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Magic of Morning Routines

Thriving in menopause – part 1 of Self-Care Series

 

It is that time of day when the house is still quiet, when you are the only one awake. This magic time is the hour you can steal for only yourself from your still sleeping family, before they take over your silence with loud demands. This is the time to introduce a new morning routine.

Most of my friends with partners and families cherish this part of their mornings, describing it as their special time for slowly waking up with a hot cup of coffee or tea.

They depict the rest of their day as a battle-ground with struggles to deal with menopause and all their other obligations.

My dear friends discovered that, while the house is still, they can find more energy and balance in new habits they can introduce slowly.

There are so many things that you can do in those sacred moments for yourself. Here are just a few:

  1. Meditate
  2. Do breathing exercises
  3. Journal
  4. Write
  5. Exercise
  6. Plan your day
  7. Walk
  8. Revisit your goals
  9. Read
  10. Listen to a podcast

The secret to all of this is that it only takes 10 or 15 minutes every morning to do one or two of the suggested options. The hour that you would typically spend sipping your coffee while looking at a spot on the wall trying to become human and fully awake, can become the spark for a better and healthier life.

So many highly successful people have a morning routine. Wouldn’t it be unwise not to try it ourselves? Right? Science has proved that the brain loves routines. By installing a few good habits into your morning, you can set yourself up for a better day.

 

Don’t start your day with the news

Try not to start your day with the news. Of course, we want to be informed about what is happening around us and in the world, but the news is most often filled with everything that is wrong with the world. Please don’t start your mornings with the news!

Let the first thing you fill your mind with at the start of the day be something helpful and beneficial to your state of mind and overall attitude. Even going over your to-do list and revisiting your priorities are better than the news first thing in the day.

Be more realistic about what you can accomplish in one day. That sets you up for a win rather than a failure. We, women, often overestimate what we can do in the space of one day. Be kind to yourself instead.

 

Introduce new habits into your morning

Ten minutes of meditation or breathing exercises can improve anxiety. It helps you to feel more centered.

A walk of just a 15-minutes will get your blood pumping. Your body will be grateful.

Reading, writing, and revisiting your goals may open your eyes to where you want to go in the future. Menopause is a phase in life where many women find a new “True North.” Why don’t explore what you really care about?

If you don’t get up before the household, it may be an idea to try and change this habit. Create that space and devote it to yourself. Getting up just one hour earlier is such a vital self-care practice.

That morning routine is an investment into a better, healthier future.

 

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