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By all these lovely tokens
September days are here,
With summer’s best of weather
And autumn’s best of cheer.

Helen Hunt Jackson - September
The breezes taste
Of apple peel.
The air is full
Of smells to feel-
Ripe fruit, old footballs,
Burning brush,
New books, erasers,
Chalk, and such.
The bee, his hive,
Well-honeyed hum,
And Mother cuts
Like plates washed clean
With suds, the days
Are polished with
A morning haze.

John Updike, September
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Marianne's Tuesday 8am session 25 February: What makes you get out of bed in the morning?

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What motivates you to get out of bed in the morning? This article describes a Japanese theory 'ikigai.'


Ikigai is defined as one’s “reason for which you wake up in the morning”, which can be interpreted as your purpose in life. The principal aspects of ikigai, as stated by neuroscientist Ken Mogi, are starting small and accepting yourself, connecting with others and the planet, finding joy in little things and being present.

The principal aspects of ikigai are starting small and accepting yourself, connecting with others and the planet, finding joy in little things and being present.

1) Start with some exercise - any kind that works for you: go for a walk, yoga in your living room, dancing while you eat your breakfast… whatever floats your boat!

2) Morning fuel - not only is breakfast the most important meal of the day, but it should be one of the most enjoyable. If you make a habit of having your favourite things soon after you get up (for example, chocolate and coffee), dopamine will be released in your brain, reinforcing the actions of getting up. If you have a tasty breakfast to look forward to, you’re far more likely to leave the comfort of your bed the minute your stomach rumbles.

3) Social start
Early social interaction could benefit you greatly. However social media doesn’t replace human contact. One of the pillars of ikigai is connecting with others so finding the time to have a small catch-up with someone could do wonders for your mood. Even sending someone a quick message to brighten their day could have the same effect.

Maybe this is very obvious. “If you wake up [energized], you’re going to carry that energy through the rest of the day,” says productivity expert and coach Ellen Goodwin. Starting your morning with little “wins” (having an outfit picked out and ready to go, working out and leaving on time) primes your brain to work toward more “wins” and successes throughout the day, Goodwin explains. This article goes into a bit more detail with its 9 tips for helping make the rest of the day more productive.


Nine tips
1. Plan ahead!
2. Resist the snooze - turning in at night and waking up in the morning at the same time everyday
3. Drink water
4. Meditate
5. Exercise
6. Get outside in the sun
7. Make coffee (at home)
8. Eat breakfast
9. Spend time with your family and friends

How do you start the day? What gets you out of bed, raring to go? Do you go to bed and get up at the same time or all you all over the place? Are you a morning person or a night owl?


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