Do you belong to the big group of people who rush through their mornings? Do you eat and get dressed at the same time? Do you yell at your kids to hurry up, otherwise they will be late for kindergarten/school? Do you put on your make-up when you stop at the red light, or on the subway as I used to do? When you walk through the doors at work, there is a very big chance that your stress level is sky high, and your morning behaviour has set the standard for the rest of day. The same goes for your children. If you are interested there is another way to start your morning, and it is very simple. Go to bed 30 minutes earlier at night, and give yourself these extra 30 minutes in the morning instead. Eat breakfast together as a family and involve everybody in the following questions:
What am I happy about?
What am I grateful for?
What am I committed to doing today?
By asking yourself these questions every morning you learn to focus on what is important in life. At the same time you start the day with a positive feeling, and that feeling sets the tone for the rest of the day. This will also help you dealing with problems more easily as opposed to when you start the day in a negative, and stressful way. //Marianne