Seize Your Day: Your Ideal Times for Self-Awareness Practice

Dr. Whitney Gordon-Mead
4 min readAug 22, 2023

Why is timing relevant in your self-awareness practice?

Every individual has their own intrinsic cycles, inherent pace, and innate rhythms. These rhythms are a series of bodily functions that work in roughly 24-hour cycles and are regulated by your internal clock. They control patterns like sleep, body temperature, heart rate, blood pressure, hormonal secretions, and more.

Throughout each day, you naturally experience shifts from heightened to lower awareness levels. ⁣Understanding this and respecting your internal clock can help you establish a healthy sleep routine, regulate metabolism, boost overall well-being, enhance self-awareness, and optimize productivity.⁣

Since self-awareness is affected by your natural rhythm and the demands of daily life, your mental state is deeply influenced by the time of day, your schedule, and your environment. The beauty of self-awareness practices is that they are flexible. So making the time, whether five minutes or an hour, to weave these practices into your schedule can profoundly elevate your life.

By syncing your awareness exercises with your natural rhythms, you acknowledge your humanity, honor your unique needs and potential, and harness your innate wisdom and creativity. For instance, morning hours may provide freshness and clarity, while the afternoon might require effort to focus. Evening, on the other hand, could be an ideal time for deep contemplation.

Recognizing your optimal times for self-awareness practices isn’t merely about sustaining your well-being; it’s an asset for leveraging your potential. The balance you receive from incorporating these practices throughout the day can enhance your relationships, career, and overall happiness.

Morning Practices: Wake Up With Awareness

Introspection

Morning, with its freshness and promise of a new day, is an excellent time for introspection. Set a positive tone for the day with a routine that includes gratitude journaling or mindfulness meditation.

Practical Tips

Simplicity is key. Start with a five-minute meditation or jot down dreams and goals. This can make a huge…

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Dr. Whitney Gordon-Mead
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CEO Intuit Wisdom, Speaker, Certified Coach, Ordained Minister. Dr. Whitney helps powerful women master the magic of life to experience freedom and fulfillment.