Cosy rituals for darker mornings
We’ve definitely settled into the Autumn months now, and as the clocks went back, we head towards the dark hours of the winter months. It can be a little unsettling for most as the darker mornings and evenings can make us feel unmotivated and uninspired. So how can we flip the negative associations we have with darker mornings and turn them into something positive? The darker mornings give us chance to tune in and start our day in a nurturing way. The dark brings a sense of peace, quiet and solitude, so how can we use this time to support our wellbeing at this time of year?
Watch the Sunrise
Let's look at the positives of darker mornings, it means you don’t have to get up at 6am to watch the sunrise. The later hour of sunrise means you are probably more likely to catch it on your way to work or dropping the kids off at school. So if you have time, make time to pause and enjoy this natural beauty. Whether this be enjoying it (safely) from the car whilst driving, taking your morning coffee out into the garden and listening to the birds sing as the orange glow appears, or walking to work via a local park to immerse yourself in nature. Starting the day with a sunrise can help you to stop and appreciate the beauty of the world around you, right as its waking up. What could be a better way to start your day than with a grateful heart and a dose of nature at its finest?
Embrace quiet moments of comfort and silence
There’s something about the darkness that makes us feel like we are up when we aren't supposed to be, and instead of grumbling about it pulling the duvet further over your head, take it as a moment for yourself. We associate darkness and warm lighting with cosiness and comfort, so turn on a Himalayan salt lamp or light a candle, boil the kettle and grab a blanket. Start your day with a moment of calm and quiet, whether its 30 seconds before the kids are down for breakfast, or 30 minutes before you have to head to the office. A quiet moment of mindfulness to sip tea, write down your goals or top priorities for the day, or do a quick meditation. This will help you to start your day from a place of inner peace, feeling focused calm and in control. The key to a successful start to your day.
Refresh the senses
Sometimes the problem may not be the dark, but the cold. It can feel very unmotivated to go outside first thing in the morning when the weather is crisp, icy and cold. But think of it the same way as going for a cold shower or immersing yourself for a cold-water dip. The cold helps to awaken our senses and regulate our body temperature. Especially if you work from home and spend all day indoors, we aren't meant to be cooped up inside all the time. Getting out first thing in the morning whether it's to stand in your garden, walk the dog or go for a run will help you to embrace the cold and fully appreciate the warmth of your house for the rest of the day! Now we aren’t saying go outside in your swimsuit, still wrap up warm but tune into the senses. Notice how the cold air feels on the skin, the sight of your breath in the air and the sound of the world waking up around you. Your senses will feel switched on, your mind focused and your body refreshed.
Remember nothing is good or bad, it is only our perception that makes it so. Switch your mindset towards darker mornings and learn to find the enjoyment in the small moments, the call to be cosy and the slowness of a leisurely morning.