Start Your Day Well — The Impact is Profound

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Start your day well…

Start your day well and you give yourself a boost that affects everything that follows.

A good beginning makes all the difference.

As Henry David Thoreau once wrote: “An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.”

If you think of the start of your day as the foundation for everything that follows, you can see that finding time to give yourself the gift of a good beginning is well worth the effort that it takes.

And, as with so many wonderful things, it does take effort.

Start your day well — some ideas:

Whether it’s an early morning walk, time spent journaling, a run or a swim, or taking time to meditate, there are lots of ways to energize your day with a self-nurturing start.

As you well know, in our busy world, there are also lots of things that can intrude on these self-care plans.  That’s why discipline and follow-through are so important.  Plans are a good first step, but if they are not implemented they can quickly become dreams.

So, here are three quick tips to help you start your day in an energizing and self-caring way.

1. Do have a plan…

Whether you vary your routine or do pretty much the same thing every morning, be sure to think about it the night before.  Write it down if that helps you follow through.  Visualize yourself getting up and taking the first steps toward your planned activity.

2. Know yourself…

If there are things that you know will knock you off course, avoid them (or plan for them).  For example, I have a friend who easily gets caught up in computer activities to the detriment of other things.  Her plan is to NOT turn on the computer until she has followed through on her plan for the morning.  If you planned a walk and you expect it to be rainy, either have a contingency plan, or lay out your raincoat the night before.  Anticipating and dealing with possible impediments beforehand will help smooth your way in the morning.

3. Appreciate and congratulate yourself.

After you have completed your activity, take some extra time to pat yourself on the back for your effort.  Be direct with yourself, acknowledge any challenges that you overcame in following through on your commitment.  This builds self trust and self awareness.

Each and every piece of this routine will add to the store of energy that you carry forward into your day.  So, here’s a challenge for Time Finder readers: Think about a self-nurturing morning routine that you can put into place for yourself for the month of May.  Maybe you want to enhance something that you already do.  Maybe you want to try something entirely new. Plan for it, starting today. Write it down and track your progress.

Here’s more help…

Do you ever feel like you’re running on empty and there are no gas stations anywhere to be found? That’s what it’s like when you aren’t taking care of yourself. It’s an awful feeling, and one that’s all too familiar for many of us. In fact, if I had to guess, I’d say that finding time for self-care is one of the biggest challenges going. And I’ve created an E-Guide that addresses this challenge and offers you a path to creating your own, rejuvenating self-care routines and rituals. It’s titled “Self-Criticism or Self-Care? How Your Choices Define You, Your Time, and Your Life.”

This E-Guide gets right down to business as it offers questions, insights and exercises aimed at helping you come to a deeper understanding of:

  • What gets in your way when it comes to taking care of yourself.
  • How your capacity for compassion is connected to self-care.
  • The activities that are most nurturing for you, and how to include them in your schedule, EVERY day.

To begin your self-care journey and claim your copy of “Self-Criticism or Self-Care? How Your Choices Define You, Your Time, and Your Life” click below:

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