By Chris Raine, Founder & CEO of Hello Sunday Morning
We all know what we should do in the morning. Wake up at exactly 5.59 every day, roll out of bed into a yoga pose and flow your way into a daily meditation, then kick off the day with a giant glass of lemon juice and hot water. If you have managed to turn this into a ritual rather than sporadic attempts, you are a much better person that me. No need to read any further because you, my friend, have nailed the morning ritual.
For those of you, like me, who achieve moderate success in developing a good morning ritual or are laden with a terrible repulsion to doing all the things that you ‘should’ do - this post is for you. I’m going to tell you a bunch of weird things I do in the morning to get going. They are probably interesting, but maybe not advice-worthy to all, but you are welcome to try them out from time to time.
1) The Early Morning Scream
When I am home (on the Sunshine Coast) I like to get up early and go down to the water while the light is still cracking over the ocean and tippy-toe my way into the icy water. Standing there, I close my eyes and think about all the things I hate in the world right now. All those worries, those rejections, those conversations, those near misses and failures - if you are like me, they come up at the slightest beckoning of my mind. Then I hold them up in my head, plunge my head underwater, sit on the ocean bed and SCREAM them all out as loud as I can. Over and over. Until none of them remain. Then I start giggling to myself about the fact that I am screaming underwater. Once that is done I walk back up the beach with smile on my face. Nothing puts things in perspective like the fact a secret pact between you, a thousand cubic million kilometres of water and a few unsuspecting fishes.
2) The Green Mile
Every Sunday night I make kale smoothies in bulk then stick them in the fridge and keep them in jars for three mornings at a stretch. That sounds creepy and I don’t know if this is good advice or not (from a healthy perspective), but it is easy and it makes me feel healthy as I half drink/munch them on the way to work. Like a hero. A big smug green hero.
To make the Chris Raine smoothie special - you need kale, a few bananas, almonds, some dates for that extra sweetness, your housemate’s blender and if your are feeling extra hungry I throw some oats and spinach in there too. I also sometimes put Chia seeds in there because my Auntie Roz said they make you happier. Auntie Roz owns a chocolate shop and people who make chocolate, know how to make people happy.
3) The Sunday Reflection
Sundays are my favourite day. I don’t have a routine or ritual, but I love the feeling of a clear head and clear day brings. Sundays for me are often a day for reflection, resetting and exploring. I really like this quote from the end of Silver Linings Playbook, it kind of sums it up for me:
"The world will break your heart ten ways to Sunday. That's guaranteed. I can't begin to explain that. Or the craziness inside myself and everyone else. But guess what? Sunday's my favorite day again. I think of what everyone did for me, and I feel like a very lucky guy.”
This is what Hello Sunday Morning is about. In fact the whole thing started with a blog I wrote each Sunday morning about not drinking. That is now an international organisation. Finding some space and peace in your life from the craziness all around us and in us to think about where you are going is incredibly valuable. I would even go as far to say that your relationship with Sunday morning says a lot about the choices you make in life, especially your drinking choices. Drinking messes with your sleep patterns. Lots of alcohol really messes with it. If you ever want to change that - we can help you.
Photo credit: David Mao
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