Its winter here in Munich and getting out of bed is a proper nightmare for me at the moment. Also feeling the pressure of the last few weeks before my xmas holiday starts pushing down hard on my shoulders, I tried to find a way to compensate and calm my nerves.
(I am going to share my favourite calming podcasts with you on Sunday, my favourite you tube yoga lady Dashama and also the book „A miracle morning“ by Hal Elrod, that this post is inspired by, so stay tuned for that!)
When my doctor told me last week, that my shortness of breath are in fact little panic attacks, caused by stress, I was more than surprised. Firstly, I did not think that I am stressed right now, and secondly – panic attacks without knowing that that’s what was causing my shortness of breath.
On my way home, I could not stop thinking about what my doctor had said and found myself googeling answers on how to fix panic attacks quickly. This obviously did not help at all, but on the contrary – made it worse.
Since I was 12 years old, I remember my teachers telling me, that I should be much more calm and focused. I never really knew how to do that and I only have now realised, how this has caused me to be good at what I do, but never excellent. This also causes my panic not to get everything done and not to be good enough to do anything really.
So, what to do? I scouted the web and ended up with Hal Elrod’s „Miracle Morning“. Now, his life so far has been an up and down, something I am guessing most of us can relate to. With different, conscious practices first thing in the morning, he has managed to pull himself out of the most hopeless situations in his life and he is now sharing it with all of us.
Its so easy really. Its essentially six things you should to, first thing in the morning and all you need to do is get up an hour early than usual, to do all of them. He calls them the Life Safers and they stand for Silence, Affirmations, Visualisations, Exercise, Reading and Scribing.
I was hooked after the first 5 minutes of the audio book and got working the next morning. Its not easy to wake up at 4.55AM, but it makes so much sense and it helps you to focus so much.
My alarm clock goes off at just before 5AM these days and the first thing I do is switch on the light. It really helps to wake you up and I usually just sit up and stretch to get myself a little bit more alert.
Then, I put on my favourite Yoga Playlist on Spotify and I ease myself into a comfortable position for my meditation. Now, meditating is not easy, at least not for me. I try concentrate on my breathing, I try letting my thoughts pass by and I am really trying to use ten minutes of my time to focus on doing nothing. Its only just getting better now, so be patient with yourself.
After that, I do ten minutes of yoga and plank for 2 minutes, so my blood starts to flow again. Now, you should already feel pretty good by now. Its all about holding this energy now for your affirmations. (I will share my affirmations with you next week! Stay tuned!) I do them in the shower, also to wake up and save a little time in getting ready for work.
When I finished showering, its time to make breakfast and read. I read for 10 minutes every morning, which not only informs me of specific topics, but it also gives me time to sit down and read books that I had lying around for a while now.
Then, I am done. I should also be writing, of course, but I like writing my blog for you, so I guess this is my writing down and also defining my life purpose (which is something Hal also recommends to do) – I like helping people and this is me sharing.
So far – the morning is working very well for me. I am more focused on what I want and developing my life from stress and anxiety to a life that is mine how I have always wanted to live it.
You can do that, too – because you are awesome and you totally deserve to be the best version of yourself!
Thanks to my cousin Luisa, for modelling her morning routine. x