17 Jul Morning Routine
This morning, I didn’t do my normal morning routine. Instead, I woke up feeling a little groggy, which threw me off. You know how it is, I’m sure. Perhaps I slept at an odd angle because I certainly had a kind of all over ache.
It’s not that I didn’t try to get back into my morning routine – it just didn’t work out.
Firstly, I went to wake my children. My second son was grumpy, snappy and irritable. Usually I can cope with that but this morning, I allowed his energy to bring me down a little. That was my first mistake.
Secondly, I went to gently rouse my wife and that didn’t work, either! I got more snappy, more irritable and now I was feeling down. That was the second mistake!
Finally, I compounded my errors by escaping to an early morning email check-in. It turns out that, despite our current traffic initiatives, book sales are down this week.
And so, I allowed myself to sink into a low energy, irritable and then angry state.
Of course, the only good decision you can really make when you’re feeling that way is to fix your energy first. It’s only when you’ve rebuilt your energetic state that better feelings find their way back, better ideas, better connections and better … well … everything.
The decisions you make from that low energy place are, almost by definition, bad decisions. When you’re low energy, you have less clarity, less insight and less connection to your sense of purpose. At a low energy state, it’s harder to make personal connections, harder to use your imagination and therefore, harder to find creative solutions to the very problems that put you there.
As it turns out, and you might’ve noticed a rhythm in these blog posts this way, I’ve written a book that happens to focus on this very issue. It’s called Creativity and Innovation and it details six or seven specific toolset that you can use to move back up this energetic spectrum to a more positive state. And that’s what I began to do.
Firstly, I took a shower. It’s like hitting an energetic reset button for me. There’s something about the cascading water that just cools my mind. That got me back to zero.
Secondly, I spent some time talking with my wife. She is, for me, an energy surplus person. This means that I always feel just a little bit better whenever I spend time around her. Add a hug or two and I’m feeling waaaay better.
Thirdly, my wife made me a smoothie. It was all berries and bananas and vanilla protein powder and yummy. More importantly, it was made with love. Of course, the fuel you put in your body has a profound energetic effect on your body so now I was beginning to feel … almost human.
Next, in my office, I ran through my morning routine, filled with energetic greatest hits! I turned on some great music, switched on my essential oils atomizing thingie and sprayed some of the old lavender mist around my room. Aaah. Delicious.
Finally, I sat and meditated. There’s something about meditation that connects me back to my spiritual source and, in turn, my purpose in life. I sat for about ten minutes with that in mind.
What is Your Morning Routine?
So how are you feeling? Is there anything you can do to feel better before you visit the day? Perhaps you could leave a comment or two with your thoughts, below.