Wake Up Without Your Phone For The Best Start of Your Day
Health Wellness

Set Yourself Up For Success By Waking Up In The Morning Without Touching Your Phone

Plan your day in your head. Count your blessings. Those two minutes may change your entire day.


When you wake up, what is the first thing you do? The first thing you think of? Do you reach for your phone right away? Does your brain just scream "ugh?" Do you take the time to focus yourself for the day?

Those first two minutes when you wake up is the time where your brain kicks into gear and your body responds. What kind of energy do you want feed your mind and body within those two minutes? For me, I usually reach right for my phone. Checking my notifications, responding to emails right away, watching every story on Instagram and Snapchat to see what I missed the nigh before. I didn't realize how this may be affecting my start to the day until I tried something different this morning.

When I woke up this morning, I decided to do nothing but wake up. I didn't sleepily scroll through my Instagram or texts. I just laid there. I let myself toss and turn a little bit, letting my eyes open without force and my brain to turn on without some screen fogging my initial thought process. Most importantly, I allowed my brain to kick into gear and begin to think.

Things started to click when I actually woke up. I was mapping out my day in my head, setting mini goals for myself. "I need to be done work by 4:00 in order to get to the gym by 5:00. When I'm done the gym, then I can get my to-do list done." I got out of bed ready for the tasks I had to accomplish that day. I actually didn't even check my phone until I was out the door headed for work.

I sat in my Uber with such a clear mind and positive attitude. I began to count all the things I was grateful for. I went to work and kicked butt. I went to the gym. I met up with a friend afterwards for drinks. I got my to-do list done. I went to bed at 9:00PM. I woke up the next day in a great mood.

Long story short, set yourself up for success in the morning by waking up. Yes, you heard me... Wake up! Don't grab your phone or turn on the radio. Just lay there and allow your brain to kick into gear. Plan your day in your head. Count your blessings. Those two minutes may change your entire day.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.

10 Etsy Father's Day Gifts Under $40 To Support Your Dad And Small Businesses

Stores may still be closed, but the internet is still wide open. So, while you're already shopping online check out Etsy for your Father's Day needs and support small creators.

As June approaches, Father's Day is coming up quickly with it. While they may not ask for much, it's always a nice gesture to give your dad something special to share your appreciation. Although, at the same time, it might be difficult to find the perfect gift either for their humor or that will be practical.

On a normal occasion, it's simple to find a gift for your father figures in stores, but for the times we're currently in our access has become very limited. Small and independent businesses need help now more than ever, so what better time than now to support them? If you're still stuck on what to give for Father's Day, look to this list for some inspiration that won't hurt your wallet too much.

Keep Reading... Show less

15 Black-Owned Haircare Brands That Cater As Much To Inclusivity As They Do To Your Locks

Championing Black entrepreneurs who make some of our hair favorites.

The haircare industry is vast. With the rise of social media came hundreds of thousands of empowered, niche brands. Single entrepreneurs came out of the woodwork with hair brands that now, years later, have dedicated cult followings.

Of those multitudes of brands, few cater to all hair types, most made without regard for curly or coily hair. These brands, however, are different.

Keep Reading... Show less

4 Women Of Color Share How Racism Affects Their Dating Lives, And Everyone Needs To Listen

"My race is typically a factor in almost everything I do, and with dating, it's no different."

Racism affects the daily lives of people of color in the United States, and other parts of the world, in some capacity every day. When it comes to dating and relationships, this is unfortunately no different.

Keep Reading... Show less

13 Movies And Shows On Netflix Directed By Black Men And Women You Need To Watch Now

Take the time right now to watch these fantastic films and TV shows directed by black men and women.


Netflix is notorious for getting us insanely addicted to watching TV and films. From documentaries, true crime, reality, and fiction, we get very sucked in.

Right now the American people are fighting for the lives of our black brothers and sisters, so instead of watching "The Office" for the 30th time, take the time to watch these 13 films and TV shows directed by black men and women.

Keep Reading... Show less

I love working out, it makes me feel great. It helps my mood, sleep schedule and I just feel overall healthier. Recently I wanted to focus more on my glutes than I previously had been. At the gym, I would just go to the squat bar to do my thing and call it a day. But since we have been home in quarantine I feel like squats just aren't doing it for me but even if I love doing them. Doing squats I always have felt does more for banging my thighs than it ever did for my butt. It made them so big, which I didn't mind except I felt it made my butt look pretty much the same. Straying from squats, and the fact that gyms will probably remain closed for a while, sent me on a fitness journey to see what other exercises I could do at home with no or very little equipment needed. Hopefully, these exercises will help keep your booty banging.

1. Diamond Leg Lifts

Keep Reading... Show less

10 Podcasts On Race Everyone Should Listen To In Order To Be A Better Ally

Listen and learn, because knowledge is power.

Podcasts are such an integral part of some of our everyday lives that it can be hard to recall a time at which they didn't exist. Podcasts exist on about every single topic, from dating to celebrity gossip and Harry Potter.

Now more than ever, it's likely you're reeling from the news, and (hopefully) wanting to do something about it in order to educate yourself. Podcasts are one of the best ways to get the most up-to-date information in a conversational, personal way from some of today's top educators, scholars, and theorists.

Keep Reading... Show less

Stop Pitying Me Because I'm Single, I'm Very Happy With My Relationship With Myself

I don't need your opinions on why I'm single and you're not. We are two different people.

I'm so happy for my friends when they get into relationships, but that doesn't mean they get to have control over my love life, and that is what bothers me. For the record, I've been in four relationships, one lasting for three years, so I do understand relationships.

Keep Reading... Show less

13 Books About Race Absolutely Every American Should Read, Especially Now

Books about black lives, from classics to new must-reads.

It's likely you are seeing the current state of the world and wanting to do something about it. Whether you're only beginning to or wanting to deepen your understanding of the black experience, these books are precisely where to start.

Some, like Maya Angelou's "I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, are classics you've probably heard of, but may not have picked up yet. Others, like Reni Eddo-Lodge's "Why I'm No Longer Talking To White People About Race," are newer hits.

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments