I had therapy yesterday and my therapist told me that, in order to overcome my anxiety, I needed to be seizing each day as it comes and concentrate. My mum had said something similar to me the day before.
I’m one of those people who is constantly dreaming, planning and worrying about the future. In fact, I spend so much time worrying about tomorrow, that the beauty of today often passes me by. I never wanted to be that person, but anxiety is a fickle thing and, sometimes, you have to ‘force’ yourself into a healthier routine and way of thinking. I want to be more purposeful and mindful in what I do everyday, and the anxieties I feel. These five things are all things that I do every morning that makes me stop and appreciate my day, and gives me a far better start to the day.
Open your curtains and make your bed
The weather is beautiful where I am at the moment. The sun is shining and there is a light breeze, meaning that it is warm but not too hot. I have taken to opening my curtains and window first thing in the morning, and often sit and watch nature work for a couple of minutes before I get on with my day.
God has given us a beautiful world and, too often, we forget to appreciate it. Forcing myself to stop and enjoy that calmness of the morning, and the way the sun slants into my bedroom and onto my plants, clears my mind and gives me a better mentality for the day.
It is so important to make your bed, especially if you are chronically ill. Even if you get nothing else done in your day, you’ve made your bed and that’s a win.
Every health professional will rave to you about the importance of moving around first thing in the morning. I understand that many people, including me, are not morning people and struggle to move in the morning. I usually do a workout just before my bath, low impact and easy, but a workout nonetheless. Or, if I’m not feeling up to a workout, I like to put on some (as my twin would call them) Jesus jams and I vibe while my bath runs in.
You can go for a walk, or do some stretches. It doesn’t have to be long and difficult, but moving your body will automatically make you feel more awake.
Have a glass of water.
First thing you should do when you get up is drinking some water. I find that water is better for waking me up, and I used to rely on coffee!
Water not only improves metabolism, hair texture, complexion (really I’m surprised it isn’t marketed more), but it is also vital for your immune system. And, if you are chronically ill, anything that improves your immune system is a win.
Make a plan for the day.
I will forever sing the praises of planning your day. It is good to have goals to reach and will also clear your mind before you start your day.
I have a notebook I use to write out my daily goals, but some people prefer bullet journaling or just writing goals on scrap paper. Whatever you prefer to do, planning your day will immediately make you feel more in control. It will also force you to sit down and think about today’s worries and goals, rather than tomorrows.
Spend time with God.
This one is so important. I don’t like to assume people’s religions, but I am Christian and thus spend time in the Bible everyday.
I think that it is really important to spent time with God, because His unwavering strength and peace can be the difference between a good day or a bad day. I usually sit down and read a chapter of whichever book I’m reading, (Daniel at the moment) and then spend some time in prayer.
When I spend time in prayer I like to concentrate on other people, my friends and family members, the world, and people who have hurt me. I find that, concentrating on asking God to bring peace to these people, actually brings me peace.
Your morning is one of the most important parts of your day. It decides whether you have a good day or a bad day, and will also set the tone of worry and health for the day. Worrying about tomorrow will never create a good and peaceful start to your day. We need to be taking each moment as it comes, and we should be stopping to appreciate the world and people around us.
I’m going to leave you with one of my mums’ most quoted bible verses:
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.