Rise, shine and be happy, Lovely!
Healthy morning routines will make the start of your day amazing and this feeling will follow you for the rest of the day! You are probably reading this thinking ‘What?! I wake up in a rush, I barely have time to shower, throw some clothes on, grab some food in the fridge and run out the door’!
I hear you but guess what? You do not need to get up at 5am to create a meaningful morning routine to make you feel good. Well, you can get up with sunrise if you feel like it but it is not necessary. Granted, in Eastern philosophies and practices such as Ayurveda and yoga, it is better to get up just before sunrise so that you take on the energy of the new day. However, if you are not an early riser, all you need every morning is 10-20 minutes completely dedicated to yourself. By focusing on what truly matters to you, you consciously (and subconsciously) create a life that is in agreement with your heart’s desire.
Athletes (such as Novak Djokovic) and highly successful people (such as Steve Jobs and Anna Wintour) have one thing in common: a cherished and regular morning routine.
I promise you that you will feel a huge difference within a few days days of implementing your new routine. So why not try it?
Benefits of a morning routine:
- You will feel good AND proud of yourself
- You will handle whatever comes your way more peacefully and in a gracious way
- You will be more productive
- You will feel less stressed
- You will be less ‘stuck’ in your mind and more present in your body
- You will feel HAPPIER
- Your body will thank you
I have been integrating some of the following into my morning routine for the last few years, and it has definitely made a change to the way I feel, and to the way I handle and respond to things happening throughout the day.
A gentle stretch feels amazing and it is a lovely way of feeling your body awakening. It can be doing yoga, or going for a walk or a run, doing some push-ups, or just some exercising in your living room. Listen to your body and do whatever feels right for you.
Meditation is my favourite way of starting the day. The mind is still clear and relaxed after the night. It is a wonderful way for connecting with yourself. You can also visualize how you want your day to be like. Just sit straight, close your eyes and breathe deeply through the nose for 10-15 minutes. Even 5 minutes will have an impact on your wellbeing. Simply breathe and be present. For more details and exercises, see the post on Meditation for beginners here and the post on Mindfulness here.
Drink hot water and lemon
This mixture is the perfect morning drink. It gets your digestive system going, it is flushes out toxins, it balances pH levels and is a rich source of vitamin C. As our bodies are around 70% of water, it is crucial to remain hydrated. Drink heaps of water throughout the day. If you find water boring, just add some lemon juice or lime slices in the bottle, mint leaves, cucumber or blueberries. If you have already tried that, give pure organic coconut water a try as it is extremely hydrating.
Healthy and nutritious food is the key to happy day, especially if you take the time to eat peacefully and mindfully. It will give you enough energy to last throughout the entire morning. A green smoothie (kale, cucumber, celery, bok choi, lemon, green apple, spinach, ginger, spirulina or chlorella) is ideal to get your dose of veggies but any smoothie can do, really. My favourite at the moment is: banana, pear, dates, almonds, coconut, cinnamon and almond or rice milk. It is yummy and it gives me energy and the impression of being satiated.
Decide to be happy today. Visualise an exciting and fulfilling day. Give thanks and count your blessings. Look up the post on practising gratitude for more ideas.
Set a positive intention to your day. From ‘I thank the Universe and welcome all positive experiences for my Higher Self’, or ‘I am ready to get out in the world and experience happiness today’ to the simple yet efficient ‘I am going to have a GREAT day today’! Affirmations impact on your subconscious mind and quickly make their way to your conscious mind if repeated regularly with honest intention. For more inspiration, check out the Affirmation Room.
Dry body brushing
The skin is our biggest organ so we need to look after it. In order to drain the lymphatic system and promote blood circulation (it also prevents cellulite), brush your body with a dry brush before jumping in the shower.
Give yourself some self-love
We have a tendency to be quite harsh on ourselves, whereas self-love is extremely important for our wellbeing and we often forget to give ourselves some. Look at yourself in the mirror and say a few times ‘I love you the way you are’, ‘You are perfect the way you are’. Try this, it only takes 1 minute and makes a positive difference to your mood and energy. For more ideas on how you can practise self-love and cherish yourself, click here.
Morning Pages Journal
‘Morning Pages’ is a practice I discovered when reading The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron. It is simply a stream of consciousness writing, done first thing in the morning. There is no right or wrong way of doing Morning Pages. You simply write whatever comes to mind, which helps you clarify your thoughts and feelings. She recommends writing/filling up 3 pages with anything you want. Don’t overthink it, just let your hand run wild.
Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic ritual said to help alleviate numerous illnesses from heart disease to digestive illnesses. The oil pulls out the bacteria in the mouth. It has a very strong detoxifying effect. Before breakfast and before brushing your teeth, try a tablespoon of oregano oil (anti-bacterial and anti-fungal oil), coconut oil or sesame oil and rinse your mouth, like a mouthwash, for ideally 20 minutes. If you manage 10 minutes, you can be proud of yourself. Try to increase the duration by one extra minute everyday. You will reach 20 minutes easily after a few days. You can read your book in the meantime.
I hope one of these resonates with you and that you can start implementing it.
What is your favourite morning ritual? I would love to hear what works for you!
Have a happy day!