You are the commander of an army. Every single day, you have to go to battle with absolute confidence that you will come off victor. You don't fight against armed enemies, but your foes are just as daunting. You battle against armies of needy children, oceans of dirty dishes, and mountains of laundry. If you were a general, commanding a huge army, would you wait to be awakened by the enemy at your door? Of course not. That would be sure defeat. Great generals rise early, before their troops, to prepare themselves for the day. And so must you. Enter the morning ritual.
Make a practice of rising before your family and nourishing yourself mentally, physically, and spiritually.
The strategy must start the night before. Turn off the Computer, turn off the TV, put down that awesome book you are reading, and go to bed at a decent time. I have to be asleep by 10pm to be a functioning person.
Set an alarm to wake you 30-60 minutes before your family normally wakes.
If this seems impossible because you can barely roll our of bed as it is, you need to add Lifelong Vitality to your diet. This has made all the difference in my ability to wake up on time, actually feeling rested and ready for the day. The amount of time is up to you, but you need to have time to do the following:
1. Connect spiritually with your higher power. This may look like prayer, scripture study, meditation, or a combination of all of the above. The purpose of this step is for you to ground yourself in who you really are and ask for divine help with the tasks and trials you will encounter today. Sandalwood essential oil is my favorite to support this connection.
2. Read 10 pages of something that awakens your mind. Twilight does not count. I use this time to read personal development books. It could be a book about how to process emotions, or how to raise an organic garden, or how to improve my presentation skills. You choose, but it must stretch you and it must make you excited. If you are having a hard time staying awake and alert, consider a drop of peppermint and wild orange on the back of the neck and inhaled.
3. Move your body. If you are just starting, 10 minutes of stretching may be all you can do. Start there. Walking is one of my favorite exercises. Its free and accessible to anyone. The ability to move in a rhythmic fashion while taking in the beauty and fresh air outside helps me think and process what's going on in my life. Yoga is another great practice. It helps you begin to practice mindfulness, which is another key strategy to overcoming depression and anxiety. If you experience any soreness or discomfort, deep blue will become your best friend.