Three Things To Do Before Opening Your Eyes in The Morning

Three things in less than three minutes to start feeling good every day

The Thrive Global Community welcomes voices from many spheres on our open platform. We publish pieces as written by outside contributors with a wide range of opinions, which don’t necessarily reflect our own. Community stories are not commissioned by our editorial team and must meet our guidelines prior to being published.

Well OK, I wear a sleep mask so it is easier not to open my eyes before I do these things. I keep the mask on because this way those three minutes become part of that wonderful in-between state of mind: awake but not exactly.  

1) As soon as I turn off the alarm or wake up on my own, I lay on my back take a big breath, and follow Dr. Weil’s 4-7-8 breathing exercise: four counts breathing in, seven counts holding the breath, and eight counts breathing out, all smoothly and continuously, four times. He recommends it twice a day preferably in the morning and in the evening. Here you can see Dr. Weil’s video: (1 min.)

2) Next, I recite (in my head) a list of things that I’m grateful for. I have been doing this intuitively since I was a child because no matter how modest our life used to be, I always felt lucky and grateful for what I had. (1 min)

3) Last, I stretch. Yes, I stretch lying on the bed, arms high, with tows stretched, then heals stretched, moving my right/left hip up and down, and finally circling my ankles inward and outward. So, even if I never get to any exercise during the day, at least I did a little bit of stretching that my joints will appreciate.

With that I’m ready to put my blue silky sleep mask on my lavender silky pillow and a sliver of a smile on my face to start a new day!

There is something good about being able to stick to a daily routine of any kind. I found these three steps easy to do because they make me feel good and they make a noticeable difference in the way I start the day. You decide for yourself: try it for a week and then skip the next and voila, your own experimental study whether you should start a new routine with eyes closed.

Share your comments below. Please read our commenting guidelines before posting. If you have a concern about a comment, report it here.

You might also like...

sethakan/Getty Images

The 9 Best Breathing Techniques for Sleep

by Healthline

It Is Possible to Put an End to Sleepless Nights

by Suze Yalof Schwartz

How YOU can Uncover the Secret to Effective Self Care

by Alison Rakotonirina

Sign up for the Thrive Global newsletter

Will be used in accordance with our privacy policy.

Thrive Global
People look for retreats for themselves, in the country, by the coast, or in the hills . . . There is nowhere that a person can find a more peaceful and trouble-free retreat than in his own mind. . . . So constantly give yourself this retreat, and renew yourself.


We use cookies on our site to give you the best experience possible. By continuing to browse the site, you agree to this use. For more information on how we use cookies, see our Privacy Policy.