One advantage of the novel coronavirus is that my sleep schedule has changed. I can’t seem to sleep past 6:30 am. My husband refuses to get up that early, so I just go into the dining area, and sit in the relative darkness. Originally, I was just drinking coffee and catching up on Instagram. However, I realized that the quiet time is perfect for praying, and that utilizing this time wisely vastly improves the day ahead.
While I still use some of the time to catch up on social media, I don’t pull up my phone until I am done praying my morning prayers. I also occasionally prayer-journal, a practice that I enjoy, but somehow don’t get done as much as I would like. I also use some of that time to read and if applicable, to plan the day.
I find that I don’t really need to fill my morning with social media drama, because I am more satisfied with my prayer and reading time than with social media. This probably helps in setting the correct tone for the day.
This little morning routine sets me up for a peaceful day. It doesn’t mean that things don’t get hectic, because they sometimes do, but I don’t overwhelm myself as much. I am able to much better handle things as they come.
I find myself constantly talking to Jesus throughout the day on days that I go through morning prayer time than on days that I feed my mind social media. This is not to say that all social media is bad. It is just to say that Jesus fulfills better than what the world offers. I have less screen time, and I am more present to my family. Because I spend so much time with Jesus in prayer, every little act of caring for my family takes on a whole new meaning, as they become mindful acts of love.
In addition to starting my day in prayer, I like to end the day in the same way. I dedicate some prayer time, and maybe some reading, and then I gently go off to sleep.