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Sustainable Starts

By Jacquelyn Schneller - 6/13/2013

A nice summer day
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Get up on the wrong side of the bed and you're grumpy. Get up on the green side of the bed and you're saving the world! And the side of the bed opposite to green? I'm not even sure what to call it, but waking up there, less than green, can make it difficult to bounce back into green.

Imagine eating a double cheeseburger for breakfast. What's the point of any subsequent health food or moderation? The day feels wasted. Let's avoid the green day equivalent to that diet crushing cheeseburger with a green morning that trickles into a happy and environmentally fulfilling day. We can't control the magic power of our beds, but we can plan ahead to give ourselves the best chance at that green and relaxing morning.

Morning routines are something personal and can differ drastically among individuals. The routines should, ultimately, be planned just as uniquely and personally as each and every reader. There is no cookie-cutter, perfect green wake-up that envelopes and works for every person. There are, however, a few general tips to consider when devising your own green wake-up.

  • Allow yourself enough time to do things right. Whether it's allowing yourself enough time to walk to work instead of driving; to wash packaging for recycling instead of hurriedly tossing it in the trash, or to remember to close the refrigerator door, the more time you give yourself and the less hurried you feel, the higher your chances of doing things mindfully and to your heart's green intentions.
  • Allow yourself to do things mindfully. Take time in the morning to greet your plants, domestic plants or those from a window's view. Note their needs and growth (and attend to them, if they're yours!) If you practice yoga or meditation, do it! If you don't, take a few moments to imagine your day and sustainable goals. Imagine a green and fulfilling day.
  • Don't dwell on the yesterdays. The glorious thing about sleep is that it cleanses our todays. Let it. You have a fresh start, so take it!
  • Take notes of what works and what doesn't work in your morning routine. This is especially important when introducing new routines, but is also extremely useful in evaluation, tweaking or spicing up old morning grooves.

Above all else, remember to listen to yourself. It's your morning, after all!


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