Make the most of your mornings with a ritual YOU love
You know that feeling when your alarm goes off, disrupting your peaceful slumber, and instead of breaking free from the toasty blanket cocoon you are wrapped up in, you roll over, hit snooze and get those extra 5 minutes of rest, maybe even a few times over? You’re not the only one. We are all guilty of it – but it is time to break the habit and the time is now!
It has been said that the most productive people are those who develop a consistent morning routine and stick with it. Why? As Annie Dillard once said “how you spend your day is, of course, how you spend your life” and who doesn’t want to spend their days kicking goals and feeling tip top whilst doing so.
Here are a few simple tips and tricks to creating a morning ritual that will not only kick start your day, it will empower you to live your best life each and every single day.
- Rise early – set your alarm early enough to allow yourself to ease in to the day with something you love doing. You may want to spend this spare time meditating, having a cup of tea and reading a chapter of your book, listening to an interesting podcast, pampering yourself a little with dry brushing, tongue scraping or oil pulling, or maybe you are a true early bird and like watching the sunrise. Whatever it may be, make sure it is something that will entice you out of bed knowing the first thing you get to do for the day is something you love.
- Deep breaths – one of the simplest yet most beautiful practices is that of deep breathing. Taking a step outside in the morning, regardless of the weather, and taking in three deep breaths can do wonders for awakening the senses and making you feel alive! It is easy to get caught up in the chaos of our daily routines so before you go thinking about what today’s to-do list consists of, a peaceful moment outside amongst nature is a wonderful way to calm and centre yourself for the day ahead.
- Gratitude – one of the great secrets of a good life is being grateful. Everywhere we look we are bombarded with upgrades of all the latest must haves; a new phone with a better camera (imagine all of the selfie possibilities!) or a new car with cutting edge features (no need to avoid those tricky parallel parking spots now, the car will take care of it for you!). Instead of getting caught up in all the have-nots, shift your focus and take the time to remind yourself of just how much you already have. Jot down a few things each morning that you are grateful for, writing it down makes it all the more real and not just a concept in our minds. Happiness is that little seed inside of you that is watered a little more each time we express gratitude.
- Make your bed – okay, I know I am starting to sound a lot like your mum right now, but the woman has a point! It is one of the first and easiest tasks to complete for the day so why not start off on a roll. Plus, you have to agree that it feels a whole lot sweeter at the end of a long hard day crawling in to a beautifully made bed instead of a chaotic heap of crumpled sheets. If you still don’t believe your mum and I, watch this short YouTube video and you’ll never let your bed go unmade again. (You may also want to join the army..)
- Have a glass of warm water – when we wake up in the morning we have had a good 7-8 hours without drinking any water so it is important to get the hydration flowing again. Our bodies more easily digest warm water as opposed to cold making it a gentle and effective way to get your insides back in motion. Adding lemon juice or apple/coconut cider vinegar helps to aid digestion for the day ahead, assists in cleansing the body of toxins, rejuvenates your skin and helps boost your energy levels.
- Move your body – if getting all hot and sweaty first thing in the morning makes you light headed just thinking about it, you can still get those mood boosting endorphins flowing by easing in to the day with a walk or a light stretch. This also allows your muscles to length and gets all of your beautiful blood cells kick-started and pumping through your system.
- Write a to-do list – once you are well awake and about ready to face the world, take a few minutes to write a quick list of the things you need to complete. This sets your intention and provides you with direction for the day ahead. Now take a look at your to-do list, you see that one thing you are already lacking motivation for and know you’re likely to get a new PB for procrastinating from? Get straight to it! Completing your largest or most difficult task first will give you the energy and momentum to keep going and have a productive day, one worthy of a reward in the form of a glass of wine and I don’t know about you, but I think that is something worth working for!
There is no point dragging yourself out of bed at an ungodly hour (we’re not all seasoned early morning risers, and that’s okay!) to undergo a gruelling 2 hour ‘ritual’ of all the things you’ve read that will make a good start to your morning. Remember, a morning ritual is supposed to consist of the things YOU love and gently nurture yourself from the cosy cloud of sheets of your bed, to being ready to conquer the world; with a smile on your face and a skip in your step.
What does your morning ritual consist of? Share it with us in the comments below :)