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What is the first thing to be done after Getting up from BED?

Updated on December 19, 2008

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We rise early on work mornings which in our house run Tuesday through Saturday. Early translates into six am. I usually get up first on week days and get things ready and my wife takes care of the weekends when we sleep in somewhat longer.

The first thing I do is visit the bathroom. The second thing that I do is head downstairs where I put on the kettle, grind the coffee beans and put them in the French press.

My next step is to open the front blinds then the blinds on the patio door and then the door itself to feel the day. In winter that pretty much wakes me up.

Next comes a glass of water and a series of stretching exercises which are complete by the time the kettle boils.

I then pour the water into the French press put the lid on and go sit on the couch for ten minutes of quiet contemplation.

My wife is usually waking at this point and beginning her morning routine.

When the coffee has stepped long enough, we sit down in the living room and have two cups usually with half a banana and chat about the day ahead.


This quiet chat time over coffee gets us up to speed with what we are doing in our professional lives, ideas, dreams, wishes, and it is a great time to talk about anything that we need to discuss from holidays to household chores.

The quiet chat time repeats itself in the evening when she returns from work. Then we have a cup of tea rather than coffee, usually an herbal infusion such as a mint or a ginger and lemon blend.

We have been following this routine for almost 30 years and it is precious.

After the morning quiet chat, it is time for breakfast. Not that we stop talking but the pace picks up as it is time for her to get ready to leave for work and time for me to prepare to head for my home office.

Our mornings are long and leisurely and the time we take enables us to tackle calmly any issues that may arise.

Just as breakfast is the most important meal of the day so are our morning chats the most important moments.

We vary our routines in other ways but the morning and after work rituals have remained the same throughout our partnership and will continue to do so.

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  • Bob Ewing profile image

    Bob Ewing 9 years ago from New Brunswick

    Avoiding the snooze button is good advice. I use 2 alarm clocks set a two minutes apart and the 2nd one requires us to get out of bed to shut it off.

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    Rebecca Graf 9 years ago from Wisconsin

    The literal first thing is try not to hit snooze too many times. Recently, though, my husband and I have begun having a few minutes of quite because with three youngsters running around, it is nigh impossible to get anytime alone. That has really helped us.

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    Bob Ewing 9 years ago from New Brunswick

    It takes time to get the routine honed, thanks for dropping by.

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    sabrebIade 9 years ago from Pennsylvania

    Get up, make coffee, go online, check how my programs are doing, meditate for twenty minutes, reheat coffee thats been sitting there for twenty minutes (looks like I'd figure that one out one day huh?) get to work!

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    Bob Ewing 9 years ago from New Brunswick

    I do that at times as well. thanks for the visit.

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    Dr Kulsum Mehmood 9 years ago from Nagpur, India

    Try to recollect my dreams first thing in the morning.

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    Bob Ewing 9 years ago from New Brunswick

    Dottie,the go back to bed part I understand.

    I believe the mood we start the day in follows us throughout.

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    Vibhavari 9 years ago from India

    hi, I so agree with you that what one does in the morning on waking up is a precious routine, especially if it includes some time spent in contemplation / meditation. It sets the tone for the day.

    A little word of caution for those who groan on waking up- be careful, the events of the day might just give you more to groan about!

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    Dottie1 9 years ago from MA, USA

    Wash Face. Drink Coffee. Eat Food. Sit Quietly. Then go back to bed!

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    Bob Ewing 9 years ago from New Brunswick

    my pleasure.

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    hubber-2009 9 years ago from India

    Thanks Bob Ewing for posting this page for my Request..

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    Bob Ewing 9 years ago from New Brunswick

    good advice cgull, thanks for stopping by.

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    cgull8m 9 years ago from North Carolina

    I also more or less do the same.

    Compu-smart, maybe you should do this exercise, I do this every day it is very helpful, I feel awake instantly and no back aches

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    Bob Ewing 9 years ago from New Brunswick

    we all start the day in our own way. :)

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    Compu-Smart 9 years ago from London UK

    I groan lol