5 surefire day starters


This is one of the earliest posts to have appeared on MUMBAI MOM. Yet, much of what we had suggested then still holds true! Morning routines and rituals still define the pace of the day. A day well begun eventually turns out to be a day well spent! What are your morning rituals like?

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)

recite-32177-487065702-17p1dguI 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.


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    • Thank you Swapna. Exercise – sigh! That nasty nasty thing that gets our goat each time. I have very rarely, if ever managed to exercise in the evening. I just work myself up into a froth think about ways not to do it! Best done in the morning :/

  1. Liked your blog design, orange is vibrant 🙂 After brush, i lazily read newspaper and facebook updates, then i drink lots of water and then milk/ coffee after sometime. Then watering plants, waking up my kid with lovely hugs and kisses 🙂

    • Thanks Mahathi. I know – orange right? The new black, if american TV is to be believed 😉 Given a choice, first thing in the morning I’d just hit the snooze button and go on scrolling down FB too!! Trying to break that habit though.That – and the chai habit. But baby steps, haan ..baby steps 🙂
      Thanks for dropping by. Cheers !

  2. I’m a first timer here, & i absolutely loved your (cheeky, witty) style of writing & your blog design 🙂 I loved idea no.1 (it always works in my case)…but with a super-active toddler by my side, most of the other ideas that you have suggested go for a toss 🙁 But right now we are super excited to do yoga together long with squats & some push-ups! Yes, my 21 month old absolutely loves to join me in my quickie workout session 🙂

    • Amu – welcome and thanks! Yoga is great, isn’t it 🙂 I love the days when I can do uninterrupted yoga – I feel so alive then! Squats and push-ups? Wow! That’s a whole different league for me. I feel your pain in the toddler department – I have a 13 month old monkey (though they are so cute no, they can be forgiven for being perpetual interrupters) and oh, I have a 7 year old who acts like she’s 17. Wine – I tell you – some days I just feel like waking up to wine 😉 (Kidding – mint toothpaste it is).
      Thanks again Amu for your comment and for dropping by. Have a great day.

  3. Nice one Nidhi! Brushing for me too is the first, then having some warm water with lemon/honey. Then if possible, exercise or if my daughter is up, then it gets pushed to after she leaves for school. My morning tea usually comes after that. I love your # 2 though. 🙂


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