Intention setting: a better way to start the day

How often do you hit the snooze on your alarm and rush through your morning routine when you finally get out of bed? Maybe you do get up when your alarm goes off the first time, but you immediately start thinking of the many things on your to-do list for the day. Either way, we tend to miss an important opportunity when we don’t take a few moments to check-in with ourselves before starting the day.  

I completely understand how daunting it can seem to add something else to your morning schedule. Personally, my mornings are filled with packing lunches, taking care of pups, and somehow remembering to feed myself. At some point in my busy morning, I try my best to set an intention for the day. This small act of mindfulness reminds me to stay connected with myself and how I’d like to work toward my goals and needs. 

What is an intention?  

An intention is making a commitment to yourself. It is not something you can measure but more of a feeling. It’s the vibe you want to carry with you throughout the day. Think of it as a sort of guide for how you’ll navigate various moments. 

Intention setting helps to bring awareness in our remarkably busy lives. This small act each morning encourages us to be a little more present in our thoughts and actions. Furthermore, the practice of setting an intention for the day helps to develop a mindset that will aid in achieving the goals we have for our lives.  

Examples of daily intentions:  

  • Today I will be my most authentic self 
  • Today I will embrace change 
  • Today I will be present in my interactions with others 
  • Today I will trust my intuition 
  • Today I will be open to new possibilities 
  • Today I will extend grace to myself 

Remember to be kind to yourself. These intentions are commitments to yourself. Setting an intention for the day is a loving reminder, not an unforgiving rule. My hope is this small act each day will help you feel more connected to yourself. 

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About Whitney Miklos: 

Whitney is a Supervisee in Clinical Social Work and provides teletherapy to residents of Virginia. She graduated from Bridgewater College with a B.S. in Sociology and a minor in Social Work. She then received her Master’s in Social Work from Tulane University. Throughout her time at Tulane, she worked with both undergraduate and graduate students at Loyola University New Orleans Campus to provide individual therapy, crisis intervention, and other social work services.

Upon graduation, Whitney has continued to provide individual therapy to young adults and adolescents in various settings. She has also had the opportunity to provide consultation to educators seeking to become more trauma-informed in the classroom. Whitney has also provided support services to caregivers. Whitney honors the unique needs of each individual and believes it is important to tailor treatment accordingly.

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