea latte. Most times, this means extra cuddles or play time with Timber, who basks in the attention. I love these moments to take time to be present and just breathe.
As wonderful as this sounds, I’d be lying to you if I said I didn’t struggle with choosing this “slow down” time over more “sleep.” (I’m usually not asleep after I snooze the alarm, but it’s nice to just lay in bed and lament.) Lately, I try to motivate myself by remembering how relaxed I feel while slowing down and how I won’t feel as tired after I drink my coffee. Sometimes this works, sometimes it doesn’t. Regardless, I’m trying to be patient with myself by realizing you can’t form a habit over night. Do you struggle with having enough time in the mornings to slow down? Keep trying. We’ll get there eventually!
How do you slow down in the mornings?
UPDATE 10/21/2020: Check out the other posts in The Morning Mentality series here!