We all have days where we “wake-up on the wrong side of the bed” feeling rushed, grouchy, and uninspired. Compare that to a morning when we have time to relax, take a walk, read or watch the sunrise. Our thoughts and actions on rising clearly affect our attitude for the entire day.
Here is a fun approach to creating a better morning, and therefore a better day (and life). Hal Elrod created a morning ritual he dubbed “Life-S.A.V.E.R.S.” to help him get up and get going after experiencing devastating physical and financial troubles. His book, Miracle Mornings, details the simple and well-known self-help practices he says saved his life.
Hal listed the actions he added to his mornings in the acronym “S.A.V.E.R.S.”. After a gentle stretch in bed, a glass of water, teeth brushed and face washed, he suggests taking some time for the following ideas:
S is for silence. Taking a few minutes to just sit quietly helps us to relax and access greater clarity. We are conditioned to “Do” (work and strive) in order to “Have” (possessions and prestige) so we can finally “Be” (“successful”, and finally happy and relaxed). Might as well go for happy and relaxed first and save all the other stress!
A is for Affirmations. Reviewing our personal worth and abilities helps awaken and strengthen them, and reminds us of our value.
V is for Visualization. See what you want, whether physical or mental/spiritual, and feel as though it is already accomplished. This is way more fun than looking at future fears and past failures.
E is for exercise. From gentle stretching and simple calisthenics, to a full out walk or run, getting the body moving and the lungs working is a surprising assist to better spirits.
R is for Reading. Reading inspires, informs and gives us the power to change.
S is for Scribing. Here he means Writing, but he needed the “S” scribing provides! Journaling our hopes, fears and things we are grateful for is a time-tested self-help measure.
Give it a try. The author started with 10 minutes in each area, but has done all six in just six minutes. The habit will build and you will find it easier to think in a manner that gives you greater hope, enthusiasm and perseverance.