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April 9, 2016

Question:
In the morning, before I leave bed, I pick up my phone and look at my emails. It’s like I started my day on an escalator. I need advice.

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Answer:

Don’t feel alone. Many of us these days wake up to our phone alarm. We pick up our phone, turn the alarm off, and then habitually open our emails to see who has contacted us. This becomes a non-thinking habit for most of us. We are being hooked by our emails before we know it.

How about creating a morning practice that nourishes you instead of engaging in a mindless habit each morning that drains your energy first thing each day? Your phone is not an extension of you; it is a simple tool to facilitate your needs. You may want to get another alarm to wake up to instead of your phone. With this, you won’t even need to touch your phone first thing in the morning.

If you choose to use your phone alarm just turn off the alarm and put your phone back down immediately. Take a few deep cleansing breaths and say something you are grateful for. Stretch your body a couple of times and begin your day. Don’t open any emails for at least 30 minutes to an hour from the time you wake up. Do this for one week and see how you feel differently about your mornings and your entire day.

You will begin your day by going inside yourself and connecting with your self first; then, engage in your outer busy world. This becomes a mindful practice and not a mindless habit that rules your life. Try this and see how you feel.

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