Morning - what do you feel when you hear that word? I’m a slow morning person. My husband, whom I usually adore, wakes up perky and very “up and at ‘em”. Me, well, not so much. While rewiring, I tried a lot of things to embrace the morning.
One friend recommended an upbeat song list. I started slowly but surely to put together songs on a list I listened to every morning. Pretty eclectic - from show tunes to rap to country to disco to Christian contemporary. But they all made me move. One morning, I started dancing in front of the bathroom mirror and I felt a little something. I should note that dancing is a relative term - I wasn’t moving a lot at the time, and hip hop isn’t my forte. But for me, it was joyous and felt awesome.
So, every morning, I started dancing in front of the mirror in my bathrobe. And every day I felt a little lighter and a bit more awake. I started carrying my tunes with me from the bathroom into the kitchen. My husband was a bit wary at first - he has learned not to talk to me until after breakfast. And when he saw me singing and dancing in the kitchen while making my smoothie, he wasn’t quite sure what to think. He did love the upbeat morning Lynn, even if it meant listening to some different music up very loud.
Dancing was one of the tools in my toolkit that saved me. Dancing is distracting, it’s playful, it’s quiet or boisterous and most of all it is a lot of fun. I now dance all the time - I twirl around the house, I bust a move on the back deck, and I’ve been known to throw in a dance move while walking if the spirit strikes. I send upbeat songs to friends who now have lists of their own.
I encourage you to give it a try. Turn up your favorite song. Maybe just bob your head up and down. Try playing your own air drums or air guitar. Tap your fingers or your toes. And if you feel like it, dance like no one is watching.
You’ll feel great, I promise. You’ve got this!