Your alarm goes off, and you immediately immerse yourself in the world of your phone. Sound familiar? It’s all about the inbox, replying to work emails, and diving into social media. It’s so common, but the repercussions of this behavior create a tsunami of bad vibes for our health.
Here’s why. When you first wake up, your brain changes from delta waves that occur during deep sleep to theta waves, which are correlated to a daydreamy state (yum). The brain then moves along again, into alpha waves when you’re awake, relaxed, and still not processing a lot of information.
Backtrack, and you can see why nosediving into your phone first thing forces your body to skip the important theta and alpha stages. This seemingly innocuous habit means we go straight from the delta stage to the beta state, AKA being alert and awake. While we’re at it, know that the theta stage is especially important as it’s the ideal time for people to tap into the subconscious mind, visualize goals and desires, and free-flow thinking without censorship or guilt.
Reframe the morning phone ritual now, and you’ll see how checking your phone first thing can induce stress, which carries through the rest of the day. You’re essentially prioritizing work emails and putting yourself on edge by simply seeing or reading something negative when you should be fetal, cozy, and vulnerable.
What to do? Our step one is all about setting yourself up for success by creating a mindful, sacred morning ritual. That’s with zero phone time. Aim big and try to avoid your phone for the first hour after you wake up, and if that isn’t possible, give yourself what you can, even if it’s just 10 minutes. This little, powerful act will create a phone-free ritual and a space to set positive intentions for the rest of the day.
Instead of your phone-filler, try incorporating some of these into your sacred morning routine:
- Mindfully make your morning coffee or tea. That means taking in the sights, sounds, smells, and being in the moment.
- Make time for some meditation or breathwork practice. Studies show activities like this can balance your mood and reduce feelings of anxiety.
- Prioritize exercise or go for a walk. That could be the school run or an actual run. What’s important is getting out into the world.
- Spend time outside. Remember that getting direct sunlight in the morning can improve your sleep, boost mood, and support overall wellness.
- Listen to music or a podcast while you get ready. Escapism and a sense of connection can transport you to a happy place.
- Gratitude and self-affirmation journaling. To refocus, reframe, and refuel your happy vibes.