Most of us have an automatic ritual that we do every morning when we wake up. At the most basic level, majority of us get out of bed, go to the bathroom and brush our teeth. After our initial wake up habits are complete, this is where we can start to add to our morning routine in a mindful way that sets us up for success or flow the rest of the day.
Whether you are a morning person or you like to sleep in, having a consistent routine upon waking for the day has an impact on how the rest of your day will go. Simply building the habit of consistency with a routine can affect the trajectory of your day and provide more structure in your life. It can also serve as a way to practice building trust with yourself.
Instead of turning on the tv or scrolling social media and possibly seeing or reading things that might cause an increase in stress/anxiety, having an intentional morning ritual can help us find our ground and feel calm. When we practice slowing down and being present before we take off running head first into our day, we are less likely to be fueled on stress hormones and more likely to feel like we are able to handle the stress that may come our way.
Examples of habits that could be included in your morning ritual are: making your bed, washing your face, drinking water before coffee, reading or listening to a podcast, listening to music that makes you feel good, going for a walk, stretching, yoga or dancing, walking your dogs, taking a cold shower, sitting in prayer or meditation, journaling your thoughts, writing down your tasks/goals for the day or writing down things you are grateful for. These are just some ideas of many that can help you build positive momentum that you can carry throughout your day.
It may seem daunting if you already feel rushed in the morning but if you do, it might be a sign that you need to slow down and create some sense of structure and routine in your life to keep you grounded and living in a less stressful state. Sometimes that even means you wake up earlier instead of sleeping in so that you have the time and space to complete a morning routine that adds value to your life and makes you feel better.
Start out with something small or set a timer for certain things if that helps. Listen to what you intuitively need and remember it's all about consistency. Once the new habit becomes routine you will feel ready to add another!
What morning rituals do you have that help you start your day off right? Have you cut any out or tried any new ones? Share below!