Do you reach for your smart phone as soon as you wake up? I know, you use it as your alarm right?

I recently heard of a study where 1 in 4 people check the notifications on their phone before they even get out of bed to go pee.  Are you one of them?

Did you know this actually disrupts your chances of starting your day with a calm mind? When you are immediately bombarded with messages and notifications it can lead to an increase in stress and leave you feeling overwhelmed.  Are you someone that finds yourself filled with anxiety often? Looking at your device first thing in the morning can hijack your time and attention and make you less productive

You see our cell phones shift our alpha brainwaves and can make it difficult for us to distinguish between external and internal thoughts.  It’s like allowing someone or something to tell us how to think and feel.  Do you want that? Or do you want to have control of your own thoughts and feelings?

I certainly don’t want someone or something controlling my thoughts and feelings.  Here is what you can do instead.

When you go to bed, turn your device on airplane/flight mode. This way there won’t be any notifications when you wake up.

Next you should consider create a new morning routine/ritual that doesn’t involve touching your phone until the routine is done.

This is what I do:

  • I turn on the tea pot or coffee pot
  • I oil pull (send me a message if you are curious or google it 😉)
  • I make my bed
  • I meditate/journal
  • I read my bible or something positive

At this point its been about 20-30 minutes (depends how long I can sit in meditation, it varies from day to day)

I grab my tea or coffee and then begin to check my notifications.  I usually try to only be 15-30 minutes.  You have to be mindful, the time can get away from you. 

Create a routine that works for you, maybe you have to get up and out of the house first thing in the morning so your routine may look different than mine.  All I’m saying is create some sort of routine that doesn’t require you to check your phone first thing upon waking and see if you notice a shift.