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Best Way to Start the Day?
Mornings at my house are so rushed that by the time I leave for work I'm already frazzled. I would love to have a calmer, more peaceful morning agenda. Do you have any recommendations for a healthy, positive early-hours' routine?
Answer (Published 6/20/2013)
My own mornings are usually quite relaxed, but I don’t know if you can model yours on my routine. I have found that an important contributor to tranquil mornings is making a point of going to bed early the night before – I am often in bed shortly after sundown. This habit allows me to automatically wake, rested, when the morning sky begins to get light.
After brushing my teeth, I do my breathing exercises (the bellows breath followed by the 4-7-8 relaxing breath) and sitting meditation. When I meditate, I just observe my breath and what is going on in my body. I don’t try to stop thoughts, I try to note them, to witness them without judgment. Then I go to the kitchen and put on water for tea. I feed the dogs and eat my breakfast, then the dogs take me out for a good morning walk.
Here are some suggestions that might get your day off to a better start:
Andrew Weil, M.D.
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