Whether you’re an early riser or someone who likes to sleep in a little longer, there is something we all have in common. The first eight minutes of our day. These eight minutes matter because it’s when we are transitioning from sleep mode to awake mode.
When we wake up, our brainwaves are moving from delta to theta waves. In theta, our brains are sensitive to the information it receives during this period. Essentially, what we do in the first waking minutes of each day can impact our mood, emotions and energy levels for the rest of the day.
That’s not to say that the other 1432 minutes of each day don’t matter. It just means that what we do in those golden minutes can shape our day.
So let me ask you a question, what is the first thing you do each morning when you wake up?
Do you: check your phone? Scroll through your social media feeds? Check your work emails? Snooze your alarm one too many times and wake up in a frantic rush? Or not really know?
And how do you feel afterwards?
If you notice yourself feeling stressed or anxious, it may be time to start your mornings differently. The world can wait. Savour your eight minutes each morning to bring the energy you want to your day. Win your day back.
We can reclaim our day by implementing a morning routine that makes us feel good. One that fills us with feelings of joy, gratitude, happiness, love or a mixture of these.
A morning routine doesn’t need to be complicated. There’s magic in simplicity and it also depends on what stage you are in at life currently. If you have little kids or a family, it may not be feasible to get up at 5am to follow an hour long routine.
Some may want to create a longer morning routine while you may want to stick to focusing on the first eight minutes and then getting on with your day. It’s completely up to you.
I have only recently learnt about this and on the first morning, I woke up excited. I can’t remember the last time (especially in winter on a cold morning) that I was excited to wake up and get out of bed.
I have been using my eight minutes to journal. It’s a practice I’ve been intending to start but I haven’t made the time for. Personally, I find that it allows me to clear my head, set an intention for the day and to write down some affirmations. If I’ve held on to any thoughts from the previous day, I also use this as an opportunity to write it down and release it.
On the weekends I like to switch it up by doing a 10 minute guided meditation and I may even do some yoga on days when I’m craving some movement. It doesn’t need to be the same activity each day if you don’t want it to be.
I hope this article has given you some insight into the importance of mornings and why the first eight minutes of your day matter. On days when you reach for your phone or read the news, notice how you feel in contrast to the days where you do something for you first.