Today is the fourth Sunday of 2021 and our fourth Self Care Sunday Idea, ‘Get Up Early, Make Yourself Breakfast And Enjoy Your Day’!
Self Care Sunday Ideas
Every Sunday we will be sharing a new Self Care Sunday Idea with you here on our blog and across our social media channels so be sure to check in with us
Idea 4. Get Up Early, Make Yourself Breakfast And Enjoy You Morning
Our fourth Self Care Sunday Idea is ‘Get Up Early, Make Yourself Breakfast And Enjoy Your Day’.
“Early to bed, and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.” – Benjamin Franklin
This weeks Self Care Sunday idea is all about productivity, mindfulness, mindful eating and intention.
Early in the morning is the best time to be productive. Normally a time that is free from distractions, between 5am and 9am our minds are fresh.
There are lots of studies that demonstrate why waking up early is really good for us, as is having a hearty and healthy breakfast.
Benefits of waking up early
- More ‘me time’, less distractions leaving more time for spiritual and personal development
- Better concentration and focus
- Better decision making and problem solving
- Enhanced productivity
- Improved sleep quality
- Better overall health
- Increased confidence
- More creativity
- Better brain function
- Increased energy levels
- Reduced stress and anxiety
- Increased happiness
- Less procrastination
Checkout this article published by the Independent, 10 Reasons You Should Wake Up Earlier And How To Do It.
What is mindfulness and Mindful Eating?
Mindfulness is being aware of what you are doing, whether this is your performance at work, consciously trying to live a healthier lifestyle, or watching what you’re eating.
Being mindful of day-to-day things can help you to focus better, stress out less and become a better person overall.
It might take a little bit of time to get used to thinking more about the decisions you make especially in the kitchen and whilst out in restaurants. But it will pay off and you’ll feel much better for it.
How can you be mindful when you eat?
Being mindful when eating has a lot of different elements to it. One of these particular aspects involves thinking about the type of foods and drinks you are putting into your body.
In order to feel better and live better, you should avoid consuming foods which are high in stodgy carbs or sugars and bad fats. Consciously trying to avoid these types of foods will help you on your way to a healthier lifestyle.
As well as the type of foods you eat, you should also be mindful of the quantities of food you eat. Many of us struggle with weight issues and other health problems not necessarily because of what we’re eating, but how much we are eating.
Brown rice and other whole wheat carbs aren’t bad for your body. But when consumed in large quantities, they can cause issues. Likewise, fruits like figs and bananas are great for giving your body the nutrients it needs. But too much can create problems for you.
How can being mindful of what you eat help you?
You’ll find that being more mindful of what you eat, especially at breakfast time when you eat and how much you eat can help you in many ways.
You’ll feel more in control of yourself, particularly your weight and how you feel from day to day. You’ll wake up feeling better. In general, you’ll feel good about yourself after making the right choices when it comes to food and drink.
“Breakfast like a king; lunch like a prince; dinner like a pauper.” – Adelle Davis
This was the statement American author and nutritionist Adelle Davis published in her book Let’s Eat Right to Keep Fit in 1954.
Researchers at King’s College London looked at the effect of meal patterns on health, asking ‘is when we eat’ as important as ‘what we eat?‘.
Dr Gerda Pot, Visiting Lecturer in the Diabetes and Nutritional Sciences Division at King’s College London said “There seems to be some truth in the saying ‘Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper’. However, this warrants further investigation.”
The Power of Intention
And finally for a productive start to your day smile and set your intention that it’s going to be a great day!
Intention is defined as ‘a thing intended; an aim or plan’. An intention is an idea that you plan or intend to carry out. It’s something you mean to do, whether you achieve it or not.
Why set your intention to have a great day?
Well, your mindset affects every area of your life. It affects your health, relationships, spirituality, emotions, even your career. It shapes your growth. It’s important to recognise that you are in control of your thoughts. Know that if they go off track you can choose to flip the switch and focus on the positive. Your life and career will be better for it.
Us humans consistently live up to our expectations and beliefs about ourselves. When we believe we can’t do something any effort to change this reality will be a tremendous struggle.
Develop a success mindset, you’ll be able to do so much more! You couldn’t stop yourself from making progress even if you tried. Change your mindset and your life will change too.
“Our intention creates our reality.” – Wayne Dyer
Dr. Wayne Dyer uses the term ‘Power of Intention‘ to describe the concept behind the Law of Attraction.
By setting an intention rather than a goal you will be inspired, motivated and reminded to have a great day and remember.
Remember what Dr. Wayne Dyer said about the power of intention and in terms of the law of attraction, what we put out we get back 🙂
According to him the process of allowing, just being and embracing this heightened level of consciousness is not about attracting what we want, but attracting what we are.
He said “You have to just be, you have to let go, you have to allow, you have to be free and make this your consciousness. Basically, what you would see is a frequency (of energy) that manifests itself through the process of giving, of allowing, of offering and of serving. It asks nothing back.”
With the right mindset, a success mindset and intention, you can do anything!
It’s Good To Share
I would love to hear about your morning routine so feel free to submit your thoughts in the comments below.
Don’t forget to check back for next weeks Self Care Sunday Idea!
Happy Self Care Sunday, thank you being here. I hope your day is productive, mindful and intentional, much love Joanne
Disclaimer: This article is for informational and educational purposes only and is not a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.
Do you have a story to tell, content just bursting on the inside and expertise you can share with the world. You’ve been told you should blog, but you don’t know where to begin. Then ‘So You Wanna Blog?‘ is the course for you.