Every morning when I wake up it hits me. All of the worry and concerns I have fall like a powerful waterfall from the ceiling down into my head and heart. All I want to do is push it all away, but I can’t. I end up starting the day frazzled, continue the day playing catch up, and end the day stressed about all of the things I didn’t finish. After falling asleep with some difficulty it starts all over again when I wake up the next morning. Does this sound familiar?
I knew I had to change in order to have better days because what I was living was unsustainable. So I started taking 15 minutes at the beginning of my day to do the following 4 things and it has made all of the difference.
Pray. Before you do anything else, get some divine intervention going. Yes, if you can make the time, pray longer and harder. But in few minutes you can give thanks and pray for your family and yourself. Have a piece of paper and a pencil handy. Surprisingly, good ideas often pop up when you’re in prayer.
6 – 10 Minutes:
Plan. Knowing what we have ahead of us, and how we’re going to tackle it can help us feel more in control of our life. When we feel that way, we alleviate stress. So spend 5 minutes prioritizing and strategizing your day. (Don’t try to handle any of your to-do’s in these 5 minutes. This time is just for planning.)
Knowing what we have ahead of us, and how we’re going to tackle it can help us feel more in control of our life.
Focus. Take one minute to focus on your job as a mother. Look at the 30 Day Mom Challenge and find today’s date. Focus on that challenge today.
13 – 15 Minutes:
Breathe. Okay, you’ve prayed and you’ve planned. For the next minute, breathe. For relaxation: breathe in through your nose for 4 counts. Hold it for one count and exhale through your mouth for 8 seconds. Repeat this at least six times.
Tell us! How do you normally start your day?