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Waking up with a concussion isn’t always easy. You have to open your eyes, get out of bed, realizing you’re still not healed and experience a lot of pain, brain fog and feelings of depression. I know how it feels, I have been there. But there is one thing that really helped me: using my morning ritual to start my day in a more positive, energized and healthy way.
My evening ritual before going to bed
Did you know that the thoughts of the last 5 minutes before falling asleep are the thoughts you will wake up with? So if those thoughts are negative, you are likely going to start your day with some negative thoughts as well. I tried doing some affirmations in the 5 minutes before going to bed:
My body is healing itself.
Great things are coming my way.
My health is getting better every day.
I am grateful for every step towards healing.
And I am thinking of all kinds of positive things that happened during the day, even if those things were small things like the sun shining, my dinner etc. Don’t give up if you don’t notice the difference immediately, it takes time to reset your mindset.
First thing in the morning - Water & Smoothie
When I wake up, the first thing I do is think about some positive things. This can mean anything – things you’re grateful for, things that make you happy, the people around you, you name it. After that I will drink 2 glasses of water, it gives your body the energy and you will stay hydrated. I follow it up with 2 pieces of fruits and most important for me, my green miracle smoothie!
These are the ingredients:
1 teaspoon cacao
1 teaspoon flaxseeds
1 teaspoon chia Seeds
1 teaspoon maca powder
1 scoop of (sugar free) pea protein
Of course, you can make your own healthy smoothie, I suggest you put a lot of vegetables in it. It will give you a boost, it helps with brain fog and I am not craving sugar anymore when I start my day like this. Try it for at least a week!
Second thing in the morning - Meditation
After having my water and my smoothie I sit down somewhere where I can’t be disturbed, I add water and lavender to my aroma diffuser and I will sit down for at least 10 minutes to meditate. You don’t have to make a big fuzz out of it. Just sit down, close your eyes and focus on your breath. If some thoughts are coming up, just notice them and focus again on your breath.
Tip: The app Calm and Insight Timer are my favourites.
Third thing in the morning - Affirmations & Visualisation
Let’s be honest – in the beginning I didn’t “believe” in things like this but after doing them a while it made a huge difference for me. Saying things again and again to your brain means there will be a time when your brain starts to “believe” them and creating a new mindset!
Examples the affirmations I say to myself:
My body is healthy and beautiful
I am grateful for my health
I believe my brain can heal itself
I am feeling strong and confident
I start everyday with positive energy
I take care of my body
My body is getting stronger every day
I heal my body with love
I am in alignment with my purpose
I am doing the best I can
I don’t stop before I have what I want
I attract amazing people in my life
I believe in myself
I am worthy of love
I accept myself exactly as I am
I live in the moment
I got inner piece that gives me control of my life
I trust the process, I trust the universe
Today I won’t stress about what I can’t control
Be creative and make your own affirmations about what’s important to you.
About the visualisation part, I just made clear what my dreams are, my goals and everything I want in life: better health, getting fit and more energy, finding my soulmate/a good relationship, my dream house, travelling the world, a clear skin, more friends who understand how I feel and financial security.
I went to Pinterest and just picked the photos who made me feel like I already had those things. I printed them out and added them to my vision board. I look at it every morning and try to pretend I am already having these things in my life.
Fourth thing: Stretching / Exercise
I am always feeling so much better when I do some stretching or exercising in the morning to wake up. Even if you don’t feel really good, try to do it for at least 10 minutes. Your brain really needs the oxygen to heal, it’s so important.
This is how my exercise “schedule” looks like:
Monday: Rest day
Tuesday: Fitness - Leg exercises
Wednesday: Yin or Restorative Yoga
Thursday: Fitness - Upper body exercises + interval training
Friday: Fitness - Leg exercises
Saturday: Yang/Yin Yoga or a restday
Sunday: Fitness - A full body training
Let me be honest with you, it took me almost 4 years to be able to manage this schedule. In my first year I barely did anything because I didn’t feel well, but it’s so important to do at least the bare minimum you can do. So, I pushed myself to start with gentle walks or doing some gentle yoga. It helped and made me feel more positive, it felt like my mind got more connected more to my body.
Try to set your own boundaries, make your own schedule. If you’re not doing anything at the moment, just start gentle. For example, go for a 20-minute walk or do yoga for 20 minutes, 2 times a week. Try to increase it over time, be gentle and take one step at a time.
Fifth thing: Learning something new
The idea of putting my life on “pause” wasn’t the best feeling ever, to put it mildly. Learning new things keeps you positive and gives you a powerful feeling. This can be everything! New things I learned:
Hypnosis course (doing the
Listening to inspiring podcasts
Listening to self-development audio books
Visiting a new place and just wander around
Tip: Join Mindvalley, they have all kinds of personal growth courses. You can just pick a start date and join a course including support from the community. The one I recommend is: “Everyday bliss – Eliminate Stress With Leading Hypnotherapist Paul McKenna”.
How does your morning look like? Do you think you can change some things to feel better and to improve your recovery process?