How to stay inspired: Friday Inspire Day, morning unplugged.

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This Friday edition of ‘how to stay inspired’ is something that has been super helpful for me personally in the last little while. Let me first begin by telling you how much I love my bed in the mornings. It’s not that I think that mornings are inherently terrible, it’s just that my bed in the morning is so inherently wonderful. My ideal working hours would exist somewhere between 10am to 3am if I’m totally honest. Usually the thing that (eventually) gets me out of bed is my phone going off – my one-half-eye trying to open to push the snooze button.

(I’m generally very flirtatious with this little snooze button, and have been known to come back for more on several luscious occasions.)

Once the snooze button has managed to defeat me and the bright screen of my phone has infiltrated enough into my brain to get my eyelids to open, then do I really wake up. And, well, since my phone is in my hand at this point, I guess it just makes sense to scroll through instagram.

This possibly isn’t quite the picture you had in your mind of the go-getter-morning-vitality-RISE-WITH-THE-LARKS-one-thousand-burpees-before-sunrise-kale-smoothie-yoga-teacher image you had in mind. Sorry about that. I am working on it. Summer does make it infinitely easier.

Over the last few weeks, I have bought myself an alarm clock. An actual alarm clock. With a ringer so loud, that I think I actually sleep half the night on edge, making sure to CATCH it before it wakes up the ENTIRE building. I leave my phone in the other room and wake up without the internet being the first thing I consume. So far it is honestly working wonders for me and creates such a different shift for me for the rest of my day – so I’d like to offer it to you as this Friday Inspire day….

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Buy an alarm clock. A real one. Make it loud, make it snoozeless. Figure out how to set it, (it takes a while). Remove the phone, take it out of the equation. Wake up unplugged. Wake up disconnected. Wake up more connected, to your body in the bed, to the breath in the body, to the movements of the day. Breathe in the day. Make the first movements of your day, without technology, without checking in, but completely checking in. Rise, Shine, set intentions for your day. – pic snapped @home, 25 May 2016 

  1. Abs on May 27, 2016 at 12:08 pm

    I really want to do this but find any number of excuses to keep my phone by my bed. How did you start? Is this going to be one of those ‘just do it’ scenarios??

    • Ché Dyer on May 27, 2016 at 12:30 pm

      It’s definitely challenging in the beginning! Maybe start by giving yourself a screen time cut off for the evening. 10pm and the screen goes away! Then hopefully by the time you’re ready for bed, you’re not thinking about your phone (too much!). You definitely need an alarm clock – as that was the main reason for me having my phone next to my bed! Just try it for one night and morning and see how it goes!! <3

      • Abs on May 27, 2016 at 1:01 pm

        Yes I’m definitely guilty of using it right up until I go to bed so a cut off time would be a good place to start. Maybe if I leave it out of the bedroom just once a week or something for now and see how it goes. I don’t even need an alarm clock as I have two small children who are up at the crack of dawn every single day so I really have no need for it in my bedroom!
        Thanks for your reply

        • Ché Dyer on May 27, 2016 at 1:08 pm

          Yes start with once a week and see how it goes! 🙂 (its definitely hard to begin with – but SO rewarding once it gets going! Also – I would suggest keeping something next to your bed like a journal, so that you immediately have something to do when you wake up to replace the phone! Three lines of gratitude is way better than 500 scrolls through facebook! 🙂

  2. Abs on May 27, 2016 at 12:09 pm

    Sorry I have somehow posted a similar comment twice, argh

    • Ché Dyer on May 27, 2016 at 12:35 pm

      haha no problem! 🙂

  3. Allie on June 14, 2016 at 7:36 pm

    I love how you say…. figure out how to set it, because I’ve experienced that same problem, LOL. I’m in your exact boat, like to a tee haha – sleeping in, rounds of snoozing, bright light attacking my eyes, and then social media. It’s terrible, I know that, but for some reason I keep doing it!!!

    I had every intention of unplugging, using my alarm clock, banning the phone from the room, and somehow it didn’t become a priority. I’ll piggyback of your intention and get back on the unplugged train, because damn – us yogis do need to represent/show up for ourselves.

    Cheers to unplugged mornings – xoxo!

    • Che Dyer on June 14, 2016 at 8:23 pm

      haha! social media can be a complete sucker in the mornings!! Good luck with it! Let me know how it goes! x

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