What is your morning routine? Do you rush out of bed in the morning, spend a few minutes searching for your keys and then rush back to sleep, refreshed and ready to take on your day? If so, chances are you have become accustomed to waking up early and spending the first half of the day on your feet. The second half is consumed in deep slumber, and you wake up once again only to repeat the cycle.
A better morning routine might be to spend a few minutes on your own, meditating and unwinding before you get up. A long, relaxing, and calming morning ritual is a great way to start off the day and unwind. A morning ritual is also easier, from a ten-minute introductory meditation, to a series of more mundane daily tasks (such as brush your teeth, shave, wash your facial skin, do your nightly skincare regime, and even soak in the calming scent of your morning tea). This means that you’ll wake up fresh and ready to take on your day. If you’ve lost your inspiration along the way, try rereading chapter one of your favorite book, or finding your favorite inspirational quote.
Here are some ways to get started on your new morning routine. First, find a peaceful place where you won’t be interrupted. Set aside a period of time where you won’t be interrupted by any children, pets, or loud noises. It might be helpful to close your eyes during this time as well. You might want to close your eyes every morning by ten minutes, and repeat this whenever you need to stay focused on your routine. Even if you don’t feel as inspired, meditating for 10 minutes will provide you with a mental boost and leave you refreshed and ready to take on your day.
The second step to starting your morning ritual is to focus on gratitude. Research shows that people who are focused on their positive habits gain more control over their emotions, which results in increased happiness and positive thinking. To develop your gratitude practice, start by writing down things that you are grateful for in the morning, and focus on those things for at least ten minutes every morning.
As you begin to get in the practice of gratitude and positive thinking, you will notice that your morning rituals will become more meaningful and less like rituals. You will find yourself taking more time out to be thankful for every day. You will find that you are less irritable and snappy when you go through your morning rituals. This is because being grateful is a form of meditation. Meditation trains your mind to focus on the present moment and allow it to settle in without judgment or worry.
One of the reasons that meditation helps with your morning ritual is that it starts your day off on the right foot, so to speak. If you have been sitting down for your routine breakfast, you would not be doing the exercises needed for meditation if you were up and starting your day. Starting your day on a positive note and ending on a positive note makes you feel better, calmer, and more refreshed in general. After your meditation, you will want to stretch out, so have your water bottle nearby so you can drink it as soon as you are done with your morning routine.
Many people who do not meditate also do not like to eat breakfast, so they are deprived of a crucial part of your morning ritual. Eating a good breakfast has many health benefits. It helps you get energy, ward off hunger, increases your metabolism, and helps you lose weight. If you do not take a good nutritious breakfast every morning, then you are setting yourself up for failure to lose weight and feel healthy. You may feel bloated throughout the day, experience headaches, get upset easily, and find other health problems as well.
Another negative aspect of not having your morning rituals is being late to work. Not getting your morning rituals in before you go to sleep will cause you to be late the rest of the day because you are either sleeping too much or not at all. It may also cause you to become irritable and impatient. Meditating is a great way to help you get your energy back and wind down after a long day. However, if you do not incorporate your morning ritual into your daily activities, you will soon find that you are becoming distracted and sleepless, which does not promote good health or wellness. So, put your morning routine into practice every morning, and reap the rewards for your efforts.