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What's the first thing you can do in the morning when you wake up besides checking your phone?

I love this challenge. Checking my phone has become my instinctual first action of the day, and for me it often leads to doomscrolling. It's a real waste of time, and there are so many better things I could be doing. Here's a list of 10 alternatives that will hopefully help me start the day off right.

    1. Count backwards from 10

    To kick off any activity. I got this idea from someone on a podcast (I don't remember who), and she said it works so well for her because it presents a rupture in whatever she's doing and a commitment to do something new.

    2. Begin my day with gratitude

    I could try listing 5 things I'm grateful for. I typically try to practice active gratitude at night because I find it comforting before sleeping, but I don't see the harm in doing it twice per day.

    3. Say a mantra 10 times

    I don't have a mantra, but I do believe in the power of repetition. Actively articulating a a mantra, especially as a habit, could help me feel and act confident, competent, humble, graceful, or whatever else I'm working on at the moment.

    4. Recite a prayer

    I'm not really religious, but prayer can bring peace. It seems like a good way to start the day.

    5. Start with intentionality: articulate a goal for the day

    I like the idea of this because it commits me to doing something on my plate and making progress towards a goal.

    6. Try not to think. For a bit, just observe.

    Observe my surroundings, my emotions, and my state of being. Then, let these considerations guide me as I prepare to get up and actively start the day.

    7. Stretch

    I don't remember if stretching is typically prescribed before or after workouts, but I love stretching in the morning. It makes me feel awake and alive. If I do it in the morning, I'll also have the benefit of actually getting it done vs. postponing and infinitely procrastinating it.

    8. Pick a loved one to call during the day

    And promise myself to actually call them (and leave a message if they're not around).

    9. Read a chapter/short passage from a book

    Ideally not a novel. I've been trying to get more into philosophy lately and finally downloaded Meditations on my Kindle, so maybe I can start with that.

    10. Write an idea list

    I have to do this every day anyway, so why not begin my day with it and get it out of the way. On the other hand, perhaps I don't do my most profound thinking first thing in the morning.

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