The first few minutes of our day sets the tone for the rest of the day. Which is why if the first thing you do after you wake up, is scroll on Twitter and read stressful headlines, then you are unlikely to roll out of bed with a joyful attitude. Instead, try spending the first hour of your day completely unplugged. A tech-free morning routine is sure to be a great kickstart for your day.
The first step is to leave your phone outside of the bedroom when you are preparing to go to sleep. The benefits are immediate. Keeping your phone by your bedside makes it really easy to do some late-night scrolling when you are having trouble falling asleep and removing your phone from the room eliminates this possibility.
This means you may need to invest in an alarm clock to replace your phone's alarm. Although this may feel like an unnecessary purchase, it is absolutely a great investment towards your well-being.
When you wake up, the urge to check what notifications you may have missed, will have vanished. Simply being a room away from your phone, will allow your mind some freedom while it is still waking up.
When trying to eliminate a habit, it is often more effective to replace it with a healthier habit. We suggest spending the first 5 minutes of your day mindfully, here are some ideas:
- Meditation — like this one
- Journaling (with pen and paper)
- Light-reading (like fiction)
- Setting your daily intention — "I will spend my time and energy today towards meaningful things"
- Recite a morning mantra — "Breathing in, I am calm. Breathing out, I smile" (Thich Nhat Hanh)
All of these practices can be done immediately, without even leaving your bed.
Whatever you decide, we suggest you keep it short and sweet, and then get out of bed and get on with your day. You've begun this new day wonderfully, so go spend the day with joy and purpose!