“How long are you going to wait before you demand the best for yourself?” — Epictetus
How we start our day denotes how the rest of the day will go. It doesn’t matter what time you get up, truly, despite all the advice floating around about getting up at 4am, 5am, etc. You need a reasonable amount of sleep people. So if you are a night owl, and are not getting to sleep until 2 am, don’t get up at 5am unless you absolutely must!
- Eat Breakfast!
This is truly the most important meal of the day. It gives us the energy we need in order to sustain our brains for whatever we have in store for the day. And I don’t mean grab a donut or a danish. Please nourish your body with something healthy.
- Practice mindfulness/meditation/journaling
Spend some time with yourself, in some form, each morning. Whether it’s all 3, or even just one of these items, you will find that you perform your day’s work better if you get into a habit of doing them. We all need time with ourselves, to be still, quiet, and thoughtful.
- Spend 30–60 minutes reading
And honestly, it would be best if it’s not fluff! Learn something new, take in philosophy, something heavy. The old adage, if you don’t use it you lose it is quite true. Just because you may no longer be in school, does not mean you should not always be learning. The more we learn, the more we grow as humans. And, the better we are able to do in our lives, relationship wise, and in our daily lives, otherwise.
These things may seem simplistic, and to an extent, they are. But not everyone takes the time to do them. At most, you would spend two hours on yourself each morning accomplishing them. Isn’t your health and well-being worth that? A marked decrease in anxiety, worry, and negative thoughts; an increase in your knowledge and productivity?
I would call that all life changing.