“Lose an hour in the morning, and you will spend all day looking for it.”

~ Richard Whately

With the sun freshly past the horizon, a new day begins.

As the light filters through your blinds you begin to feel the warmth of the day upon your face. You begin to hear the world as it wakes up from its sleep. First come the birds, then the dogs. Loud buses and car doors come next. You lie there in stillness until you hear the inevitable sound of your alarm going off.

It’s time to wake up.

Most people dread the morning time. They have a hard time getting their engines going. We all know the familiar feeling of wishing we could sleep a little longer. “Just 5 more minutes” we say.

What most of us doing realize however, is the potential that morning time brings. A time that could be spent for ourselves. A time when we don’t have to face the responsibilities of the world just yet. A time when most things are still asleep.

The morning time is calm. It is giving. And it can be ours if we choose to harness it.

Here are 5 simple ways how we can cherish our mornings:

1. Stretch out those muscles.

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Nothing feels more perfect than that first morning stretch. Your muscles have been tightening and re building while you slept. Your blood circulation has slowed down. Your whole body was in a state of sleep, not just your brain.

Giving yourself that morning stretch re energizes your body and tells it it is time to wake up. It is time to start circulating again.

You can stretch in bed as you slowly wake, or down on the floor. Stretch your legs far down while reaching your arms way above your head. Drop your legs and knees to one side of your body while twisting with your torso to the other. You can roll out your ankles and wrists.

Stretching feels great and it gets our body ready for the day ahead. Never underestimate the power of a good stretch.

2. Turn on some tunes.

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Start your day with a little dance.

Studies have shown that music has lasting effects on people ranging from increased mood all the way to being a physical pain reliever.

Weather you want to start your day with something mellow and soothing to ease you into the morning, or something a little more fast paced and energizing, music is the best way to set a tone for your day ahead.

Personally, I enjoy starting my morning with a little Beatles. Their melodic sound and lyrics fill me with just the right amount of comfort and energy I need to start my day with.

3. Sit down with a cup of tea or coffee.

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As we wake up late and rush to work, most of us don’t take the time to sit down and enjoy a delicious cup of tea or coffee. We tend to either bring it into the car, or wait till we get into the office, at which point we dive straight into our work.

Sitting down and enjoying your coffee or tea slowly is not only a healthier way of consuming it, but it also gives you the chance to savor it. There is a reason cultures around the world have sacred tea and coffee rituals.  They are both a delicacy that deserve to be observed and enjoyed with your full attention.

Get creative with your drink of choice. Try coffees from around the world. Enjoy a pot of Green tea with a little honey, or English Breakfast with a splash of milk.

Mix it up. It’s YOUR treat.

4. Take your time getting ready.

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Enjoy the time you spend getting ready for your day.

Pick out your clothes based on what makes you feel good. Look at yourself in the mirror and tell yourself 3 things you love most about your body. Build up the confidence that will leave you feeling strong to take on anything that can be thrown at you that day.

How we start our day is great preparation for how the rest of our day is going to be. When we start our day stress free, in no rush, feeling happy and confident about ourselves, all of those aspects will carry on into the rest of our day.

If you start your morning in a rush you will feel unbalanced, mentally and physically.

5.  Do your “one hobby that I don’t have time for”.

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We all have things we say we wish we could do, but don’t have the time or energy to do it.

We want to read books, go for runs, garden, meditate, surf, write, and so on. Yet we can never find the time to do so. Our days our filled with responsibilities, and our nights are filled with either more responsibilities, or if we are lucky, relaxation. Weekends are too short, and so we never find the time to cultivate our interests.

Giving up on your interests is not the right option. The right option is to find the time to do them.

Imagine waking up knowing you are about to do something you absolutely love? Something you chose to do for yourself. Not something you are doing because you have to, or because you are being paid to do it.

Having something special to wake up for is the best way we can take advantage of this usually “dreadful” time of day.

Chances are you will stop uttering that familiar phrase “Just 5 more minutes”. Suddenly those 5 minutes will feel more valuable than ever, and you will do your best to put them to good use.

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