mindfulness in the morning

Finding Mindfulness

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My first year in Korea I accomplished one thing I really wanted to do. I learned how to take care of myself and practice mindfulness. But in the eight months since the friends I made in my first year here moved away, I find that I have slipped back into old habits.

Without Sam, I didn’t want to go to the gym anymore. Having her with me was the external motivation that I needed. Since COVID broke out, I find myself watching more TV, spending more weekends inside, not leaving my studio apartment at all, and eating too much junk food.

I’ve finally taken a step back to assess the damage that this lack of mindfulness has brought me. I feel tired. Inspiration is hard to come by. I find myself feeling both lonely and antisocial. And man I really just want to eat some vegetables.

So over the last few weeks, I have made small changes. I am eating way more fruits and veggies now, tracking my meals mindfully using Lifesum. The next step in finding mindfulness is to take back my mornings and start hitting my step goal again. I love an early morning, but over the winter I tend to sleep in later to avoid the cold. But now that the mornings are warming up and the sun rises shortly after five, it’s time to start setting my alarm to rise with the sun again.

It’s been nearly three weeks since I decided to start setting the alarm for 5 a.m. Most mornings I wake up and hydrate before going for a run along the river. This 20 minute workout in the morning gives me the energy I need for the day. From there, I have the rest of the morning to myself to work on personal projects.

Since I have completed another semester of graduate school, I use my mornings for personal projects. These include daily journaling, studying German, and working on my blog. With moving to Vienna, I have a lot to reflect on and write about. A peaceful morning is a great way for me to do that.

Even though I haven’t been in this habit for very long, I feel good about the progress and changes I’ve made. I hope that I can continue to have my mindful mornings full of reflecting, writing, running, and drinking plenty of water.

How do you stay mindful? Let’s share our tips and tricks in the comments!

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