Thursday, December 08, 2011

First thing on your mind...


Quick, without thinking too hard about it - what's the first thing you think about when you wake up in the morning?


Studies show that how you start your day drives how the rest of it goes. There are also studies that say if you take an extra ten minutes before you get out of bed to deliberately focus on something pleasant, that ten minutes stays with you all day long. I'll let you decide what that "something pleasant" might be...

BougieLand, I'm not a morning person. I wake up thinking about if there is any way I can go to back to sleep. Who wakes up walking on sunshine? Who's a night owl? Who has come up with the perfect way to kick start the day? (Keep it NC-17 please) Do share...

43 comments:

Mina B. said...

I work odd hours (2am-11am) and I will say that if I manage an early sleep so that I wake up in the afternoon and it's bright and sunny outside-  it's much much easier to find something to focus on besides going back to sleep (which is my norm). So the solution is for everyone to work graveyard shifts! 

tishatweets said...

When I was married it was definitely something chocolate-y. Lol. Now? It is utter astonishment that it could alREADY be time to get up.

MidWestDominicana said...

The very first thing I try really hard to do is give thanks for another day...but sometimes it just so happens that the actual first thing on my mind is giving the alarm clock a side-eye. 
While a cocoa-y morning is an excellent way to start the day (and one of my favorite ways to wake up), there's something about a delicious cup of coffee and some tunes that gets me in the right frame of mind with energy to spare. Couple that with a steamy hot shower and a good hair day....it's on!

Miz JJ said...

Now that I am doing sleepovers more often I have introduced GoP to the idea of the quiet wake-up. Quiet wake-up is how I (try to) slowly start the day. I don't have time for it everyday, but it is a nice way to get the day started. If GoP is with me, we cuddle, talk about our day and plan our evening activities (like going to the gym or out for dinner). When I am solo I stretch, think about what I want to accomplish and do a quick 10 minute meditation exercise. I am not surprised that study found that positive thinking early in the morning leads to a better day. I feel better on days when I allow myself quiet wake-up with no radio, or TV. 

Lady4Real said...

I'm not a morning person, I need to wake up, roll over and smile at my hubby,  potty, brush my teeth and get in the shower before I am ready for chit chat. After my morning ritual I am bright eyed and bushy tailed, if my ritual gets out of whack then I am out of whack for the rest of the day. The days that start with morning cocoa makes for a great day between me and hubs but tempts me to call out and stay boo'd up but the bills don't pay themselves. The best mornings are when I can wake up, do my ritual, get back in bed and talk to the hubs until we either fall back to sleep or get up and make breakfast and watch tv all day.

bashowell said...

I'm a night owl.  I'm rarely in bed before midnight.  Which isn't the best thing since I should be up and out the door before 6:30.  Thanks to the relative flexibility of my job, I'm usually out before 7:30.  So needless to say, I greet the morning w/*&*%$ alREADY?! &*^&!!!!!

Jasmin said...

I'm a morning person and a teacher, so I have a very no-nonsense approach to getting up and getting ready. It's like a tactical misson from point A to point B to point C, until I finally land on the couch and watch "A Different World" reruns.

maureen said...

I'm a  morning  person, courtesy of boarding school. Ever since mother died, I have had time sleeping.  Most days I go to bed by 10.30 and wide awake by1 or 2.
I usually take 10 minutes to meditate and pray then start planning events for the day in my head as I shower.

Reecie said...

most mornings I say a quick prayer thanking God for waking me up, then toss and turn figuring out when I'm actually going to move. if I have a "call of nature" I get right up, otherwise no. 

morning cocoa--actual or in dreams is always a good thing too! :-) I find I have more of those thoughts when I wake on my own, versus the alarm clock. 

thinklikeRiley said...

Cornflakes and cocoa. Not necessarily in that order.
If I could start my day at noon everyday, Life would be sintastic. (Not letting that world go, Shawn)

Jeannette said...

First thing is I say a small prayer, get distracted and then it turns into "What I'm I Going to Wear" and then i get distracted again and I think about "What Am I Gonna Have for Breakfast".  I think i have Adult ADD.

ClayJones said...

Bless all you young uns. I hate to break it to you but the day will come when you will wake up and first say Amen for waking up. Then you'll lay still and take inventory. Is everything working this morning? Can I get up and move around without creaking? No? Can I get up and move around? Then you think about all the fun stuff...

