In my previous post I discussed how to keep from getting discouraged in the face of your book not becoming the Next Big Seller overnight. A Yoga magazine I subscribed to once had an article about ways to wake up and ways to sleep better. The first suggesting was to get up before the sun. There are some mixed reviews about getting up early but the majority of sources (Google) say overall waking up early makes a person more productive. Forbes’ website has a quick article/slideshow about the 10 benefits rising early (being a “morning person”) has on success. Link to the article here: http://bit.ly/2A9Gt7t
So get up early. Today for example I got up at 4:30 am. I did my morning routine (which I will get to in a moment) and did about 15 minutes of yoga/stretching before walking 15 minutes on my treadmill.
After my treadmill I opened the living room blinds, lit my candle for the day (part of my belief system) and made coffee. I have since been on my Facebook catching up with the latest news and sharing stories, doing the same on Twitter and now am writing this post.
Soon I will eat breakfast, clean my kitchen, gather up laundry and finish edits to my story. All of this before noon.
In connecting back to my previous post, getting started on a day, feeling productive, is probably the best way to beat discouragement. Also morning time before anyone else is up, my roommate is currently still asleep, gives you quiet time to reflect on what needs to be done for the day and perhaps long term goals.
Now that you are up, how do you stay awake? Exercise is a good start, but not the only way. The same Yoga magazine article I mentioned earlier suggested other things to do, which will not only wake you up but have other important health benefits.
My Morning Routine: Scrape your tongue first thing before drinking water or eating. Scraping your tongue gets rid of nasty germs from the day before, the added benefit being it helps reduce plaque over time and helps your breath smell better. This works much better than alcohol based mouth washes.
Use a Neti Pot. It does not matter if you use a ceramic Neti Pot (which is what I have) or one of the plastic blue ones from Wal-Mart. Non-iodine salt and warm water, not too hot or it will burn, not too much salt for the same reason. The added benefit of the Neti Pot is the washing away of pollen, dust and other allergens in your nose and sinuses. My Primary Care Physician recently had me start on Flonase. I use the Neti Pot before using the Flonase and in my opinion has made the Flonase more effective.
Wash your face and follow it with a toner and moisturizer if you prefer. This one is a pretty well universally accepted idea. Even if you chose not to get up early, washing your face will help wake you up. As for toner, I personally use a mixture of Witch Hazel and Apple Cider Vinegar sometimes with added essential oils. However, if you have sensitive skin you may want to use something less astringent. Also I do not use moisturizer as it makes my face feel oily, blocked, and mask like.
This is my morning routine before I even do my yoga/stretching or get on the treadmill. The a couple of other suggestions from the article include drinking warm lemon water, which helps get the digestion system going, and if you take a shower in the morning, using a sesame based body oil to give yourself a massage after.
Simply having a Morning Routine, even if you don’t rise early, helps set the tone for the day. It gives you a sense of accomplishment right out of the gate (or in this case bed).
The main thing is to keep moving forward and using the tools and advice that work best for you to help believe in yourself, boost your confidence. Discouragement can’t get to you if you are making strides to improve you life overall and can tangibly see and feel your productivity.
Have a good morning and enjoy your coffee or tea.