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How you start your day makes a difference

From the moment our feet touch the floor we have the choice of going about our day consciously or not. 

It’s easy to go through the motions and let circumstances run us rather than the other way around. But it’s not very satisfying and we never quite get on top of things that way.

Alternatively, we can shape them from the start and go into the day in a good place physically, mentally and emotionally.  Then, even if events don’t unfold the way we we’d like them to, we’re better placed to respond. 

There’s no prescription for creating a great day, and we all have different preferences, but here are a few suggestions:

1. Rehydrate. We’re a bit dehydrated by morning so it works to have a glass or two of water before we hit the tea or coffee. 

2. Move. A walk around the block, a jig around the kitchen or a few stretches will boost your circulation and improve the way your body — and probably your mind — functions. Some of us like to wake up with a session in the gym or a few laps in the pool, but even if you’re not in that category, it works to do something. 

3. Manage your mind. How? That depends on you. You could use your walk around to the block. Or read something uplifting (rather than the latest grizzly headlines?). Or meditate, sit in your garden, get present to what you’re grateful for in your life, write in a journal — or whatever puts you in a relaxed, healthy frame of mind. From there you can get clear on your priorities for the day.

4. Eat well. Ideally you want your breakfast to include protein, good fat and vegies or fruit — good nutrition that leaves you feeling alert and energized.  You can do better than a bowl of processed cereal. 

5. Anything else that works for you. A shower? Great music? Excellent. 

The point is that this part of the day — before the hurly burly starts — is yours and you can be intentional about how you set yourself up. Use it wisely. 

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016 | Rhonda Anderson