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Morning routine: What do you do with your first waking hour?

The first hour of the day is very important. It usually sets the pace for how the rest of the day will go. I like to wake up before the rest of the house gets up. It helps me have a full hour to myself and plan the rest of my day. Gone are the days when I have to drag myself out of bed. These days, I take charge of my day by going to bed a little earlier than I used to do and waking up an hour before the kiddies get out. Having that full hour gives me the time to meditate, pray, reflect, and listen to uplifting tracks and podcasts. I also find some time to exercise later in the morning but that is after my first waking hour. What do you do with your first waking hour? What does your morning routine look like?

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Morning routine: What do you do with your first waking hour?

Waking up earlier than required allows you to spend the time doing what you need to do to start your day right. The first hour allows you to spend time on what matters to you and I get a lot done in that first waking hour. Everyone should have some sort of morning routine. The time you wake doesn’t really matter. It all depends on your lifestyle and household. I like to wake up for 6 am because that time works great. It allows me to get the right amount of sleep and wake earlier than the rest of the house, without feeling grumpy or tired.

This morning routine is a big thing for me. I was never a morning person until having the twins forced me to be a morning person. Even then, I was still very much a night owl until some months ago. These days, I like to be in bed before 11 pm,( most times I am in bed a lot earlier) and I have realised I am a lot happier. My morning routine keeps me energised and getting to sleep a lot more is great for my mental health.

Do you have a morning routine?

 

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5 reasons you shouldn’t use your phone whilst driving

Just quickly skipping the next song on your playlist, glancing at that message you just received from your mom or replying to that urgent work email that your boss just sent across. All of these sound like things we use our smart devices for every single day, but when we add in the element of driving and being behind the wheel, these simple acts suddenly turn deadly.

Using your phone whilst driving can cost lives, and thousands of innocent people every year, drivers, cyclists and motorists alike, fall victim to the negligible and utterly selfish actions of others – click the link if you’re looking for Jewish lawyers near me.

We’ve all been there, been tempted to check out phones to satisfy our curiosity whilst driving. Afterall, it's only for a couple of seconds…what could happen? The truth is that when we’re behind the wheel every second counts and you need to be completely focused on what’s ahead.

 

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Here we’ve compiled 5 reasons you shouldn’t use your phone whilst driving.

You’re more likely to crash

As mentioned above, when you’re behind the wheel you need to have your wits about you and your concentration firmly on the road ahead. Sadly, looking at your phone, replying to messages and skipping the songs on your playlist even if it’s just for a moment, makes you more likely to crash your vehicle or make a catastrophic mistake behind the wheel. It’s just not worth it.

You’re risking the lives of others

Even if you’re not wholly bothered about your own safety, you should take a moment to consider the other lives you’re putting in danger. From pedestrians on the street to the people in other cars, cyclists, motorbike riders and the passengers in your own vehicle.

 

It’s illegal!

Depending on the state that you’re in, you may find yourself on the wrong side of the law if you’re caught using your phone behind the wheel. If you’re caught by the authorities then you can expect a fine, if you cause an accident then jail time is likely.

Your reaction time is slower

Studies have shown that when you’re using your phone behind the wheel, your reaction time is significantly reduced. Making a crash all the more likely.

All you have to do is pull over

If you can’t possibly go any further without checking that notification then all you need to do is pull over. You don’t need to use your phone behind the wheel!

Charity of the month – Dream Catchers Dance Nigeria

To start off 2020 properly, let me introduce you all to my charity of the month. This month, the charity I am supporting is Dream Catchers Dance Nigeria. I have been following this charity for months now after finding their Instagram page by chance thanks to P Diddy’s feed. He shared a clip of some of the children dancing to a track and I was super impressed. The amazing dance moves of the cute kids caught my attention and have had it since. The lady behind this charity – Seyi Oluyole, is doing a fantastic job getting the kids off the streets and providing for them. She created Dream Catchers Dance Nigeria in 2014 to help street kids and children from low-income families get an education.

 

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Poverty in Nigeria

In Nigeria, many children have to go without basic stuff everyday, education being one of them. Around  10.5 million children, between the ages of 5 and 14 years, are not in school. And only 61% between the ages of 6 and 11 years regularly attend primary school. These stats are disheartening, which is why I am glad there is a charity like Dream Catchers Dance helping the education invest in their future. This amazing team are doing a lot to help the children, getting them off the streets, giving them a home and keeping them busy with dance.

I read Oluyole’s story on the Aljazeera website and I was blown away to discover how far Seyi Oluyole has cone with the kids and how they got to where they are now. Here is a brief quote from the interview –

“Millions of children are out of school, poverty levels are high, and thousands loiter in the streets,” she says. “Addressing these challenges take really a lot of time – with our work we’re doing our own bit, and hopefully with more funding and support we can scale it to reach much more children even though that doesn’t necessarily reach everybody.”

 

 

 

You can find out more about Dream Catchers Nigeria on their Instagram page. The children are so adorable and will definitely put a smile on your face.  Also, please join me in supporting the Dream Catchers here.

Thanks for reading, sharing, liking and commenting. All these are ways to support the charity as well, as it means more eyeballs will see this post.

 

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