Sometimes I have trouble getting out of bed in the morning...and it's not always because I am sleepy and tired. Usually, the trouble is that I feel anxious and nervous when I wake up. Anxious about all the things I want to accomplish in the day. My mind starts running right away- how am I going to do that? I can't do it. What if I get lost? It's way too hard- on and on and on.
Sometimes I breathe and do some tapping (EFT- Emotional Freedom Technique) and that usually subsides the anxiety.
But, you want to know what is really easy, helps, and moves me forward into the day?
Taking a new action.
I mean, taking a different action than what I normally do. For example, my normal action is to lay in bed worrying and thinking about how everything is going to get done. Usually what I do next is get up and wash my face and brush my teeth.
So, if I wanted a new action. I could get up and go for a walk outside. Or, get up and make a cup of tea. Or, get up and dance around the room for 2 minutes. It doesn't matter exactly what the action is. What matters, is that it is different from what I normally do.
These tiny, small changes are so much more significant than what they appear to be on the surface. Every time that we do something new, we create new neuron pathways in the brain. Each time that we repeat something, the neuron pathway in the brain grows stronger and more accustomed to that action. So, if we want to expand our minds and be open to new things, change and shift our lives, create new possibilities and opportunities, every little new action that we take makes a difference and stretches the brain. The more we can shake it up and do new things, the more capacity we have for strengthening new thought patterns and taking bigger, more noticeable actions in our lives.
As for breakfast, I like to add in new things there too. This one might sound like a weird combo, but it might actually just knock your socks off.
Watermelon Walnut Tahini Shake
2 Tbsp tahini 1/4 cup walnuts 2 cups watermelon, chopped 1 cup water honey to taste
Directions: 1. Soak the walnuts in some water for 1 hour (or you can put them in a cup of water before going to sleep, and soak them over night). 2. Add the walnuts (not the water they were soaking in) and fresh water to a blender. Blend until creamy and frothy. 3. Add the watermelon and tahini. Blend until creamy. 4. Add in honey if desired
For an icy, slushy version:
1. Pour the mixture into a container and freeze in the freezer for a few hours. 2. Remove from freezer and cut into chunks. 3. Place in the blender and blend briefly, until you have a thick, icy mixture.