When we go to sleep at night our physical body rests and restores, our mind clears and releases, our emotions and our energy reset. When we wake up in the morning we literally have a clean slate and an opportunity to set the tone for the entire day.
The first 10 - 60 minutes of your day are the most important minutes of your entire day.
Think about it, when you begin your day aligned and connected you flow through your day with grace and ease. But when you start your day scrolling through social media, comparing yourself to others, getting upset about the news, you go through the day feeling sad, angry, frustrated, annoyed, etc.
Have you ever noticed the days where you find yourself triggered by the news, social media or an email first thing in the morning are the same days that you lose your keys, run late to work, spill your coffee and stub your toe?
It is not coincidence that the choices we make first thing in the morning put us in an emotional state and those emotions manifest our experiences for the rest of the day, until we reset.
Think about the emotional state you put yourself in the moment you wake up.
Does it align with who it is that you want to be?
Does it align with what it is you want to create?
Does it align with the life you want to live?
If you answered no to any of these questions try journaling on the following questions:
Who is it that I truly want to become? What does the best version of my self look like, think like, act like and feel like?
What type of life do I wish to create for myself? For my family? For the world?
What can I bring into my morning routine that will allow me to be the best version of myself RIGHT NOW?
The responses are different for everyone. Some people might feel called to journal every morning to release their thoughts from the day before and let go of that to do list. Some people may wish to start their day feeling aligned and connected through prayer or meditation. Some might want to add exercise or yoga to their morning because it helps them wake up and energize. It is SO SO SO different for everyone.
My morning routine is constantly changing. As I find new practices that feel good for me, I add them in. When I find practices that don't align with me anymore, I take them out. On mornings where I am extra sleepy, I might add in a cup of tea to help me wake up. And on days where I wake up with a lot of energy, I might amp up my workout.
Currently my routine looks like this:
6:30 am wake up and hydrate! Drinking water first thing in the morning really helps energize me.
MOVE! 20 minutes of movement, sometimes yoga, sometimes a walk, sometimes exercises. I tune into how my body is feeling and go from there. Sometimes it is a combination of things
Protein shake. Starting my morning with a shake helps curb my hunger until breakfast, also because I am vegetarian it helps me get some much needed nutrients as soon as I start my day.
Inner work. Everyday I do some work with my inner self.\
I start with journaling which is where I brain spill everything on my mind. I find so much clarity and insight when I take the time to free write.
I then list at least 3 things that I am grateful for because each day truly is a blessing and starting with gratitude helps me stay in alignment.
Next is my list of goals and intentions for the day. This helps me get it off of my mind and onto paper so that I can be fully present for the rest of my practices and not worry about the possibility of forgetting something.
EFT, this is a form of tapping that called Emotional Freedom Technique. I tap everyday on the things that come up in my journaling practice, anything from fear to anger to frustration to impatience. Everyday in our lives there are some sort of triggers, everyday I tap them out.
Last on my sacred self care list is meditation. I find it best to do last because everything else helps me wake up, clear my mind and really focus. If I try to meditate first my mind is wandering, I fall asleep, I can't stop thinking about the stuff that happened the day before or the never ending list of things that must be done today. So using the other practices really sets me up for success in my meditation practice.
My routine probably looks like a lot. You don't have to do everything that I do, honestly you don't have to do anything that I do. Finding the PERFECT morning routine is all about discovering what FEELS best for you. Tuning in to your personal energy and doing whatever aligns for you.
If you need help staying on track with whatever you decided was a priority for you check out my FREE Self Care Planner and Tracker. Using a resource like this has really helped me commit to the person that I want to be and the life that I want to create.
If meditation was something that showed up for you as something you would like to incorporate into your morning routine, check out my 21 Day Meditation Challenge! It will help you get started and stay on track.
It takes 21 days to break a habit and 21 days to form a new one.
So give yourself a full 42 days of your morning routine before it starts feeling easy. At first it might feel difficult. You might not want to wake up earlier, you may not want to give up your daily habits. But the more you commit to this new version of yourself, the more you will look forward to all that you have to do to BE that person, here now.
I hope this message resonates with you and helps you find your PERFECT morning routine. If you have questions or need support, send me a message!
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Sending love and abundance,