Habits: A Random Tuesday Morning, and Coffee Routine

Hey there, hi there, ho there. I’m feeling quite chipper this morning and it’s mainly because of caffeine. Thanks coffee!

But it’s not just because of caffeine. It’s also because I’ve been pretty great about taking care of my pre-caffeine morning self.

When I wake up, I have three things in mind: (1) get natural light exposure while avoiding electronic device-generated blue light (2) hydrate and (3) move.

I’ve stolen this routine from Aubrey Marcus. He details a great morning routine in his book “Own the Day” and ever since I’ve adopted his approach, my mornings have been much smoother and I’m much less reactive when under the influence of caffeine.

Why all this talk about coffee? Well, “coffee” is pretty much synonymous with “morning” here on Planet Earth, and you need to be able to healthily harness the power of coffee in order to have a successful work life.

This means instituting a type of pre-coffee ritual that supports a healthy relationship with coffee.

Coffee energizes, which is great, but it also dehydrates and depletes minerals. This is the balance that we have to be most aware of, I think, when crafting a pre-coffee ritual.

In order stay fluid, alert, and non-reactive under the influence of caffeine, try this protocol:

Daily, in the Morning:

(1) Hydrate (water with a sprinkle of sea-salt and a dash of lemon juice or apple cider vinegar) and move your body (jumping jacks, push-ups, yoga, pull-ups, etc.)

(2) Breathe deeply in a box pattern for a count of 6 reps.

(3) Expose your eyes and skin to sunlight

 

Weekly:

(1) Supplement with a bio-available mineral compound like shilajit

(2) Epsom salt soaks for feet or whole-body to restore magnesium levels

Habits: Wednesday Morning Before Work

I wake up at 7:30. It’s dreary in San Francisco and I haven’t seen the sun for some time. I’d like to share the sunrise with the sun but the clouds and drear make it impossible.

I don’t eat. I drink a glass of water out of a pint glass, a vessel that I’m too familiar with. Coffee calls and I grab my books and pack and walk down Folsom and then to 4th Street and on to Peets Coffee Shop where I want nothing but the Medium Roast. Medium to avoid to burnt, dark oils of a dark roast. My brain seems to enjoy the caffeine more.

I’m reading Desert Solitaire this morning before diving into the day. A brief and pleasurable respite that’s sure to draw me back each morning. A pleasure offered to my body as payment for earlier and earlier mornings. A game we, I mean “I”, play.