So one day I was scrolling through Facebook and one of my friends was posting about how she was waking up an hour earlier everyday so she could start her day right.
I was like “What?!? How does waking up an hour early help you get a better start to the day?!?”
“Doesn’t it just make you more tired, which makes you more grouchy, which is not actually a good way to start your day?”
So after that I didn’t really think too much about. Then I saw a couple other friends were doing the same thing. They were all commenting how much better they felt by having some quiet time before their kiddos woke up. I started getting more intrigued. I found out this idea was coming from the book ‘The Miracle Morning’. So i decided to pick it up to see what it all was about.
Basically ‘The Miracle Morning lays out the ‘SAVERS’. These are the 6 things you should be doing every morning before starting your normal morning routine. They should last about an hour
Silence- Meditation/Prayer- 5 minutes
Visualizations- 5 minutes
Reading- 20 minutes
Scribing- 5 minutes
I thought, sure why not?!? I wasn’t really feeling my best, was stressed out (mom-life can be hard). So I thought what the heck, i’ll give it a try. After reading what I thought was enough to get an idea of what I should be doing I started waking up at the dreaded 5:30 a.m.
I had my notebook all ready that included my reminders on the different components and I started.
How did it go???
At first the meditation was hard (like a lot of people my mind is constantly running). I found it helped if I focused on a couple of phrases like ‘I breathe in calm, I breathe out stress.’ I also went on my YouTube app and typed in Meditation music and tons of stuff came up. I would listen for 5 minutes or so and I felt focusing on the music helped my mind from wandering.
I seriously googled affirmations and then just wrote down a bunch that I thought were good for me. I have changed many of them over time, but once you read a bunch, you will know which ones are good for you.
This is the one I felt like I always had the most difficult time with. I wrote a little cheat sheet of how I would want my life to be. An organized house, feeling healthy, traveling were all things I would see as having
Luckily for me I have a little home gym in my basement where I can escape for 20 minutes to get a quick workout in. When I haven’t been able to do that, i’ll just bring my yoga mat upstairs and do a video on youtube or lift some weight/do some crunches/pushups, etc.
Starting my ‘Miracle Mornings’ has renewed my love for Reading. I made it a point to read at least 10 pages every morning. I was drawn to self-help books, but also have read a lot on tidying up, and a few other things I feel like I can improve in my life.
Journaling was something I didn’t really do before, but thought it was helpful in documenting how I was feeling. It was also helpful because I kind of documented my progress and was able to go back over my notes to see how far i’ve come.
Did I Continue???
So I sit here this morning at 6:30 am just finishing up my ‘Miracle Morning’. I continue to wake up at 5:30 most days, though how I use this time changed over the last year or so since I have started. I have found the things that work best for me and it continues to change as I change.
What Does My Morning Look Like Now
- My morning starts with a 5 minute meditation (still listening to YouTube). I really do find this quiets my mind and a once dreaded part I now look forward to. I also now incorporate it into other parts of my day if I am starting to feel stressed.
- Then I write down 10 things I am grateful for. When I started they were usually very broad- my kids, my house, etc. Now I try to look for little moments or things each day. I am a Rachel Hollis fan, and she recommends this because when you are grateful for and aware of wonderful little things in your life you start to notice more and more of them.
- Next I go over my list of affirmations. After reading ‘The Secret’ and some more Rachel Hollis (can you tell I love her) I made sure to list them all as things I currently have/do. I am an exceptional mom, I live an abundant life.
- Reading is now such a more prominent part in my day. I still read for at least 10 pages (sometimes more), and this love of reading has also moved to other times in my day as well.
- Then I work on my blog for at least 20 minutes. I find I do my best writing early in the morning when I am awake so I try to get in as much time writing as I can.
- Workout- If I have time (ie- my kids aren’t awake yet) I workout until they wake up. I have a pretty good routine for working out after work, so if i’m only able to do a few morning workouts a week i’m okay with that.
So all in all, I love my quiet mornings. They have really helped me to find some peace before the craziness of the day begins. When I have time to myself I don’t feel so rushed and feel like I am able to take on my day. I also feel productive starting the day because I have gotten some things done.