When most of us wake up in the morning the first thing we want to think about is drinking a hot cup of coffee. After our first cup reality sets in, our busy day begins. Most of the time, I can’t make it through my first cup without interruptions and distractions due to the fact that I live a “mom’s life”. That’s why I want to encourage you to read the list below, “5 things to do before your first cup of coffee”.
Stretching is a great way to start your day, especially if you’re at a stage in life where “a good nights rest” is few and far between. When we get up our joints can be stiff and our muscles can be sore. A good stretch can make you feel more flexible and motivated.
2. Write down 3 things you want to accomplish that day
This is important. I make myself do it each day. Life is busy and we all have a lot on our plate! My brain never shuts down. The to-do list is never completed and I know that once I drink my first cup of coffee, I’ll be in ‘go-mode’ with an additional 100 things I need to accomplish (you know you do it too). While my mind is as fresh as its going to be that day, I write down 3 things I want to accomplish. Taking on the challenge to complete those 3 things seems a lot less overwhelming then the 100 I will soon come up with. It’s a realistic goal and it helps me stay focused. Let’s not lie to ourselves and try to be a superhero by solving all of the world’s problems in one day, give it up you overachievers!
3. Hug someone you love
Whether it be your kids, your spouse, the cat or a picture of someone you care about, hug someone before you start your day. There are so many wonderful benefits from hugging. To learn more about the health benefits from hugging check out this article about the 10 Reasons Why We Need At Least 8 Hugs During The Day. Hugging is not only beneficial to us, but you can also never go back and get all the hugs you missed. Don’t just make this a goal, make it a priority.
4. Check the weather
I have been called a weather nerd, and yea its probably true but I’m okay with that. Each morning before my feet hit the floor, I check the weather. Once I do that, I know how to dress the kids for the day and what activities we can and cannot do. The next time you realize that checking the weather better prepares you for the day, I want you to look in the mirror and say, ‘I’m a weather nerd and I’m proud of it.
5. Think something positive about yourself
“You is kind, You is smart, You is important”….or maybe you are none of those things. Pick something you like about yourself (change it up each day) and think to yourself, “I’m very….”. We live in a world that feeds on negativity and judges us harshly for our appearance, beliefs, and the choices we make. Today I want you to start on a positive note. If you don’t believe in yourself then why should anyone else? Choose to see something beautiful about yourself and allow yourself to be proud of it.
I hope you can all benefit by giving these suggestions a try. Once you complete all 5 things be sure to reward yourself with a delicious cup of coffee….or two!