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Rejoice In The Brillance of Your New Morning Routine

  O satisfy us early with thy mercy; that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.- Psalms 90:14

Psalm 23

Psalm 23 (Photo credit: FadderUri)

As we close the 5 Day Challenge, I have found that prayer is one of the best ways to really organize and be in alignment with “your” needed outcomes is by saying a prayer or by at least being in one with God.  [Hopefully, you have noticed “your” is in quotes…He guides us toward the blueprint he has already planned!] From Psalms 90:14, we can learn from this verse that when we get up in the morning, it is good for us to give Him praise for allowing us to see our day. If you do pray, would this be an excellent prayer to get your morning routine on the right start toward a healthy lifestyle?  Sometimes we do not need a verse, but we just need a little boost from the word , and that alone will get us on an organized path toward a morning routine that would be fulfilling. My intent was to get you to think and challenge you with a few questions about organizing your morning routine.  We have covered key areas of a morning routine, and they include:

  • exercising
  • social media
  • water
  • the alarm
  • prayer

Each of these areas should assist you in having an organized morning. Review the written sessions that have been provided in the past five days and compare them to what you have done upon waking up.  The mini lessons provided in this virtual course are worthy.  Remember, in order to make any change, you will have to have the will to do the changing, and I know that you can do it! To end such a wonderful challenge I leave you with this verse, “Thy word [is] a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. Psalms 119:105”  No matter what path you chose, remember that His word will guide your will in becoming a stronger and healthier person.

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Day 5: Sound the Alarm…or Hit Snooze

alarm clock, bought from IKEA

alarm clock, bought from IKEA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In the morning do are you excited to hear the alarm clock go off or are you the type of person who likes to hit the snooze button.  I’d suspect if there was a poll there would be many people who would say that they hit the snooze button when it is in reference to the week day.

Let’s enter the classroom, and begin with vocabulary.

sleep inertia:   “…the feeling of grogginess and disorientation that can come from awakening from a deep sleep.” -The National Sleep Foundation

social jetlag:  When your week day schedule of waking up is different to that of the weekend.  As described by Till Roenneberg, Ph.D., a professor at the University of Munich’s Institute of Medical Psychology, in Germany”, Social jet lag is “the discrepancy between what our body clock wants us to do and what our social clock wants us to do.”

body-mass index: (BMI): We are familiar with what body mass index it; however, there is a connection to one’s range/number to that of those who suffer from social jetlag.   “…linking higher BMI to sleep deprivation and irregular sleep schedules. In particular, numerous studies have found an increased risk of obesity — as well as chronic diseases such as diabetes…”- David J. Earnest, Ph.D., a neurobiologist and body-clock expert at the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine, in Bryan.

Now that you’ve had your vocabulary lesson, it’s time for how to consider what may be the negative of hitting the snooze button to becoming a fit person who awaits the sound of the alarm.

  1. Know your priorities.  Don’t start something new at bedtime.  Do what you know is truly proper for you to prepare for bed.
  2. Use your time wisely. Staying out late when you need to get to work on-time is not the best habit to form.
  3. Know your time constraints and where you are able to extend yourself. Create a schedule or evaluate what your schedule is to ensure it’s not overloaded and will extend your time past your bedtime.
  4. Omit distractions in your preparation for bed.  Television or social media can be great distractions.  Omit them if you know you can’t limit yourself to a smaller amount of time for “technology-fun”.

Assignment:  Tell me what time of person you are…Do you like to hear the sound of the alarm or are you one to hit the snooze button?


Bucklan, Erin.  Is the Snooze Button Bad for You.  July 23, 2014http://www.cnn.com/2014/02/06/health/upwave-snooze-button/index.html

Gardner, Amanda. Is ‘Social Jet Lag’ Harming Your Health.  July 24, 2014  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/11/social-jet-lag-weekend-harm-health_n_1507396.html

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Day 2: Morning Routine of Social Media vs. a Cup of Joe

Coffee Beans

Coffee Beans (Photo credit: amanda28192)

One of the questions in my survey and to get you to think about your morning and being productive (organized) was a question about the use of your smartphone in the morning.  Well, I know many of you use your phone as an alarm to get you up in the morning.  This is definitely a convenient way of having “everything” next to your bed, but in my research, I found a study from the IDC research company that provides really alarming statistics about what the average person between the ages of 18 – 44 does in the morning with the smartphone.

IDCResearch Report

If 4 out of 5 users greet their smartphone within the first 15 minutes, what is this telling us?  This is also providing data that many of these users are not getting out of their beds either prior to reading or using their phones. (Click picture to read the statistics.)

What happened to the morning Cup of Joe?

The tradition of having prayer or meditation within the first 15 minutes was of the norm for many years ago; however, many users are turning to social media to check to see who answered their last post, the number of likes on their last selfie, or to see what their friends are doing next.

54% of people drink coffee daily and if we consider when they drink it many be more of a tale, tale sign as well; however, what I did notice is that according to John Hopkins University, “Get up 15 minutes earlier.  You can fix and consume a healthy breakfast in 15 minutes or less.”  Image now what you can do for that first fifteen minutes.  That is a way to consider a healthy start to one’s day.

Assignment:  Consider what you do in our first 15 minutes of waking up.  Did you reach for your phone to check your email or social media, did you say a prayer or mediate or did you consider what you were going to fix for breakfast.  I am hoping that you answered one of the last two!



“Always Connected:  How Smartphones and Social Media Keep Us Connected”.  IDC Research.  July 21, 2014. https://fb-public.app.box.com/s/3iq5x6uwnqtq7ki4q8wk

“Tips on eating a quick and healthy breakfast”. John Hopkins University. Maryland.  Student Affairs July 21, 2014. http://www.jhsph.edu/offices-and-services/student-affairs/_documents/Breakfast

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