I am a total morning person.
In fact, I am so obsessed with the morning that I get sort of salty if someone in my house wakes up and interrupts my sunrise hour of personal power.
But seriously, those first moments are so crucial for creating the kind of day WORTH waking up for.
Now if you are thinking I’m insane, I get it. Uber-judgy-lawyer-Bridget (AKA me 10 years ago) probably would have called me insane too.
But that’s because she didn’t do these three simple things before checking email, scrolling Instagram or even sipping coffee.
And these three things need to be non-negotiables for AM bliss. So here they are!
Do nothing. Just BE.
When I first wake up in the morning I resist the urge to dive into my to-dos. I purposefully hit snooze on my alarm and invest in eight minutes of pure presence. I stretch. I breathe. I wiggle my fingers and toes, just like I always do when my yoga teachers gently coax me out of savasana. I squeeze my knees into my chest and give myself a big bear hug.
After giving myself a squeeze, I make a list of the people, places and things I’m grateful for. If you ever draw a blank, just say thanks for rainbows, puppies and the undisputable fact that we are living, breathing beings with another shot at living up this thing called life.
Make a list of what you GET to do (not what you HAVE to do).
This one is probably the most important. I’m totally and completely guilty of filling up notebooks with long lists of mundane musts, which riddle me with anxiety unless and until everything is checked off. Please, please, please do not start your morning with what you have to do. Start it with what you GET to do. Yoga classes, coffee dates, long showers, breezy runs, deep talks, kick ass presentations, happy hours. All the things that make you feel refreshed, renewed, reinvigorated and reconnected. List THOSE things before you even get out of bed. I promise the notebook will be waiting for all the other stuff (if you need it).
Bridget is a mom, a yoga teacher, a former lawyer, a writer, a moderately decent cook, a really good baker, a seeker of fantastic coffee and a firm believer in the power of positive thinking. Bridget became all those things around the same time and credits the whole “former lawyer” thing as the impetus for most of the fun stuff she gets to do on a daily basis now. That, and her husband Joe’s complete willingness to support her spontaneity with a smile. Bridget was born and raised in New Jersey and cannot imagine calling anywhere else “home.” She loves the entire NJ yoga community with lioness-like ferocity and cannot wait to show the world just what NJ yogis are up to – because it is crazy amazing stuff.[/box]
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