The alarm goes off, you hit snooze (more than once), and then you finally jump out of bed as you rush around to get ready and out the door with a frazzled and stressed mind… and most likely no breakfast.
When this scenario is what your morning looks like, typically you feel stressed out, disorganized, and as though your chasing your own tail to catch up and get to a calmer state.
That’s because our mornings are a precious time and really set us up for the rest of the day… so wouldn’t you rather feel calm, centered, organized, and energized to tackle your busy schedule?
And now that fall is here, and we’ve adjusted back to a more structured and busier lifestyle, it’s nice to incorporate practices that will help balance out the crazy. Aside from your typical showering and teeth brushing, I’ve compiled a list of some rituals to incorporate into your morning routine to help you slow down and feel in control of your day and life. Start with one (or all!) and try to add in more as you get comfortable with each idea. And before long you should see your entire day, and demeanor, turn around.
TIPS TO START YOUR DAY ON A HIGH NOTE:
// Set your alarm about 15 minutes earlier than normal: I know you’re probably laughing at this one, thinking there’s no way you’re going to get up even earlier than necessary, but if you have to get up early, you might as well feel good about it. And once you’ve gotten past the alarm and are up and moving, you’ll be thankful to have that extra time, because no one likes to feel frazzled.
// Drink water: By now you know I’m a big advocate for drinking water, but doing so first thing in the morning will help rehydrate your body, wake you up, and help you feel energized. Have it plain or add in some freshly squeezed lemon for an extra detoxifying boost.
// Meditate: This is another one that might bring about an eye roll, but there’s a reason that meditating has become so popular in the wellness industry and even on the news and talk shows. It’s an awesome way to connect with your breath, check in with yourself, slow down, find a sense of internal serenity, and release stress and tension. And for all these reasons, it’s great to do this before the craziness of your day begins, so that you can set the stage for yourself mentally and move through your day with more grace and ease. You don’t have to sit for 30 + minutes to reap the benefits- sitting for 2-5 minutes in quiet (or with some soft music) can do the trick as well.
// Breathe and Stretch: If you have time in the morning to work out (even for 20 minutes), then I highly suggest it, because moving your body is a great way to jumpstart your day and clear out any of the stale energy from the day before. At the very least try to do some full body stretches (which can even be done in bed!) and BREATHE. This will help oxygenate your body and mind to help you wake up and have a clearer mindset.
// Create an MIT list: If you have a lot on your plate, and a seemingly never-ending to-do list, taking a couple minutes before you officially start your day to write down what needs to get done is a great way to get you focused and organized. And an even better idea is to create an MIT (or Most Important Task) list. I saw this idea when reading about “improving your productivity” and have found it truly helpful. Once you have that long list of to-dos, create your MIT list by writing down the top 3 things that are most important/ must get done today. This will really help you laser in on what you must accomplish, stay organized, and reduce the overwhelming and daunting feeling that occurs when looking at a long list of items. Also, as you take care of these MITs, you’ll feel better and more motivated, which will help keep that positivity and success flowing.
// Eat a healthy breakfast: I’m not one to always preach that breakfast is a must, because I personally feel it’s more important to listen to your body, but having a healthy and nourishing breakfast that’s full of protein and healthy fats is a great way to start your day and give you energy all morning long. Even if you need to take your meal to-go, you can still make it healthy. Check out my Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Cashew Smoothie for an easy, amazingly tasty, and satisfying option.
Have some of your own favorite morning rituals? I’d love to hear! Share below and let us know your tips and tricks to a successful and calm day <3.