I would love to be one of those people with an amazing morning ritual. I’d love to wake up at 5.30am, meditate, do yoga, knock out a blog post and bake breakfast muffins – all before the rest of the family wakes up! Unfortunately I’m not a morning person. I never have been. Given the choice I would hit the snooze button a dozen times before I finally drag my bleary-eyed body out of my lovely warm cozy bed. Then I end up rushing, feeling stressed and shouting at the children!
The way I start my mornings sets the tone for the rest of the day. If my morning is rushed and stressful, the rest of the day will be as well. If my morning is calm and centered, so will be the rest of the day!
I knew I needed to change and introduce a morning ritual but I’m well aware of my dislike for getting out of bed. So I’ve developed this simple morning ritual of 5 mindful practices I can do before I even get out of bed!
1 / Breathe… I like to listen to a 5 minute guided meditation. It might not sound like much but it’s enough to really focus my mind and helps me feel calm and peaceful all day. If you’re not into meditation (why not? Give it a go!) try this simple 16 second breathing technique – Breathe in for a count of 4, hold for a count of 4, exhale for a count of 4, hold for a count of 4. Repeat 3-5 times.
2 / Gratitude… I always try to get in a bit of extra gratitude! Being grateful for what we have in our life is the key to happiness and peace. Being grateful for what we have attracts more and more things to be grateful for. So after meditating I get out my journal and I write 3 things I’m grateful in that moment.
3 / Set intentions… Next I write 3 intentions for my day in my journal. Intentions are goals that help guide us through the day or something we want to accomplish. They can literally be anything and will vary day by day. Some examples are ‘listen more’, ‘do yoga’, ‘play with my children’, ‘have fun’, ‘be more loving’, ‘get outside’, ‘be kind to myself’, ‘be a calmer driver’. I think you get the idea!
4 / Visualise your day… Now I’ve set my intentions, I visualise my day ahead. Visualisation is one of the most powerful ways we can turn our intentions into reality. I find the best way to do this is to close my eyes and run through the day in my head, but I fill my visualisation with emotions, how I want feel as I’m going about my day. By focussing on our feelings, it imprints them on our subconcious so we’re more likely to create them throughout the day.
5 / Let go and smile… All that’s left to do is let go of our thoughts into the universe and trust that all the positivity will manfest itself for us throughout the day. Lastly plaster a big smile on your face! Smiling, even a forced smile, has been proven to release feel good endorphins that instantly lift your mood.
The morning ritual is a very important part of my day and I’d love you to introduce my ritual into your life. Be kind to your mind and soul and set a positive tone that gets you into the right state of mind for the day ahead. Now you are primed and ready to take on any challenges and opportunities that the day may bring!