How you decide to spend your morning has a huge impact on the rest of your day.
It can be the difference between a productive day or one that ends in frustration. I think this applies more than ever during this quarantine period when the days seem to merge into each other and our regular routines have lost their meaning.
If you have a bad morning, you are more likely to feel stressed and rushed during the day. On the other hand, if you have a good morning, you are more likely to feel happy during the day, energized, and able to take on physical tasks or emotional burdens with much more ease.
The bottom line is that mornings matter.
The way to develop healthy habitual behavior is by becoming intentional with it. Make a conscious decision to form good habits by sticking to them over and over again until they become part of your unconscious routine or second nature.
Does your current routine energize you?
Feeling grounded and ready for the day?
Or are you simply draining yourself before you’ve even started?
Take an honest look at how you usually start your day. The habits you create in the morning influence how you feel, think, act and speak throughout the rest of the day.
We all have responsibilities that need to be dealt with in the morning, maybe you have kids to take care of, or tasks that need to be dealt with first thing. Even so, it is so important that you set aside some time just for you to prepare your body and mind for the day ahead.
A morning ritual can be as long or as short as you need, as long as you are taking care of your vibration first.
Let’s look at some great habits to add to your routine to ensure you’re vibrating high all day and acting, feeling, and thinking from the best version of yourself.
You can do any of these in the order that feels right – they are simply suggestions to help you start your day off to success.
1. Ground yourself with Meditation
Starting your day by connecting and staying in the present moment is a wonderful way to ensure you feel calm, alert and ready for whatever the day throws at you. It is your time to connect, even briefly, with yourself. Check in with yourself and make that important connection with how you feel.
If you don’t know how to meditate, just close your eyes and take deep breaths in and out and just try to focus on the brief moment between breaths. The important thing is to take time to stop your mind, quiet your system, and stop before you rush through your day.
2. Energize Your Body
Take time for some movement in the morning. It doesn’t have to be a full body workout or a full yoga session, some simple stretches can be all you need to leave your body feeling alive, awake, and ready for the world. Starting your day with movement energizes both body and mind, gets your blood flowing, and helps clear away stagnant energy or mental chatter.
My advice? Switch up what you do and see what works best for you. It can be a brisk walk outside in nature, 10 minutes of sun salutations, or a quick set of jumping jacks and sit-ups.
Practicing gratitude before you get out of bed is an amazing way to start your day. It only takes a minute! You can do this while you are still lying down. All you have to do is bring to mind one thing you are grateful for in your life and let your whole body bask in this feeling of gratitude.
4. Create Positive Vibes
This is one of my favorite parts of my own morning ritual. Put on some positive, uplifting music or recite some positive affirmations while you make your bed, shower, get dressed, and eat breakfast. It doesn’t have to take long but it will serve you well throughout the rest of your day as it stimulates and awakens your mind as well as raising your vibrational frequency.
5. Have a To-Do List for the Day
This is especially helpful during quarantine when our tasks can either seem vague or completely overwhelming depending on our individual lives. I suggest you even create this list the night before so you know what’s coming in the morning and can get straight to it. Make sure you prioritize what needs to be done so you can tackle the most important things first.
6. Set an Intention
It is a great idea to set an intention for your day in the morning, that way you have a clear view of how you want your day to feel and also what you want to accomplish or how you want to feel. I recommend that you do this right after the mediation, that way you are making clear decisions that will help your life move in a positive way towards the life you really want to live.
7. Do the Mundane Things
In our current quarantined world, living at home can easily mean leaving the mundane things you normally do. Like making your bed, taking a shower, wearing nice clothes that make you feel good, and enjoying a healthy breakfast. All these things are even more important now than ever even if they seem like a waste of time or unnecessary.
But actually, when you take these simple actions in the morning you feel a sense of accomplishment and set the right tone for your day, meaning you’ll be inspired to accomplish more as you go on. Your life is still important at lock up, you’ll be surprised how good it can make you feel to wear some nice clothes and do your hair, even if it seems unimportant.
Your task – to create a morning ritual that works for you!
Get a notepad and pen and brainstorm all the ways you can improve your current morning routine. Ask yourself “What can I do to improve how I start my day? Am I feeling strengthened, energized and ready in mind, body and spirit?”
The most important thing is to create a morning routine that is right for you and your needs. Appreciate your life and see each day as a chance to start over with a new and fresh perspective and a higher energetic frequency.
Create a positive morning, and create a positive life!