Only1DivaC said...

When I wake up, I say a prayer thanking God for another day. After my prayers, I had straight for the shower. I don't drink coffee or tea so that morning shower is my caffeine.

Just_A_Thought1218 said...

I am a morning person. Even when my to-do list is crazy, and I am severely sleep deprived, within 15 minutes of (physically) getting up I am chipper.  Not necessarily happy because I have to make an effort to avoid thinking about my to-do list first thing in the morning, but chipper.

And, if you are around me in the morning, I will talk your ear off.  I do not believe that night owls have the luxury to tell me to go saddown somewhere because their circadian rhythms are improperly configured.

Don't bother me when it's past my bedtime tho. I might cut you.

Earthangel172 said...

I'm not a morning person by choice but for some reason, having a kiddo keeps you from sleeping in. So I'm up and at 'em at 5:30 a.m.

Prayer, shower and then off to pick out something to wear (which should have been done the night before). I'm usually up between 7:30 and 8 a.m. on the weekend.

Foxy Brown said...

after giving the alarm clock a side eye, i think about what i'm going to wear, if i have any patients that could possibly die today, and wonder if any of my patients died over night.  i say my prayers in the shower (a practice i started in seminary).

C Nelson said...

I am definitely a night owl -- my parents say my first words were "Daddy, see a moon!" -- and my circadian clock seems to be set to a 30-some-hour day. (I haven't yet been to bed since early yesterday afternoon, for example. I'll probably crash around 4 PM and stay dead to the world till 1 AM, then be good to go for another day. Eight hours of sleep, twenty-seven of wakefulness. C`est la vie.) If I sleep through the wee hours (3 AM to 6:30 AM) it feels like nothing goes right all day, no matter what I wake up thinking about. As long as I get those few quiet hours to myself, a cup of tea, and something approaching creativity, though, I'm good for just about anything till it's time to fall over.

taut_7 said...

i'm becoming more of a night owl. i used to get the guy at the gym at 5am. smh

La said...

Sooo... I'm the only person here that can take or leave morning cocoa? That's fine. lol

I am not a morning person. I am a night owl by nature, and I have had pretty bad bouts of insomnia for a decade or so, all of which add up to me consistently missing the early bird special. I'm not grumpy, but I do need to be quiet and to kinda ease myself into consciousness, lol. I usually wake up a bit confused, wondering how I can get some more sleep, and trying to lure myself outta bed with the promise of coffee.

Leo the Yardie Chick said...

I'm a night-owl, straight. The fact that I am nodding off right now proves it. Man, my 8 a.m. classes used to be a real ***** for me.

Earthangel172 said...

I might have to try saying my prayers in the shower. I feel guilty if I don't get on my knees and pray but its been cold as hayle so I've been laying my lazy tail in the bed saying my prayers...LOL

ASmith said...

I HATE mornings.  I'm such a night-owl... I get a second wind at 10pm and when I was having to be up at 5am this semester, that was not a good look.  First thought I have in the morning is how I can get another hour of sleep in right away.

I had a period of time where the only way I could muster the energy to get out of bed was to pinpoint the exact moment I could get back in it.  ::sigh::

Earthangel172 said...

My best friend lost her mom and she said taking one Bayer aspirin at night helped her fall asleep. Wouldn't hurt to try it.

Kitadiva2 said...

I make it a point to spend a few minutes  with God every morning when I get up and before I start creating my mental list of things to do  for the day.  Nature calling is the only that may delay that part of me daily ritual.  Truthfully doing that assists me with keeping a positive mindset, relieves me of worry, and keeps my life  in perspective.   Does not at all mean that the day goes perfectly, but it does reminds me to keep pushing when challenging things happen and to not take whatever is going on around me  too seriously.

SouthernWes said...

I'm a morning person. Drives my wife crazy. I get up at about 5 every day. By the time the rest of the house wakes up, I'm in a decent frame of mind to face the day.

CaliGirlED said...

I am a night owl and therefore soooo not a morning person! I wake up every morning wishing for more time to sleep, look to see if the light is on (meaning Mya is already up), then I thank the Lord for another day. (All after a few bangs of the snooze button and activating alarm #2). I slowly drag myself to answer nature's call, still wishing for more time! But since I have already awakened with few minutes to spare, I kick it into gear pretty quickly (well most mornings).

