How we wake up in the morning has a fundamental impact on how the rest of the day unfolds. There are a few things we can integrate into our morning routine that can have an immediate impact in supporting us in being more mindful, self-compassionate, connected, and resilient throughout the day.

Set your judgments aside and try these out over the next week as an experiment…allow your experience to be your guide.

1. Curate Your First Sounds: Rather than starting the day off with an alarm that makes your body tense and startled, choose an alarm that’s gentle and soothing—chimes, bells, more relaxing music, whatever it might be. This allows your body to take in something soothing to start the day.

2. Hydrate Before You Caffeinate: Rather than going straight for the coffee or tea, see if you can take in a big glass of water. Your body is dehydrated—your body needs water, it hasn’t drank water all night long. Then move to your coffee or tea.

3. Observe Nature: Instead of grabbing your technology to begin with, go outside and take in the sky, take in a tree—allow your eyes and body to take that in. Then move on to starting your day.

Elisha Goldstein

Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist and conducts a private practice in West Los Angeles. He is creator of the 6-month online program A Course in Mindful Living, author of Uncovering Happiness: Overcoming Depression with Mindfulness and Self-Compassion (Atria Books, 2015), The Now Effect (Atria Books, 2012), Mindfulness Meditations for the Anxious Traveler (Atria Books, 2013), and co-author of A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook (New Harbinger, 2010).


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