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Morning rituals to the rescue. Do you ever have one of those days where nothing seems to work out quite right? I know if I don’t start my mornings right something will go wrong. It’s really hard for me stay focused if I had only three hours sleep. It happens because of my menopause or maybe I was just thinking too much. When I get excited or worry about something it affects my sleep and that’s not good. So that means I have to make adjustments to my day so I can still be productive and achieve my goals. That’s why I lean heavily on my morning rituals. They help me to start my day strong.
I’m going to share with you some simple ways to start incorporating some of these activities as part of your self-care morning ritual. Feel free to change the order. You have to figure out what works best for you. Some of these ideas may be new to you which means that making them a permanent daily habit will take some time. This is not an overnight fix.
If you’re not a morning person don’t force yourself to wake up at 5 a.m. because you think that’s what successful entrepreneurs do. Figure out your body clock so that you can be just as productive regardless of what time you wake up in the morning. Let’s begin!
Decide what time to go to bed. I go to bed at 10:30 p.m. I have an evening ritual too so that I can successfully sleep through the night.
Alarms freak me out because they’re so loud, not the best experience first thing in the morning. A wake-up light simulates sunrise over 30-60 minutes, activating your circadian responses. Your body naturally and peacefully wakes to this. By the time the soothing fake birds start chirping, you’re wide awake.
When I get out of bed I go to the window and open the curtains, I look out at the beautiful view of the mountains and the blueberry fields, and I say “thank you”.
When we’re grateful we’re happier aren’t we?
Duration: 1 minute
When you wake up in the morning, your body has been fasting from food and water all night, meaning you are very dehydrated.
A glass of water first thing can hydrate the body while aiding digestion and metabolism. We know that caffeine dehydrates you so it only makes sense to get proper hydration plus it’s great for cleaning out toxins in our system. Hydration keeps skin plump and joints lubricated. In addition, drinking water can help with fatigue especially in the morning.
Duration: 1 minute
Sometimes caffeine is the best medicine.
When I get up in the morning I am super groggy. I’m like a cow my husband tells me because he has seen me almost fall asleep while standing up to prepare my matcha. So caffeine is a must for me! I used to be a coffee drinker but since I quit coffee January 1st and I’m drinking matcha now instead.
I prefer the health benefits of matcha; it contains L-Theanine, an amino acid that helps your body to process caffeine differently and create a state of calm alertness. Sure matcha has less caffeine than coffee but you don’t get jittery and you have more sustained energy boost without the crash at the end. I also add a scoop of Vital Proteins in my matcha so I get in my collagen for the day and I only use Stevia to sweeten my hot drinks.
To save yourself some time set up your machine the night before and let it percolate while you hit the shower.
Duration: 5 minutes
Some people prefer to take a shower in the evening versus the morning and depending on the type of work you do you may prefer to take showers both in the morning and evening.
The benefit of a morning shower is pretty obvious. It helps you wake up. I love my Indie Lee Energize Body Wash. This gentle coconut derived cleanser with Calendula, Panthenol and hydrolyzed Quinoa, rich in protein and Vitamins A and B. Uplifting Grapefruit, Bergamot and Orange essential oils revitalize, while rejuvenating Eucalyptus helps to stimulate the senses and promote clarity of thought. The antioxidant rosemary provides protection against environmental stressors.
A morning shower also prepares you for your meditation before starting a long or hectic day. This mindfulness can decrease inflammation in the skin by keeping levels of a hormone called cortisol capped.
If you decide not to shower in the morning you’ll need to cleanse your face and follow through with proper skin and sun protection. The minute you walk out of that door your skin will be exposed to free radicals, sun, dirt, or debris. I’ve really big on sun protection since I developed skin cancer on my face. That was scary. My dermatologist recommended La Roche-Posay Anthelios Ultra- Light Face Sunscreen Fluid Broad Spectrum SPF 60 and I’ve been using it since then. I love how it feels because its so light and non-sticky and it’s great of sensitive skin like mine.
Duration: 10 minutes
Meditation was first developed in India, a very long time ago, approximately 5,000 to 3,500 BCE.
Meditation is something everyone can do to improve their mental and emotional health. You can do it anywhere and doesn’t cost you anything. It an amazing way to improve the quality of your life; even if you only have a few minutes to do it each day.
I love this inexpensive meditation exercise book! Practicing Mindfulness makes it easy and accessible with 75 evidence-based exercises designed to bring calmness and compassion into your day-to-day.
Practicing Mindfulness includes:
Begin a journey of peace and patience today on the path to a better, more balanced life with Practicing Mindfulness.
Duration: 5-10 minutes
According to Robin Sharma’s book The 5 AM Club exercising for just 20 minutes first thing will “significantly lower your cortisol” (which is highest in the morning), the hormone of fear that hurts your cognitive performance. It will also release brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), which supercharges your brain (yes that’s the technical language). It also releases dopamine and serotonin, the neurotransmitters of drive and happiness. Cool right?
I plan my workouts before the week starts. I don’t just wing it. I know exactly what day and time and what type of workout I will do.
I encourage you to commit to a fitness schedule. Maybe you prefer to work out in the middle or end of the day and that’s great! If you pencil it in it’s easier to commit.
Duration: 20 minutes
Studies show that daily writing helps fight depression, makes people sick less often, and the unemployed find jobs faster. Many great people made journaling one of their morning habits, including John D. Rockefeller, George Patton, Ben Franklin, Thomas Edison and Winston Churchill. You could start today with this beautiful guided journal.
This guided journal includes:
Duration: 3-5 minutes
Pick up a book that lifts up your soul and read even a line or two.
I do something a little different. I ask the universe a question and then I close my eyes and I flip through the pages of “The Secret” and I point somewhere on the page as I continue to close my eyes. I do this to see what message the universe is sending me.
Duration: 1 minute
You’re thinking oh my gosh having a morning ritual is a lot of work! Well not really. As you can see it will only take you less than an hour to do all 10 steps. Some of this you’re most likely doing already.
The best way to start is to start small but be consistent. Commit to 3 activities the first week and then add 3 more activities the following week, and then 4 the 3rd week. It just takes some time to get used to it. Heck if you can only do 80% that’s awesome!
The whole point is that you are making effort and staying committed to your self- care routine. Creating new habits, like a morning ritual takes time which means we need to be patient and simply enjoy the journey. Morning rituals help you start your day with a strong and focused foundation. It’s truly the path to becoming our best selves that rewards us with abundant joy and gratitude.
Make it a great day!