First let me ask you…
1. Do you wake up at approximately the same time every day?
2. How do you wake up in the morning? Does your inner clock awaken you? Kids/pets/spouse wake you up? Alarm clock?
3. Do you get around 7-8 hours of sleep a night?
4. Are you a glass 1/2 full or glass 1/2 empty person?
5. Are you a happy person normally?
In thinking up the above questions, there are so many factors which can wreak havoc on your mornings, so many variables that I am not sure I can solve your every morning dilemma! However perhaps my experiences may benefit you in case you need a bit of help in the mornings.
As a former night owl (before children), I had such a tough time changing my ways to becoming a morning person, but now that I’m there, I love it! It definitely took some time getting used to and it was a big learning curve ~ I mean, the whole early bird catches the worm thing boggled my mind before kids. As you may know from experience, kids definitely change you in more ways than one!
My elder son was an early riser and until he hit puberty, before dawn was his wake up time and thus became mine begrudgingly. Now, the tables have turned and it is I who is wide eyed and happily chirping away at dawn and it is he who is dragging a bit in the early morn! But he taught me a great lesson because every morning when he’d awaken so early, he’d be happy to wake up and start the day and it is by his example (and my other son who has continued the tradition) that I am grateful to report that I Wake Up Happy!
Perhaps contributing to my happy awakenings is the fact that I am grateful to wake up every morning to see the day dawn! I’ve spent the past 11 years with my health in turmoil so to me, to awaken everyday with a loving family and pets surrounding me is a great gift. My routine is to wake up to the alarm clock (if my inner one hasn’t already awakened me) which is set about 10 minutes before I really need to get up. I hit the snooze and then think about my day before I even put one foot on the floor!
I imagine a marvelous day ahead and if I know I have things to do, I imagine them going smoothly, I see in my mind’s eye my travels safe and without traffic, I imagine smooth sailing in all business issues and I plan out my day to have a happy ending. I smile to myself knowing that this is my secret weapon ~ I smile as much as I can throughout the day! So I begin my morning with a smile before I even pull back the covers of my bed!
For me, a few precious minutes of solitude (well, with the cats of course) accompanied by a fresh cup of coffee is the key to a beautiful day so it’s how I begin! I look outside at the sky, the yard and notice the beauty of nature around me. I pet the cats and feel the tranquility which nestles around me when they purr. I need those few minutes every morning so that when the rest of the family arises, I am cheery and full of optimism and organized. You know the whole refrain, if Momma ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy! So Momma does her best to be happy!
This morning I will admit, I wasn’t the happiest because I awoke with a migraine which has been plaguing me for a few days. So I curtailed my imaginings and simply sang this refrain in my head, as I am known to do when I need a little pick me up in the mornings. There’s something about this song which just makes me happy. Do you have a happy song that makes you smile? If not, you can borrow mine! Do you know it? It’s “Oh What a Beautiful Morning”, the song from Oklahoma!
Oh what a beautiful morning, oh what a beautiful day.
I have a beautiful feeling, everything’s going my way!