It’s a Monday morning. The alarm goes off, you make a coffee, hop in the shower, get ready for work and head out the door. Maybe your car is covered in snow, maybe the bus is late, maybe it’s pouring rain. Whatever the case, you’re running behind and you’re irritated. You just wish you could go back home, take off your annoying work clothes and get into bed.
My mornings used to look like this- but not today.
I woke up around 6AM and relaxed for a few minutes. I turned on some music, made my coffee and got in the shower. I enjoyed the sunrise, meditated and enjoyed some morning reading.
I soaked in the moments. I gave myself time. Above all, I enjoyed my morning.
Starting the day off on the right foot is the first step to living in a peaceful state. It sets the mood and begins to create healthier habits, too. Morning rituals have been imperative to my overall happiness, productivity and serenity.
Meditation has also helped me immensely through my journey to become more mindful- I have tried a few different apps, Calm being my favorite (I enjoy “7 Days of Calm,” “Body Scan” and the”Loving-Kindness” meditations).
I also started to wonder what the benefit of rushing is. I certainly perform better at work when I am calm, balanced, and in a positive mood. Sure, it can make sense logistically to hurry when you’re running behind- but is it worth it? When I was late on Friday, the entire “false crisis” of a late bus was easily remedied by informing my boss of the MBTA delay- not reacting to the situation through a temper tantrum or anxiety attack.
Every day depends on your attitude- whether you want to live in a rush or a peaceful state. When you’re aware of your surroundings and you enjoy the moment, you’ll be surprised at how pleasant your day can be.