Wake and smile

Its morning and you just woke up. What’s the first thing you do? How do you feel? I used to get up and not care how I felt or what I did first. These things matter. Check in on yourself and do something for yourself before you start your day. I always hated mornings until recently when I started checking in on myself, starting my day with a mindfulness exercise. A good day is easier achieved when we properly care for ourselves as our bodies wake from hopefully a good night’s rest. Do you know what happens to our bodies as we wake up and stand for the first time? As we first wake, our heart rate and breathing increases after slowing down as we rest. First time we stand our blood pressure rises. Our brainwaves are also changing after dreaming over night. Here’s how I wake up:

First I slowly sit up then no matter what mood I am in, I make myself smile and spend 5-10 minutes meditating. Once done I feel good, have allowed my body to adjust to being awake and I have set myself up to have a positive and good day.

Keep it simple and smile on!

Power of the smile

Even in the crazy times with the pandemic, smiling is important. Smiling can

  • Boost our moods
  • Help strengthen immune system
  • Lower levels of stress
  • Reduced pain

When we smile our production of cortisol is decreased. What is cortisol? Cortisol is the hormone that produces stress and the emotions that accompany it. Though smiling might not always be easy, give it a try and see what happens. I know I feel better when I am smiling.