Is it time to give your morning routine a makeover?
The things you do, and the thoughts you think first thing in the morning, can either make or break the rest of your day. I have found that if I have some sort of ritual or routine that I do every day, it helps me avoid the yucky funk of overwhelm and blah that I tend to get into first thing in the morning. According to Ayuvedic philosophy, when you focus on morning rituals that work to align the body with nature’s rhythms, you balance the mind and body, create self-discipline and improve self esteem. Who couldn’t use that? I am going to share with you 8 morning rituals (habits) that I have implemented into my day that REALLY make a difference in the way I feel physically, mentally and emotionally.
Don’t feel like you have to start them all at once. Adopt one or two things that ring true to you, and try it for a few weeks. Then implement something else when you are ready. Don’t be surprised if you begin to see mornings and life in a new light!
1- Get Up Early
I know for some of you, this may not seem too appealing, but read on. If you can roll out of bed before the sun comes up (at least 20 minutes before sunrise), you will experience the amazing energy that is in the atmosphere at twilight. I love the lighting just before the sun comes up, the birds chirping, and the stillness in the air.
When you wake up early and give yourself some extra time in the morning, you are going to be much more grounded and ready for an awesome day. If you get up rushed, feeling behind because you pushed the snooze button one too many times, or if you lay there in bed dreading what is ahead of you, you are setting yourself up to experience that same energy the rest of your day. I find that after I wake up, it is best to just throw the covers off and pop out of bed. If I just lay there, my mind starts racing and then it’s easy to start spiraling down into the pit, the pit of OVERWHELM. Does anyone else have that problem?
There will be some days that you will want to just stay in bed for another hour, but from my experience, that just makes it worse. You are better off just to get up and get moving.
2- Tap Out The Bad/Tap In The Good
If you find yourself on the negative side of things in the morning, or if you can’t get motivated to even get out of bed, the best way to change this around is to take a few minutes to TAP IT OUT. For those of you not familiar with meridian tapping or EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) this is a quick and easy method of releasing negative energy from your system. Read more about how to do it here.
By using this technique you can quickly locate what it is you are feeling, tap it OUT and then tap IN some good yummy positive affirmations that will leave you feeling motivated and ready for your day. If you don’t take care of those crusty emotions first thing, you will find yourself attracting more experiences to feel crusty about throughout the rest of your day.
A good way to replace the negative thoughts is to think what your are grateful for. Why not start your day thinking of a few things that are good in your life instead of focusing on the bad. Remember, what you put your attention on grows, GOOD or BAD. When you feel gratitude towards someone or something you will attract more of that.
There are several ways to have an attitude of gratitude; prayer, meditation, writing in a gratitude journal, or it can be as simple as making statements in your head or speaking them out loud while tapping. Start your day thinking about something or someone you are grateful for and tap it IN. See what happens, you might be surprised!
3- Drink A Glass Of Lemon Water
Your body is the most dehydrated in the morning and when you are dehydrated, your blood is thicker, so your organs have to work harder. It is so important to get water into your system, with or without lemons.
Drinking warm lemon water first thing in the morning is one of the easiest things you can do to improve your health. It doesn’t take long to prepare, it’s inexpensive and there is nothing better than to wake up to the fresh, invigorating smell of a lemon.
Here are some of the many benefits of drinking a glass of lemon water daily:
● Helps keep the body at a normal pH level.
● Prevents bacteria buildup in the body.
● Relives symptoms of indigestion, heartburn, bloating and constipation.
● Digestive aid and liver tonic.
● Clears mucus and phlegm.
● Helps maintain healthy body weight.
● Help dissolve kidney and gallstones.
● Gives your skin a healthy glow.
Get more facts and details here.
Meditation is something I have struggled with a bit, but the more I do it, the easier it is getting. There are so many different styles of meditation out there. I recommend trying several different methods and finding what works for you. You can spend anywhere from 5 – 90 minutes meditating. Some even do it longer than that.
I recommend starting with a short guided meditation. One of my first experiences with a long meditation was not good. Before I was finished, I thought I was going to have an anxiety attack. (It was a 90 minute meditation). It takes some time to work up to being in a place of total stillness. I love it now! Here is a post that I found very interesting. It gives 20 scientific reasons to start meditating. Very informative!
