How Five Minutes in The Morning Changes My Day

 

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I never thought that five minutes – five measly little minutes – could make such a huge impact on my day, but I promise you, it has…

I have to admit that I had a much easier time keeping calm and relaxed while I was working from home. Now that I’ve gone back to working a half-day office job while still freelancing in the afternoons, I know that I need to keep the stress and anxiety away as much as possible. Otherwise I’m just going to land up back where I was a few years ago.

And that’s NOT a place I want to be at ever again. Ever.

Being an introvert and having struggled with shyness all my life, I’ve always panicked and gotten anxious over SO many stupid things…small things, big things, things that didn’t even affect me.

I also have a nasty habit of putting myself down, and I spoke about this during one chapter in my book. It’s amazing how easily we put ourselves down without even knowing what we’re doing! Going to work with that mentality is a recipe for disaster.

It’s a challenge trying to get out of that pattern after stressing about stupid things for so long and constantly putting myself down, but I’m positive it’s going to be like second nature soon…I can already feel the difference.

Have you ever heard about the law of attraction, or how positive things are attracted to positive people? Well, it’s true. At least most of the time.Β So this is what I do in five minutes before I leave for work in the mornings, and believe me it makes one hell of a difference.

The five minute pick-me-up morning ritual

  1. Wake up. Count one thing I am grateful for. Stretch arms and legs in bed. Flex fingers.
  2. Splash my face with water. Look in the mirror. Tell myself that I will have a good day. That it’s good to be alive. Say one positive thing about myself. (I know…this sounds SO lame, but honestly, it works). Squash any negative thoughts about myself – flat.
  3. Do a couple of stretches and yoga moves on a Β mat (you can use a towel too).
  4. Breathe in for 7 counts through my nose and breathe out 7 counts through my mouth while sitting with my eyes closed. Do this a few times until I feel calm.
  5. Play an upbeat song.

That’s how I start my day. Sounds easy enough, doesn’t it?

I’ll tell you I’m a lot less anxious driving (nervous driver), I get to work not dreading the day ahead, and I actually start the day off in a good mood. Maybe I’m just more prone to stress or anxiety than most people, but at least now I know how to deal with it.

Breathing and stretching have become my new best friends. Even if I find myself getting a little nervous for something that’s going to happen the next day or coming up, I just haul out my mat and take five minutes. Works like a bomb.

What about you, do you have any morning rituals?

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18 Replies to “How Five Minutes in The Morning Changes My Day”

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  2. I so agree. I am going to try the stretching tomorrow!

    1. Melanie Chisnall says: Reply

      Yay! Did you try it, what did you think?

  3. I super love this…specially the 7 counts of breathing in and out. I have a fast track life and everyday is a jetspeed for me, always rushing, often anxious. Since last month though, I tried lifting up my day by listening to this music: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZoG-r34LokE. Thanks to fellow hubber Cat Premo, I found this song from one of her hubs.

    I have it on itune. I listen to it while fixing myself after shower everyday and in the car while driving. As a promise to myself to live in the moment, this is song is my daily reminder.

    Cheers Melanie and here’s sending you some love from the sky.

    CrisSp~
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    1. Melanie Chisnall says: Reply

      Hi CrisSp! So good to see you here. πŸ™‚ I’ve been MIA over at HubPages for a while. Great to see you’re still going strong over there. I’m going to go check out that YouTube clip right now, thanks!! x

  4. I have a very strict regime in the morning. I brush my teeth, make a K cup coffee and take my iPad out in the gazebo. I watch the wild life and read important things (such as this:) lmao. But seriously – every single morning in that order and if things mess it up…screws up my whole day!

    1. Melanie Chisnall says: Reply

      Hehe, Kelly I am honoured you read my blog over your cup of coffee! Lol. πŸ˜‰ I’d sit outside with a cup if I had your backyard view as well…just gorgeous.

  5. I love this! 5 minutes is so doable, and this is a great combo of mental and physical exercise to start the day! I’ll be sharing this…. πŸ™‚
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    1. Melanie Chisnall says: Reply

      Thank you Sarah! πŸ™‚ It’s no cardio blast or anything, but just enough to stretch the muscles and get into that right frame of mind.

  6. I’ll have to try this. Usually my day begins by jumping out of bed to let out my 2 dogs that are dying to to relieve themselves, getting the coffee going, making lunches, getting the boys and hubby up for work ….. Time to give myself five minutes πŸ™‚
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    1. Look at that…she’s taking care of everyone the second she gets out of the bed…I love Susan!

    2. Melanie Chisnall says: Reply

      You sound like my mom, Susan! Lol. Being a mom isn’t easy, I’m sure – well, from what I’ve seen, but you can squeeze in 5 minutes…doooo it! πŸ˜‰

  7. Mornings are usually hectic preparing bfast and sending my kid to school but later on I also practice breathing exercises to start my day on a positive note.

    Hope you are enjoying your job, Melanie πŸ™‚
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    1. Melanie Chisnall says: Reply

      Those exercises are one of the best parts of my day, so I know exactly what you mean about starting the day on a positive note by breathing, Ruchira! πŸ™‚

  8. I like this start to your day. I’ll have to try it. I love meditating, but what’s so hard is that I feel totally weird when my hubby’s home and I’m trying to sit in another room while he’s about the house. LOL…this makes it easy to get a little bit of relaxation and deep breathing in…love it! What a great idea. πŸ™‚

    1. Melanie Chisnall says: Reply

      Haha!! I know what you mean. My hubby is also in the next room and it feels VERY weird. I just close the door and put on some light music and pretend he’s not there! I’ve gotten used to it now. And it’s just 5 minutes in the morning, and I try and do it before going to bed as well. So far so good! πŸ™‚

  9. Wonderful way to start your day and I do the same minus the song, but may add that in, because sounds wonderful!! Thanks for sharing with us!! πŸ™‚
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    1. Melanie Chisnall says: Reply

      It makes a huge difference, hey? Can’t imagine leaving without those 5 minutes these days, lol! πŸ™‚

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