Sometimes it can seem a struggle for anybody to swing their legs out of bed and take the first steps. Those are the days when we need to nurture ourselves just a little bit more. Here are some tips to help you on days like that, or indeed any day.
1. Get up early. I know, it’s the last thing you want to do, but trust me, if you’re able, then get up nice and early. You will be glad you did.
2. Eat a nutritious breakfast. Make yourself some porridge in a pan, none of these instant oat sachets, we’re looking for a proper wholesome experience. Stir the porridge, watch it become creamy and delicious. Top with fresh fruit and a drizzle of honey. Sit down to eat it savouring the moment and feeling your body thanking you.
3. Get outside. If it’s still nice and early the world will feel quieter and more still than at any other time. Notice the birds flitting about, the raindrops on leaves and flowers, take in the feeling of a new day beginning.
4. If you’ve got a ‘to do’ list choose just one thing to accomplish this morning, and do it now. Put a line through it when it’s done. If you feel like that was easy, choose another, you might be on a roll today and rattle through your list. Or maybe not. Don’t worry about it, let it be for now.
5. Do one random act of kindness. Think of your friends, neighbours, colleagues. Who would love to find a bunch of garden flowers on their step or bar of chocolate in their desk drawer? I guarantee you’ll feel better just doing that.
6. Take fifteen minutes to just be. Sit still. You might meditate, or like me, you might fall asleep, that’s fine too. You’re just recharging your batteries.
7. If you live alone find someone to have a brief conversation with. It doesn’t matter who: the postman, the shop assistant, your neighbour. Just a few minutes will enhance your mood. Engaging with another human is vital for our wellbeing.
8. At bedtime have a quick tidy round, clear the kitchen surfaces. Make it a pleasure to walk into in the morning, rather than a pile of jobs to be done.
9. Go to bed at a good time. Try to give yourself at least 8 hours of sleep. Set an alarm if you need to.
10. Write a journal. Five minutes spent putting your thoughts and feelings, or just a summary of your day down on paper will clear your mind and aid sleep.
I hope you have a wonderful day and if you’ve got any tips please let me know.