What is the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning? Do you have a routine? Or do you fly out of bed when the alarm clock goes off and never stop running until you fall into bed at night? 

How we start our day determines, most of the time how our day will go. In making a routine to start off your day, you allow your mind and body to work into what will become the rest of the day.

For me, I prepare my lunch for the next day, the night before. This allows me to save 20 minutes of time in the morning knowing that task is already completed. My alarm clock goes off at 5:00 am, or sometimes a cat will pat and purr at me around 4:45.  After I feed them, I go into my office and I sit and start my stretches and make mental lists at first. 

Then I write down everything that comes to mind of what needs to be done that day as well as any gratitude that I want to share throughout the day. I write down what I am personally grateful for and my main gratefulness is always that I woke up. Setting myself up for success first thing in the morning allows me to go about my day with a little bit of a lighter step.

Agreed, there will be times when things will interrupt our daily processes; could be children, family, emergencies, etc. But we do need to practice how we can adjust.  I know a lot of people who do not have a set way of how they start their morning, and it creates a hectic day for them until they go to bed that same night. Why must we do that to ourselves!

If you have no idea what you do first thing in the morning and feel you have no control over what happens daily, stop and breathe. Take a few minutes right now to think about how you may change one or two things to help with your current routine or start a new one and lower your stress level. It can be done.

If you need help and are ready to discuss how you can change your morning routine and your habits to start your day off fresh, visit my website www.kimjarvisco.com or email coachingwithkimj@gmail.com to set up a time to discuss how you may be able to create some life changes that could change the way you look at each day.

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