Monday, January 2, 2012

In With the New Post #2

Habit #1 had to do with brain function and brain chatter. Habit #2 has to do with how you set yourself up for success or failure on a daily basis based on your morning habits.

What do you do when you get up in the morning? Are you awakened in the midst of chaos? Do you rush yourself and family into a frenzy? Do you yell and scream at yourself or your family first thing? What about the media you pay attention to first thing? Are you turning on the news and facing death and destruction first thing in the morning? What about breakfast? What breakfast? Now consider how that sets you up for the rest of your day. Do you feel harried? Rushed? Anxious? Angry? Nervous? If you are starting your day this way, your are setting yourself up for this kind of day.

I'm not asking for a big time commitment here, but consider this kind of morning. Wake up a little bit before your children if you have them at home. If not, make sure you are getting up in time for a little bit of ease in your schedule. Do not turn on the news first thing. That can wait at least 15 minutes while you set yourself up for a successful day. Consider one or more of these early morning habits instead:

-a brisk walk
-some sun salutations (you can find these on my youtube site,
-read a chapter of the Bible
-meditate or lie in savasana pose and quiet the mind for a few minutes.

It only takes a few minutes to reset your mind to a more positive place. Then, make a healthy, hearty breakfast of eggs and toast or oats with fruit and cinnamon. Enjoy it with tea or coffee and plenty of water.

Ahhh.. How's that? Try it. Journal your results in relation to the rest of your day. Do you feel a little different for the rest of the day? Does it carry over in to your work place? Your relationships? Your family ties? If you have a story for me, feel free to share.


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