Checking your phone first thing is another way to get sucked into that black hole we just talked about.
Checking TikTok is nowhere near as important as starting your day with meditation, a little gratitude journaling, and moving your body in whatever way feels best.
It has been proven that people with morning routines are more successful, productive, happier, and healthier. Why wouldn't we want to be one of them?
This is suppose to be fun! So have fun coming up with a morning routine that excites you and makes you NOT want to check your phone. Come up with a morning routine that feels nourishing, rejuvenating, and puts you in the RIGHT mindset. A mindset of scrolling does NOT lead to a successful life. But a mindset of gratitude, self-care, self-love... well with that my friend, you cannot fail at creating a beautiful life.
Here is another place to go old school- get an actual alarm clock. If you use your phone's alarm clock, you WILL be tempted to scroll and check. Using an old school alarm clock puts an end to that.
Now the same applies to your night routine. Some of our most zen and mindful staff members swear by not bringing their phones into the bedroom. They put their phones to charge in the kitchen, and off they go to their bedrooms to read and relax. Phones are not allowed in the bedroom. Instead, they read before bed, having meaningful conversations with their partners, play games, ask questions, connect...all of these are things we lose when we spend our precious time staring at our screen.
By establishing some boundaries with your nighttime routine and HONORING them, the quality of your sleep will greatly improve. Many of us have sleep issues and it's no surprise that sleep issues have risen with the advancement of devices. We take these devices into our bedrooms that emit blue light and disrupt our natural melatonin production. This blue light wires us up and all of the sudden, when we should be sleeping, our brain decides to play a collection of our worst life moments. It's not your brain's fault. The light emitting from your screens has it all messed up. So be kind to your brain. Honor a nighttime routine that feels good to you and give it some time. Before you know it, your quality of sleep will greatly improve and you'll wake up feeling refreshed instead of worn out.
We live in a day and age where we need to protect ourself from constant digital fatigue. You can do this. Start with the recommendations listed here. Do a 30-day experiment where you implement what you've learned and pay attention to how much BETTER you feel.
There's a whole life out here, away from screens, just waiting to be lived.