Good Morning Everyone, I hope your day is off to a great start. It’s a little drizzly outside but it’s a Sunday and I’ll be inside so I don’t mind.
A little update on my weekday, work mornings:
I’ve started working in a new job where my hours alternate every month from 8-4 and 10-6. I’ve only worked 8-4 so far and I actually like it and I can’t really complain, but in the beginning I really felt like I was struggling to fit a meditation in, in the mornings without waking up too early.
I used to listen to a 10 minute guided meditation or relaxation music every morning before work and it was a great way to start my day feeling chilled and relaxed first thing in the morning, but as we’ve moved to autumn and the days are shorter and darker I’ve found that my body doesn’t really want to be as awake/active in the earlier mornings. It’ll be so dark in the morning when I wake up at 5.45 to be at work for 8am and although I’ve had a good night’s sleep I just want to stay cosy, lying down in my bed.
I think because I enjoy spending time with myself and working on self improvement that benefits me in a mindful way, it felt like something was missing if I didn’t make time for a meditation. So, what I’ve started doing now is listening to affirmations for 10 minutes whilst I get ready. I was into affirmations in the past for a short while but it wasn’t really something that resonated with me at the time. I think because I wasn’t truly believing in what I was saying or actually passionate about the words.
But now, I feel like affirmations in the morning sets me up right for the day and although I don’t specifically think about it throughout the day, I know it’s in my mind subconsciously when I’m making decisions or feeling a certain way, I’m reminded to stay focused on what’s important in life and kind of guided to being a better version of myself. Saying affirmations out loud is also very empowering for my mind and body because I’m putting out positive thoughts and vibes about what I actually want to attract in life and it weakens that negative voice that sometimes pops up.
I’ve linked a couple of my favourite affirmations I’ve been listening to recently in the morning.
I’ll also add that nothing specifically stops me from meditating in the morning, my body is simply adjusting to the darker mornings and it really takes some willpower to actually get up and commit to myself. Another thing to add is that as the seasons change, we change with them too so it is only natural that I would want to stay in bed longer when it’s dark and gloomy outside.
I’ll make this a short review because there’s not much for me to write without ruining the main points of the book. This is a great book if you enjoy reading and learning about mindfulness. You’ll learn so much about the mind and hopefully take away tips and techniques that you can use throughout the day.
I recently finished reading Mindfulness, Plain & Simple, another book I had previously read. I definitely enjoyed it more the second time around and I felt like I was understanding it better because I was aware of myself more. Its a practical book where you can get involved in the mindfulness exercises at the end of each chapter, this is great because it allows you to put what you’ve just read into practice and have a greater understanding of it. Many of these exercises can be done anywhere, for example, at work, travelling or even whilst walking in the park.
It’s a fairly short book with 134 pages but it contains so much information and really breaks down mindfulness but in such a simple way. A couple of my favourite points were ‘Mindfulness simply means experiencing the moment as it is’ and ‘When living mindfully, we are naturally free from the problems, which only exist in the mind.’
This book teaches you to be present in every moment rather than getting lost in the minds thoughts. Often we dwell on the past or fear the future which can cause anxiety, frustration and worry, when this happens notice what emotions arise and then let them be, so you can come back to the moment right now!
Mindfulness can seem like a very basic thing, just sitting and being present doesn’t really seem like much but, regular practice can free your mind.
I’m a real believer of health is wealth, because it’s so important that we look after ourselves, make time for the things we enjoy and ensure that we are in good health. The main factors we’d think of first are diet, lifestyle, work, relationships, friends and family but it’s also about taking time to be present and enjoy being in the moment. Make sure that you surround yourself with good people, you look forward to your job and you prioritise eating a range of healthy foods that you enjoy 🙂
If you’ve got any aches, pains or simply haven’t been feeling well for a while, book in with your Doctor or see a specialist who might be able to help. I know it may be easier said than done, it’s one thing saying something and another thing to actually go and do it but when it comes to your health, it’s so important to put yourself first.
Something as simple as being mindful can make such a big difference to our lives. When life gets hectic, take a moment to be mindful.
Try this exercise:
Sit alone and set a 5 minute timer
Take 3 deep breaths inhaling and exhaling fully.
Focusing on your breath,
When you loose concentration, bring yourself back to the present moment. Notice how your body feels, the air around you, your stomach moving in and out.
Just a little reminder to take care of yourself ❤️
I’ve spent a few hours this morning alone in my own thoughts which was really nice. I feel like recently I’ve been making myself feel so busy and not fully taking the time for myself to just be. Although I do spend time on meditation, yoga, working out and reading, I haven’t allowed time for my mind to just wonder, reflect and be present because I’m constantly thinking what’s next.
Also, here on ablovesfood.com I have spent so much time dedicating my posts to food and I really miss the self growth and inspirational posts. I’ll definitely be committing myself to freewriting more as we can all be connected through many different things.
In life we can have so many distractions and we just forget to enjoy life and remember the true meaning/purpose for why we started something. I think I felt like in order for my blog to grow, I had to commit to only writing about cooking and baking but I’m also on a journey in life which includes many other things that I would like to incorporate into this space. Anyway, my morning has been so peaceful and relaxing but I think it’s time I got up and started my day.