CaliGirlED said...

I worked a swing shift before, 2pm to 11pm, years ago and I loved it!!!

CaliGirlED said...

Some mornings I ask my alarm clock, "Are you serious?", or I say, "You're kidding me!" One day it's going to respond, "Just get your azz up!"

CaliGirlED said...

LOL!!! I think I had my last hop out of the bed moment some months back. My knee said, "Jump outta bed like that again and you'll be on the floor!", and my hip said, "Yeah!"

CaliGirlED said...

Oh so you wanna talk my ear off early in the morning, but be able to go to bed at sunset in peace! I don't think so! You and I would have to agree to have "business hours" conversations! LOL!!!

SingLikeSassy said...

I wake up usually thinking about how I can get a few more minutes of sleep. I am not and never will be a morning bird. For years I didn't go to work until around 10:30-ish and now I have to be there at 9 a.m. and it's killing me. My body doesn't want to wake up and BE somewhere at 9 a.m. I haven't been able to reset the clock in the past three plus years. Sigh.

Since I got this puppy, my thoughts have been "how long can I sleep and still have enough time to walk this dog before I have to get dressed for work." Meanwhile he's bouncing all over the bed and bringing me toys because, IT'S TIME TO GET UP! *pantpantpantpantpant*

SingLikeSassy said...

This all made me think about something my ex said recently about how he missed how we used to lay in the bed in the mornings and talk and laugh and snuggle.

Oh well.

OwenCinDallas said...

*throws AmEx card in offering plate for this*

OwenCinDallas said...

Even with the kids and all, I have never embraced that morning cheer. I get up and fake it but I'm not feeling it until about noon.

Andrea M said...

Aw, now I'm all nostalgic. Even though the ex was flawed (severely) he was great at the Sunday Morning Snuggle.

keishabrown said...

I am not a morning person. Meaning I would rather sleep in and be up late than the opposite. 
I dont like to speak to people until my brain has caught up to my body. (Thanks the lord for not needing roommates).

I can say that the other night I had to pray about some things and I woke up feeling awesome. Clearly I should do this more often!

Rubie said...

Let me say I LOVE this blog I just found it this week. The comments keep me laughing I have fav posters already

I am #teamsleep morning noon or night (my friends call me sleeping beauty) I like working early to get off early so when my alarm clock goes off at 630 I can't believe it's not butter. I am not really grouchy/cranky (ie I will mutter good morning) but when I am sleep deprived (or if you want to wake me from my sleep) you will mess around and catch your death I do NOT play with my sleep. 

rozb said...

I gotta be a morning person - darn sure ain't a night owl. usually sleep by ten, up by 5 am, and out the door.

Meh - the military ruined any chance I have of sleeping past 7 am, and that is sleeping in for me.

A true exception is if I have a reason to stay in bed...then I must TCB.

rozb said...

I sound like a bowl of Rice Krispies early in the morning - snap, crackle, and poppin' all over the place!

Brneyed1 said...

Definitely NOT a morning person.  If you want more than a grunt from me before I've washed my face and had my coffee, you're gonna be sorely disappointed.

So the order depends on whether or not I have to work:

work:  side eye the alarm clock; once I'm finally vertical, call of nature; "what am I going to wear?"
no work: call of nature; shower; coffee.

Am I the only one who thinks alarm clocks were invented by evil morning people who can't wait for you to wake up, so they torture you with that awful screeching machine??  A body should rise when rested and ready, and not before.

GammasWorld said...

Not a morning person .  I make no secret on Twitter than I'm a 10 and 2 lady ... not before 10 a.m. and 2 cups of coffee am I ready to deal with the foolishness know as my gig.  If I'm not working, I'm still cool with lounging in bed til 10 and watching TV or reading.    I turned 50 in November and finally realize maybe the 2nd shift would have been more suited to my natural body rhythms.   :) 

Singlelif said...

I'm a morning person. I'm up and at 'em at 3:00 a.m. every morning,  and on the DC Metro by 4:57, heading to the plantation.  Ask the Ladies of the DC Meet N' Greet about that 5:00 a.m.,  "Good Morning" text I sent them earlier this week.

anjel thomas said...

I work from 11pm to 7am and I have a 3 yr old to go home to. so the first thing I think about is definitely not sleep!!

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