I believe you can also get in a meditative state without having to sit in lotus position. (Common way to sit while meditating). Walking, painting, or just taking a few moments to sit and quiet the mind are great ways I believe you can meditate.
Whatever meditation format you use, I do recommend it be part of your morning ritual. Taking time to be still, physically and mentally is a VERY HEALTHY THING and so needed in our world today.
Go easy, start with a short meditation, be open minded and give it a whirl.
Rebounding provides benefits to nearly every body system, from increased flexibility and skin tone to decreased stress. Its up-and-down movement improves circulation and lymphatic flow, and gently massages the internal organs for whole-body health.
I keep my rebounder in my closest where it is easily accessed or under my bed. Most days I will turn on my Pandora playlist and listen to 2-3 songs while I jump and then I am off for a little yoga or onto other things. Some days I will jump longer and some days I will just pop on there for only a few minutes to shake things up. You can find out more about it here in a previous post.
6- Dry Skin Brushing
Here is another gem that I highly recommend! Again, it is one of those things that does not cost a lot of money, simple to do, does not take a lot of time, and is chuck full of benefits. Here are a few of the many benefits.
● Stimulates blood and lymph flow
● Helps eliminate toxins from the body
● Removes dead skin cells
● Encourages cells to regenerate
● Helps combat cellulite
● Results in smooth glowing skin
● Anti-aging through cell regeneration
● Strengthened immune system
● Stimulated nervous system, toned muscles, and tightened skin
● Stimulates both the sweat and sebaceous glands (contributing to the restoration of moist and supple skin)
Skin brushing has been part of my morning ritual for quite some time. I can tell a big difference in my skin and in the way that I feel.
To get the scoop on how to do it, I have a few previous posts that you can you can check out here and here.
I am currently working on a little video and some other helpful nuggets about skin brushing, that I will post shortly. So stay tuned.
7- Ending Your Shower Cold
1- Better Circulation
Warm water makes the blood rush to your skin, and cool water makes the blood rush to your organs and glands. This switching between hot and cold triggers better circulation throughout your whole body. COLD water stimulates blood flow to the CORE of the body, thus bringing FRESH blood to the organs and glands and ALL parts of the Body! This means, OXYGEN & NUTRIENTS IN and TOXINS & PATHOGENS OUT!
2- Better Looking Skin
When you shower with warm water, it opens up your pores. After washing it is a good idea to close the pores with cold water. This will prevent the pores from being clogged with dirt and oil, preventing skin acne and other irritating skin conditions. Another benefit is that cold water makes your blood vessels constrict which reduces swelling and the appearance of dark circles under your eyes.
3- Healthier Hair
Cold water makes your hair look healthier and shinier. The cold water closes the cuticle which makes the hair stronger and prevents dirt from easily accumulating within your scalp.
4- Mental Benefits
Cold water energizes you and invigorates your entire being with the essence of life. Give it a try, you will definitely feel more alive! It can also lift you up if you are feeling a little down or unmotivated. I love it because it gives you that same invigorating feeling of jumping in a cold running river, or jumping off the boat to go water skiing. (a little shock, but a good refreshing shock).
Let the cold water run over your scalp, face, the front of your body, then down your back. Or sometimes I just turn down the hot water and stand back and just put my hands in and splash my face and front of my body.
Give it a try! You will be hooked!
8- Eat A Healthy Breakfast
I know everyone has different body systems and different nutritional requirements, but most everyone can benefit from a good healthy breakfast. There are many philosophies and beliefs out there about food and nutrition and it can get real confusing about what you “should” be eating. Am I right?
What is important is that you find foods that support your system, foods that sustain you, make you feel energized and clear, and eat them for breakfast.
Here is a breakfast berry smoothie that I have for breakfast frequently because it sustains me. I feel like it has a lot of nutritional value, and it works for me. Another one of my breakfast favorites is this muesli recipe. Think outside the box. What you have to eat first thing in the morning does not have to be traditional “breakfast food. Sometimes I have some bone broth, soup or leftovers from dinner the night before.
Whatever you do, give your body some good fuel to start your day.
So now you have heard what I do to start my day.
Now it is your turn.
Tell us what are some things you do to kick start your day. What works for you? I would love to hear and I am sure others would too.