Mornings Are the Worst
During these uncertain times, one of the most challenging times of the day is the morning. At least, it is for me. Maybe I am the only one, but I will bet I am not because mornings are the worst.
In our dreams, the world is as it should be. There is no pandemic, no shelter-in-place orders, and no death tolls being reported on the news daily, reminding us that there is an enemy out there that we can’t see.
It is within that soft, warm blanket of sleep that all is right with the world. Nothing can hurt us there. We are at peace in those moments.
The Jarring Morning Time
Then the loud BEEP, BEEP, BEEP, the blaring of the alarm rudely awakens you from slumber. It is another day of realities, another day of new numbers, new restrictions, and new information.
The red headlines are jumping out at you from the news, reminding you that we are still living with a pandemic. There is the stress of wanting to know and yet not wanting to know.
It is a tug of war throughout the day. Do I look at the news? Do I really want to know?
Mornings Are Hard
Let’s take a moment to recognize how hard it is to awaken from the comfort of your dreams to our harsh reality today.
I know for me, when depressed and under enormous amounts of stress (most of which I put upon myself), there were (and still are) days that I physically could not get out of bed.
I would curl myself into a ball, head in my pillow, refusing to admit that another day had started. Also, I was still hungover before times so getting up was especially difficult.
Change the Routine
I am working to change my perception of mornings. It is not easy. There is no real reason for me to get up. The world has closed its doors.
But today, I got up. I pushed my blanket to the side (no easy feat, it’s a weighted blanket) and pushed myself out of bed. My new routine begins with standing taller than usual when I get out of bed.
It is my version of a superhero pose. It helps me to know that whatever happens today, I can handle it. I have the power to affect my world positively. Try it for yourself.
Go ahead and strike your superhero pose.
I bet you will find that your day looks that much brighter even before coffee.