After starting journaling in the 6 Minute Diary I realised that my morning routine needed an overhaul. I am determined to continue improving my morning routine to ensure that each day I start the way I mean to go on – positive & healthy!
So after rising early I make sure I drink a cup of hot lemon water each morning before I walk the dog. I either have a cup of boiled water with a wedge of lemon from the fridge or freezer in, or if I don’t have any lemon in the house then I just put a squeeze of lemon juice in from the bottle.
I find this really helps wake up my taste buds and kick start my body.
There are so many amazing health benefits from this simple step:
It helps to flush out toxins.
It aids the digestive system (and has been said to help aid weight loss).
Helps bowel functions.
Its an excellent source of Vitamin C and helps the immune system.
It helps reduce pain and inflammation in the joints as it dissolves uric acid.
It has many other benefits for the skin, eyes, liver and more!
So next time you are shopping pick up one of these super fruits and if you see them reduced, cut them in to wedges and pop the in the freezer so you have a constant supply for first drink of the day.
I have found over the years that during the Winter months my mood dips, I become quite tired and lack energy. I probably suffer to some degree with SAD (seasonal affective disorder).
Getting up each day in darkness is particularly difficult. I am often in a complete deep sleep (I love my sleep!) and then I’m woken suddenly either by the shrill ring of the alarm or by the sudden presence of one of the children.
When I bought my 6 Minute Diary (link to my post about it) it started me on a path of self reflection. I decided that this was an issue I needed to address. The dark winter mornings last for a good 5 months and when you stand back and look at it, waking up for almost half the year in a tired, stunned and grumpy mood isn’t the best idea especially if there is a better way!
So after some research I decided to buy a Sunrise Lamp as there has been lots of evidence that they help people with SAD and any improvement to my mornings would be helpful. I was also needing my own alarm clock so I could start waking earlier as part of my better Morning Routine.
It was very easy to set up when it arrived and I especially liked the fact that I can use it to play the radio when I am in my room. There is also mood lighting which changes colour and just a plain white ‘sunrise’ light. I think it looks quite modern and slimline too which sits with the style of my room.
When you set up the alarm on the clock it then also sets the sun rise. About 30 minutes before the alarm goes off, the light very gradually comes on, gradually getting brighter until the alarm sounds and the room is full of light. I like that the alarm sound can be one of many pre-set alarm noises or the radio – I like the radio as it is normally gentle voices on our local BBC Radio Channel.
The real test was my first week back to work when I started my new early rise routine.
I was amazed to find that when the alarm went off at 5.45am, I opened my eyes, to the bright room to turn it off and felt completely awake. I am not a morning person so it was amazing to almost bounce out of bed! I was dressed, had completed my 6 minute diary and was out walking the dog within 15 minutes of alarm going off.
This was a vast contrast to the usual snooze being pressed from 6 – 6.45, dragging myself out of bed and then rushing round in a whirlwind and ending up being 5-10 minutes late for work every day.
I have been using this lamp for weeks now and I can truly say I would never go back. I find now that I open my eyes before the alarm actually goes off and I am awake, refreshed and ready for the day. This has been another of the small step in my path to self improvement. Starting the day the right way is key to enabling all the positive change and habits we want to action. I am so glad I tried this and I really recommend it for you too.
I have shared a link to the lamp we have bought on Amazon as I am really pleased with it and recommend it – you can buy this or similar lamps from many places however – and don’t forget to check your local Freecycle, Trashnothing page, Facebook selling page, Gumtree, Car Boots or Charity Shops first as you may be able to save some money on your purchase too!
NB: If you purchase via the links on this page I will get a very small % which goes towards the running costs of this website. This is not a sponsored post and I have no links with the owner of the product. It really is a product that has changed my life for the better and I genuinely believe it could help so many people.
I bought The 6 Minute Diary, back in September 2018. I was a little dubious about how much it would help me given I have been in quite a low place for quite a while.
The diary starts with just over 60 pages of reading. This section explains how to use the diary, the importance of completing it every morning and evening and the scientific research that details how this method is proven to work.
I found this first section really inspiring – in fact I read it twice and the second time highlighted all of the points that stood out to me.
Each morning you complete 3 items that you are thankful for, you list and visualise the small steps you will take to make today great and also your positive affirmation for the day.
Each evening you write down a good dead you have done today, something you could improve on and three great things that have happened.
Also daily you complete the 3 habit trackers (you choose which habits to track) to monitor how you are sticking to the changes you want to make.
Each week you have a new challenge to do which helps you to explore your mind, ideas, be creative, thankful or do something kind.
Every week as well as a notes page there is a list of explorative questions that delve into the depths of your strengths, weaknesses, emotions and thoughts. These are really eye opening and can often unpick things in your mind that you didn’t necessary realise you wanted/felt sad about/wanted to do.
Finally each month there is a monthly check which asks you to rate on a scale of 1-10 how you feel about 20 different areas of your life. This is a great way to check in with how you are doing/feeling and to reflect on any positive or negative changes to the prior month.
Whilst this may sounds like lots to do I can assure you it very quickly becomes second nature, I complete the morning section before I walk the dog each morning and the evening section is the last thing I do before I go to sleep. The weekly part I do Sunday morning with a lovely cup of coffee and the monthly review only takes a few moments.
When I bought this diary I had been in a very low place for quite a while and I bought this as it had good reviews on Amazon but I can honestly say it was the start of a huge movement of change in my life. Within 10 days of completing this I felt happy. Really happy and so thankful for all of the blessings I have in my life.
I got a bad cold during October and because I was sleeping a lot to recover I stopped using the diary. You guessed it. Within a few days my mood/outlook on life had slipped again and I was back to feeling tired, unmotivated and unhappy with myself and things around me. On restarting it I quite quickly realised that I need to commit to completing it every single day.
What this diary made me realise was that I have everything I need to be happy (no matter what is happening in life). I don’t need to keep looking outward to be happy, only within. This book is an amazing tool to help you be thankful, see the positives, work on good/healthy habits and be a good and kind person.
NB: If you purchase via the links on this page I will get a very small % which goes towards the running costs of this website. This is not a sponsored post and I have no links with the author of this book. It really is one of the most powerful diary’s I have ever completed and I genuinely believe it could help so many people.