Week2 - Fresh Air
I will spend the first ten minutes of every day outside
My usual "morning routine" goes a little like this:
- 6.30am alarm 1 goes off, hit snooze
- 6.39am alarm 2 goes off, hit snooze
- 6.48am alarm 3 goes off, hit snooze
- 6.57am alarm 4 goes off, hit snooze - rinse and repeat until around 7.30 when I finally reach for my phone, check Facebook/Twitter/two different email accounts, jump out of bed, rush around the house and curse myself for not getting up earlier!
I've never really thought of myself as a "morning person" AND I don't have a garden, so on first glance I was a bit cautious of this week's WakeUp! challenge. Here's how it actually went for me:
Day 1 - didn't hit snooze (big win for me!); jumped out of bed, pulled on my comfy clothes, went downstairs and opened my front door to the world. Fresh air, blue skies and a glimpse of the English Channel greeted me. As per Chris' video, I didn't take any distractions with me, so it was just me and the big wide world.....wow, is this what life was like before smartphones? Totally outside of my usual routine (I work from home so sometimes don't need to leave the house for 2 or 3 days in a row), I genuinely felt more awake and ready for the day than I usually do (and that was before any caffeine had passed my lips). Half an hour later, with a definite spring in my step, I was off to the shops to get ingredients for a super duper healthy melon bowl breakfast. Pretty sure I wouldn't have done this if I hadn't made myself go outside for the first 10minutes.
Day 2 - Storm Frank (I think that's what this one's named) has hit Brighton. Nowhere near the devastation of the floods further north in the country, but still pretty fresh outside my front door this morning! Luckily I have a good waterproof coat and a porch, so I'm protected from the worst of the elements. Return back to the house after my allotted 10minutes and settle on the sofa with a big mug of steaming chai tea, extra grateful for the roof over my head.
Day 3 - Up earlier than usual this morning, as I have to travel up to London from Brighton and there are engineering works, tripling my journey time. It's pitch black and super quiet when I open the front door - it feels like the middle of the night. I thought day 1 was an experience, but this is something slightly different. There is a real sense of calm as I don't see anyone else in the street today; no cars whizzing by, even the seagulls are quiet. A really peaceful start to the day, loved it!
Day 4 - Getting used to this. It does still require a bit of effort to drag myself outside as its not a habit yet, but once I do, I realise its more than worth it. Not seeing the latest Twitter & Facebook posts first thing in the morning hasn't had any detrimental effect on my life whatsoever and I believe that this "slower" start to the day actually helps me be happier & more motivated for the rest of the day.
This was my favourite challenge so far, getting back in touch with myself and nature - a brilliant way to kickstart the day, whatever the weather. I'm definitely taking this forward as something to implement every morning to help me wake up in 2016. Thanks for the idea, Chris!