The Most Challenging Part of Any Day Begins with Getting out Of bed.

Here are some mind/body routines to help you overcome your inertia.

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Go to bed on a regular schedule.

Try to be consistent in terms of going to bed at night. Whether you’re a night owl like me or early to bed person, once you’ve devised a bedtime routine, your mind will begin to slow and thus prepare your body to relax.

Turn off electrical devices.

Your television, your cell phone, and even lights are stimulating. Their brightness mimics day light. It is night, and in keeping with your circadian rhythms, the dark is a signal for your body to rest.

Decide how long you need to get out of bed in the morning.

Decide how long you need to get moving and plan accordingly. I need an additional 30 minutes and two alarms set at 15-minute intervals.

Set one alarm out of arm’s reach.

Set your second alarm and put it somewhere out of reach. Fifteen minutes after I’ve silenced the voices on the clock radio, my cell phone blares out Grand Valse Brilliante, by Chopin.


Before you commit to placing your feet on the groundfor the next 12 hours or so, make like a cat and yawn and stretch. Point and flex your toes, roll your ankles. Open and close your fists a couple of times. Your body is now aware it’s getting ready to move.

Put socks and a fleece next to your bed.

There’s nothing worse than getting out of a warm bed on a cold day. Or any day as far as I’m concerned. Buy yourself some soft, fuzzy socks or slippers and leave them on the floor right where you intend to place your feet. Leave a fleece or your favorite sweater there or somewhere close.

Pull up the shades.

Let the sunshine in!

Make your bed.

Nothing says you’re up for the day like a smooth, uncrumpled bed. Once that second alarm goes off and daylight enters your abode, fluff the pillows, straighten the sheets, and organize your sleeping area. It makes your room look neater and lets your mind know there’s no going back.

Drink cold water.

Drinking water is grounding and the cold will give your body a bit of a kick before you’ve had time to make the coffee.

Write down a morning routine.

Once you’ve made the bed, it’s up to you to decide what to do next. Shower, make the coffee, pick out your clothes, put on make-up, whatever it is.

Mix your coffee with a little meditation.

This is my favorite part of the morning.

Marilyn is a writer, yogi, and spiritual medium. Her favorite people are animals, especially ones that meow. She loves the ocean and hates one-use plastic.

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