Most mornings I wake up drink a cup of coffee or tea and do like most people, browse social media and check the news. It wasn’t until recently that I realized how counterproductive this was to trying to start my day positively.
First off, let’s start with the caffeine. Of course, I already knew it’s bad for me but what I didn’t know was how it was effecting my body’s start for the day. Naturally, our body naturally releases a hormone called cortisol throughout our day. In the morning, it wakes us up and makes us feel alert.
Also, when the body is stressed, our cortisol levels rise. Serotonin levels tend to drop as a result of high cortisol levels too which makes us feel sluggish or dull. Exactly the opposite of what im trying to achieve in the morning!
My new routine has been modified to stay on track to living a positive and stress free life. Here’s what I looks like:
- Pray or meditate to ground myself and decide on a positive affirmation for the day
- Get out of bed & open up my window shades in the house
- Read a chapter in my kindle book or an inspiring article online
- Brush my teeth, and wash my face
- Drink glass of fruit juice or smoothie
My son wakes up around 8-9 most mornings so I still need something to get myself energized for our homeschool day. Orange juice is great for boosting energy so I make sure to include that in my morning drinks. I’ve been keeping this routine for a few days now and it’s not as bad as I thought it would be.
Have you adjusted your morning routine since the New Year? Let us know 🙂
Life can be stressful and demanding. It’s always good to be able to find new creative ways to find happiness. Take some time out for yourself and spend some time relaxing. Here are some ways to get you in a positive place.
- Walk on the beach
- Get a massage or facial
- Listen to your favorite song
- Go swimming
- Read a good book
- Dance in the rain
- Go for a jog or run
- Buy a new outfit
- Plant a garden
- Go to the aquarium or museum
- Take a dance class
- Go ice skating or roller blading
- Have a good cry
- Try a new restaurant or recipe
- Take a self-defense class
- Take a nap
- Plan a vacation
- Do yoga or pilates
- Watch your favorite movie
What other activities would you add to this list? Leave a comment below.
In my opinion, inner strength comes from self-love, wisdom, and purpose. If you don’t believe you can do it, then no one else will. In my life, I’ve had to fight through some of the roughest times mostly by myself; it’s in those times that I’ve felt most powerful. Something dynamic happens when I’m faced with adversity- I like to think I work well under the pressure. My best decisions are made with my gut and intuition. Even though there are times where I feel like I’m weak or helpless, deep down I know that I have the power within me to get through any situation. In most cases, I research the hell out of something until I find a solution -like a true Virgo.
Having faith is also so important to me for my inner strength because it’s my direct connection to God. Too many times, I’ve been faced with circumstances that made me feel like I should give up. Each and every one of those times, I’ve had faith to remind me who I am. God gave us the gift of free will. We may not always have the power in certain situations, but we do have the power in terms of how we respond to them. We all tend to have more control than we give ourselves credit for.
Fear of being unsuccessful, alone, or unhappy can stunt our growth- but it’s all within our power to change. Only in our inner strength can we develop our God-given gifts and create a satisfying and happy life. I encourage anyone who has ever felt this fear to push through and don’t be afraid to find your light. Use your voice. Don’t shy away from being in the light because of fear of the unknown. You have to live your life like there is no tomorrow.
Do what makes you happy. Whatever that may be, make sure it’s in your life daily or as much as possible to fuel you. For me, it’s my family. My husband and son are so important to me that I decided to be a stay-at-home mom. I have other passions and interests, but nothing comes before those two. Everyone is different. It is important to remember that no path is the same. Everyone should live life to the best way they know how.