I wake up to my thyroid meds. Because, without them I am half the woman – or let me put it this way : with them I am half the grouch. Grrrrr…
Hormonal imbalances aside, how many of us ‘hit the ground running’ ? Entrepreneurship is all about self starting, but the problem arises when one needs to self start every damned day, day in and day out. Thus and therefore I am forever looking up for new tricks to kick ass. Mainly kick my ass out of bed and off to work with hopefully a whistle on my lips, and a swing on my hips!
Here are my top 5 surefire day starters :
1. Brush your teeth (5 mins)
Strange but true. Get a mint flavoured toothpaste. That’ll give you the kick. Sometimes I can feel the strong peppermint float right out of my eyes – and boom – I’m awake!
2. Save the best for first (3 mins)
Now this is the one step that requires prior preparation. Before you retire for bed the previous night – keep aside one thing that you want to read/see first thing in the morning. I save acceptance letters from editors to read first thing in the morning (I just mark them as unread on e-mail). I love to relive the kick and the excitement that comes from getting an acceptance. You can keep aside some good news – details of a big order, a super comment on your blog, a surprise love letter from your husband…whatever gives you the goosebumps or nearabouts 🙂
Details of a big order, a super comment on your blog, a surprise love letter from your husband…whatever gives you the goosebumps
3.10 mins of heartbeat up (errr…10 mins)
I am not the get up and jump straight into a pool of cold water league yet. Which is why Step 2 comes before step 3 i.e. Activity. Get your amp up with some yoga/cardio/stretches/whatever-moves-your-boat. Remember the endorphins? Those itsy-bitsy mood enhancers. Yep. Work them out of their slumber.
4. Splash (10 mins)
Once you’ve worked up the sweat, and unless your air-conditioning is down to arctic (like mine is!) – get soaked. A quick wash, and you are smelling nice for the day. Hey – I’m not advocating a dip in essential oils here – just a quick hit of water – enough to wake up and energise the pores. It also gives one the feeling of starting the day on a clean slate (slate here being self – yeah?)
5. Drink up (1,2,3,4,5…mins)
Now (Yes now, and not as soon as you get out of bed) is the time to make a quick cup of tea/coffee/whichever-detox-drink-is-the flavour of the season. Sip on that.
And get down to business.
As you can see, the first five things do not involve, the dreaded to-do list or deep meditation or any such shenanigans. The best bet to get out of bed straight and bright – is to keep it simple. Mine takes 30 mins – give or take a few. The idea is to work out a routine that you can do in your sleep (hopefully while getting out of it).
What is your morning routine like? SPILL.