“Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.”-Benjamin Franklin
“In essence, if we want to direct our lives, we must take control of our consistent actions. It’s not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives, but what we do consistently.”-Tony Robbins
There is a beautiful stillness in the early hours of the morning that are unlike any other part of the day. The world is resting and it evokes a feeling of peace and tranquility.
It is during this time that I feel the most calm, creative, and productive. For several years, I’ve followed a morning routine that has helped me transform my life. Today, I’d like to share it with you. Perhaps it may help you too!
I Wake Up Early
Every morning I wake up at 5 am. When I first started getting up early I would set my alarm clock, but now, as a result of habit, my body naturally awakens at this time. Waking up early gives me a great head start to my day. It gives me time to nurture myself, to plan/organize my day, and to pack lunches for my kids and prepare breakfast.
I Drink Water
Our precious bodies are made up of 70% water. After a night of sleep, it needs to be re-hydrated. I drink two or three small cups of warm lemon water first thing every morning. It helps to gently awaken the body and it provides other benefits such as improving digestion, boosting the immune system, and acting as a natural flush.
I meditate every morning for about 30 minutes. It’s the most important part of my morning routine. If you’re a new meditator, please know that you don’t have to meditate for 30 minutes. Just start with 5 or 10 minutes and work your way up gradually.
If you wish to know more about meditation please read my article Meditation 101. There is growing research showing numerous benefits of meditation such as improved sleep and mood, reduction in stress and anxiety, improved ability to focus, and reduction in pain.
I love journaling in the morning after I meditate. It’s a soothing experience for me. It provides a way to express myself creatively and it helps improve my mood.
I just use a pen and notebook and I write freely from my heart. There is no right or wrong when it comes to journaling. I’ve provided some writing ideas below if you feel you might be interested in doing it yourself.
- Make a list of the things in your life that you are grateful for and immerse yourself in the simple appreciation of them.
- Perhaps you are facing a problem or two in your life that you want to work out. Start with writing the problem(s) at the top of the page. Then, below the problem(s), start writing statements that ease your worries and help you find solutions.
- Write poems or draw.
I Move My Body
I love to exercise in the morning. I’ve been a runner since I was 19 years old. For 30 minutes, I will either run or do interval training combining strength, cardio, and abs.
As I’m sure you already know, exercise is incredibly healthy for your mind and body. It makes me feel stronger, more energetic, and happier.
I Eat A Mindful Breakfast
I love breakfast. It is my favorite meal of the day. It is an opportunity for me to practice mindfulness.
I give my undivided attention to its preparation. I am fully present while I eat it. I take my time and I engage all of my senses. I focus on how the food looks, tastes, smells, and feels in my body.
Eating mindfully it a wonderful practice and it has changed my relationship with food. Before I would eat my food too fast and overeat as a result. I was often left feeling very full and sluggish.
However, eating mindfully connects me with my body. I appreciate how healthy food feels in my body and I know when it’s time to stop eating.
I hope that by sharing my morning rituals I have helped you in some way. Perhaps it has inspired you to wake up early tomorrow and start your own healthy morning routine.
The biggest benefit of morning rituals is that it can put you in the right mindset for the rest of your day. And, if practiced daily for as little as 30 days, it can transform your life.
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