What are your first morning thoughts?
I can tell you what mine were this morning and honestly what they are most mornings.
It goes something like this…
“Wow!” You didn’t get much sleep again last night.
“Ugh! More pain last night. Different pain than the night before, but none-the-less, it was the sleep interrupting kind.
Again! Ugh! Did I say that already?”
“You know you are going to be so tired today and not be able to be very engaged in your work or get much of anything of value accomplished!”
My brain is awesome and has all kinds of things to tell me first thing in the morning.
I have work to do. I’m talking about the work I need to do before I step one foot out of my bed.
I have some choices to make. I can let my brain have its way with me and not even acknowledge that kind of thinking, allowing it power over my day.
OR…I can realize those thoughts are there, yet still give in to them. “You are right, it is going to be a very difficult day!”
OR…I can notice what my brain is doing (trying to be efficient in thinking the same thoughts over and over) and make the decision to nudge it toward other thoughts.
Yes, my body hurt last night and I tossed and turned (as is usual for me). It’s true that I didn’t get much restorative sleep. (I’ve had sleep studies to demonstrate that.)
Here’s the thing, those first morning thoughts don’t serve me in any way that is beneficial. I can rail against the reality of a mostly sleepless night, but it won’t make me any more rested and will most likely take a lot more energy than simply accepting it.
So, as my brain rifles those thoughts at me, I simply throw a “So what!” back at it.
Not sleeping doesn’t dictate my life for the following day.
My attitude and thought toward that day are what unfolds the way I feel about it.
In fact, I could think of it as a special challenge instead of being paralyzed.
As I sit with my calendar over a cup of coffee I could consider ways to adjust it for the day. For example, I could shift the tasks that take the most energy for early in the day. If I have errands to run, I might take a minute to see what is the best order for those errands to save time (and energy). If there are things that could absolutely wait for another day, I would put them at the end of the day in the event that my energy does run low. I might choose meals that come together easily so I don’t spend hours preparing, cooking and cleaning up.
There are plenty of ways this day can be other than “difficult” or “bad” as we often label days.
Above all, I would choose kindness for myself. It would not serve me in any way to beat myself up for not sleeping or to listen to my brain telling me how tired I am and how “bad” the day is going to be. Even if I need a short walk or a brief nap somewhere in the day for a pick-me-up, I will take it and love my reason for doing so.
So, your morning thoughts?
What are you letting your brain get away with?
Are you giving it power over your feelings and the outcome of your day?
Or are you going to take that authority back and begin to live Your One Beautiful Life?
I’d love to hear about a time that you took charge of your day. Or if you aren’t sure you ever have, I have some tools to help you do just that! Let’s talk, for goodness sake!