In my last post, I shared with you my current morning routine. This week I wanted to share with you some of the things you can try to develop your own.
One thing I’ve learnt through creating mine is that as with all new things, it’s imperative that you take small steps. If you go from waking up at 8am and diving straight into your work, to waking up at 6am and doing 45 minutes of yoga, followed by 20 minutes of meditation, then writing in your gratitude journal, then going for a walk etc you can quickly become overwhelmed (and run out of time!)
There are SO many things we can try and squeeze in before the day starts, but it’s not about trying to do all of them at once or for the recommended 20-60 minutes you’ve probably read about. That defeats the point. This ritual is supposed to set you up for a successful day, not for failure or exhaustion! Once the habit is in place, you can start to increase things as and when you feel comfortable. Just start small and with what feels easiest first, then build it from there. If that means 5 minutes of yoga and 1 minute of meditation, begin there.
With the list below, my advice would be to have a read through and start by just choosing one thing and do that consistently over the next 30 days. Choose the one that feels easiest, or the most appealing, and decide how much time to dedicate to it. Let go of what you ‘should’ do and how long for and instead, see this as an opportunity to do something for yourself before the day has even begun.
- Warm Lemon Water. Drink a cup of warm lemon water first thing after waking up
- Mindful Herbal Tea. You can follow this up with or instead have a herbal tea of your choice and sip it mindfully (it’s a good idea to have one of these before drinking your morning coffee as you will need to hydrate yourself after sleeping)
- Light a candle and create a sacred space just for you.
- Dream Journal. Write down the dreams you had and notice what comes up. Is there something that keeps reoccurring? Can you try interpreting what message they might be trying to tell you?
- Pray as part of your religious or spiritual practice.
- Gratitude. Give thanks out loud or in a journal.
- Yoga. For me, this is not about doing an intensive workout and that’s why I love watching Yoga with Adriene. I choose her videos based on how I feel that morning and often choose more restorative practices.
- Meditate whether it’s for 1, 5, 10, 20 mins or an hour. You can listen to an audio, or just pay attention to your breathing. There are so many different types of meditation for you to try so start off by finding one which suits you.
- Emotional Brain Training. This is an incredible technique used to interrupt negative thought patterns and replace with positive ones to set you up for the day.
- Emotional Freedom Technique also known as Tapping. This involves using pressure from your fingers to gently tap acupuncture points on your body, in order to release the negative emotions being held there.
- Positive Affirmations. Try saying positive affirmations out loud, or writing them down if you’re in company. Things like ‘I am strong.’ ‘Today is a good day.’ ‘I am worthy of this moment.’ Think of phrases that work for you and make them empowering statements.
- Visualisation. Start visualising how you want your day to go, how you want to feel, what your dream life looks like. Your brain doesn’t know what’s real and what’s not. If you can imagine your day going well, your brain will believe that is the reality, and overtime you will feel more at ease and therefore your body will be under less stress.
- Music. Listen to motivational or soothing music. Listen to songs that make you feel good, whether it’s a cheesy bit of S Club, a dramatic Disney classic, a chilled Indie tune, some country rock, anything goes… Just choose something that uplifts you.
- Create! Write, paint, draw. So much has happened in our subconscious whilst we were asleep that it can be helpful to channel it into something creative in order to get out of our heads and into the present. You might be amazed at what you can create as well!
- Walk. Feeling the fresh air on your skin first thing in the morning can be really invigorating, especially if it’s cool, and give you a refreshing wake-me-up. Daylight also wakes up our brain and body, helping us to let go of our sleepiness and get started with our day.
- Exercise. If you want something to get your body moving more, which gets your heart racing, or something that feels more challenging, try running, dancing, HIIT, or whatever you’re drawn to. Just make sure to start small so you can make it a habit that sticks!
- Do nothing. We’re always trying to keep ourselves busy, doing what we need to do and what we feel we should do. Give yourself a few minutes in the morning to not worry about where you have to go or what you have to do. Allow yourself some time to just be. You may find your body has a very important message for you.
Whatever you choose to do from this list, I emphasise AGAIN to start small. Choose one thing and make it something you enjoy. You can challenge yourself later on once you’ve got more of a habit in place. Think of it as laying the foundation for a house. You wouldn’t build the walls before laying down the groundwork, so create yourself a strong, comfortable base that you’re happy with then design your home in whatever way you wish. Have fun and let me know what you come up with! 🙂