It’s starts with kindness. Seriously. The most important thing you can do for yourself to start your day off right is to be kind to yourself. When you wake up, take the time to check in with yourself. Do you feel rested? Does your body ache? Are you anxious? Or looking forward to the day?
Challenge: Create a little pocket of space in the morning that’s just for you. Simply acknowledge how you feel, without judging it.
Before you check in with the rest of the world via phones, computers, etc. can you take care of your needs? Do you need to stretch, take a hot shower, eat something nourishing, listen to an uplifting or energizing song, lay with yourself for a minute? Allow yourself to be extra kind to the most important person in your life: you.
You deserve kindness. First thing in the morning, and throughout your day.
Practicing giving yourself kindness is so important because when you can rely on yourself for kindness, you don’t have to worry so much about whether or not other people will show you kindness.
When you start your day off with kindness (perhaps a little at first, and in increasingly bigger doses over time), you create space for the rest of the day to unfold without overwhelming your mind and body. Have you noticed that when you’re feeling grounded, centered, and excited about life, changes and upsets don’t affect you as much? What if you could live this way more consistently? Practicing kindness can lead you in this direction.
So, how does this work in a practical, real-world way? It’s different for every person.
Make a list of things that make you feel loved and cared for (a hug, kind words, time to rest, good food, breathing fresh air, moving your body, etc.). Then, think about how you could fit one or two of these into your morning routine in a practical, sustainable way.
Ask for a hug, give one to yourself, wrap yourself in a comfy blanket, or take a hot shower. Write down, or say out loud, some kind and loving words to yourself. Ask your partner, friend or family member to tell you or email you some kind and loving words. Lie in bed for a few extra minutes, even if it means setting your alarm a few minutes early. Lie in bed for a just a few minutes before you leave for work. Cook a nourishing meal, or have one prepared from the night before. Take some deep breaths inside or outside (if you’re lucky enough to be in a warm climate!). Do a brief meditation. Stretch. Practice yoga. Take a quick walk. Add in a simple strength training routine. Dance around while you’re making breakfast or while you’re getting dressed.
It doesn’t really matter what you do, or how long you do it for as long as you are doing something that makes you feel loved.
Commit to adding 1-2 morning Acts of Kindness to Yourself for one week and see if you notice a difference!