Do you start your day stressed, rushed, and overwhelmed? Maybe you need to create a morning ritual. It helps set the tone for a productive, calm, and overall more successful day.
I’ve found that when I do certain things right after I wake up, I feel a lot better during the day. Now, that’s not to say that everything goes perfectly and according to my plans, but when things do go off course, I handle them better because of some of the activities in my routine. I also feel more calm and ready for what the day will bring. I can definitely tell the difference in how I feel when I complete my routine and when I don’t.
Here’s what my morning routine looks like:
I usually wake up between 6 and 6:30 (I’ve always been an early riser), and I thank God for a new day. Then, I take Nailah (who’s usually still sleeping) with me to the kitchen so I can fix my breakfast: 2 whole grain waffles with peanut butter. I go back upstairs and sit in bed because, as I mentioned, Nailah is still sleeping most of the time. While I’m eating, I read a couple of devotions I have sent to my email, then read my affirmations, goals, and look at my Pinterest vision board (more on that in another post). I try to meditate before Nailah wakes up, but if I don’t get to, I wait until Chris (my husband) gets home, or I’ll wait until she takes a nap. That’s it. Simple, right?
You can, of course, create whatever routine works best for you, but a few things I suggest are:
- Right when you wake up, feel excited and thankful for a new day (or at least try to).
- Don’t pick up your phone and get on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.
- Meditate, if possible. If not, take a moment for a few deep breaths.
- Read something inspirational, whether it’s part of a book, a blog post, a scripture, or a quote.
- Read or recite affirmations so you set the tone for an amazing day.
- Try to be consistent with it, no matter what. Admittedly, I have days when I don’t feel like doing my routine, but like I said earlier, my day just isn’t the same without it. But if you happen to skip something one day (or a few), don’t beat yourself up. Just get back to it the next morning.
“When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive — to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.” ~ Marcus Aurelius
What does your morning routine consist of? Share below by leaving a comment!