How often do we wake up with fire in our eyes and swift feet with a notion to accomplish great things? More often than not, I wake up scrambling to shut off the alarm clock so I can achieve 10 more minutes of non-sleep before I choose to stumble down two flights of stairs and encourage my two teenagers in their morning routines. Making a stop in the kitchen to get my coffee on, then caffeine can force my brain to function on all cylinders and open my eyes a little wider!
Truth be told, I know that if I set my intentions the evening before to wake feeling rested and have a plan for my day the morning routine will seem far less chaotic. I’m still implementing some ideas from, “Don’t Let Anything Dull Your Sparkle” by Doreen Virtue, a great simple read with self-improving suggestions to allow yourself to “break free from Negativity & Drama.” It is amazing to find out that we really create our own chaos out of pure addiction. I had no idea that I was inherently addicted to stress hormones! Adrenaline, cortisol and histamine all are highly addictive. So much so, that when stress addicts become ‘bored’ they create their own drama which triggers these hormones to be secreted! WHAT???
In addition to creating your own drama, food and drink are encouraging the production of these hormones without your consent! (Except you ate or drank them, that is!) Craving something?? You guessed it, probably just needing another boost of histamine! This was mind boggling to me. Eating cleaner (not processed and purer or organic) will definitely help, but certain foods themselves actually increase hormone production. I’m talking all of the things that I love that I thought were good for me. (Spinach, citrus, pineapple, most nuts, avocados, bananas, carob, chocolate, coffee, black tea, peaches, seeds, strawberries, tomatoes, shellfish, vinegar, red wine and yogurt just to name a few)
A change in one’s lifestyle can be overwhelming but with practice, just like most things, will get easier and eventually become the norm. By simply starting my day by rising when my alarm goes off, enjoying a glass of water and stating my intentions of success I’ve purposefully eliminated morning chaos and created a solid platform for a wonderful NEW day.