Updated: Sep 24, 2021
What you do in the morning can set the tone for what happens until you go back to bed. Develop a morning routine and start your day with rituals that make you feel powerful and alive.
Mornings can be a busy time for many families just getting everyone out of the door on time. On the other hand, you and your kids may be spending your days at home, and that can be just as stressful as commuting, especially when you’re concerned about your health and finances.
Of course, the specific habits you choose will depend on your values and goals. Start small and have fun experimenting until you find a routine that works for you. Consider these ideas for morning rituals designed to help you thrive.
Empowering Morning Rituals for Your Body:
Skip the snooze button. Do you feel groggy even after 8 hours of sleep? The trouble could be your snooze button. It interrupts your body’s natural waking process. That can cause sleep inertia that lasts for hours.
Drink water. You may want to postpone your first cup of coffee. Plain water will rehydrate your organs and make you feel more alert. You can add a little flavor with berries, herbs, or cucumber slices.
Eat breakfast. You also need to refuel. Enjoy a balanced meal of traditional breakfast foods or heat up some leftovers. Smart choices include Greek yogurt with fruit or a fish taco.
Work out. Complete your main exercise session or move around a little, especially if you’ll be sitting at a computer for hours. Choose an activity that you love, one that will get you energized for your day.
Go outside. Morning light wakes up your body and starts a hormone cycle that prepares you for a restful sleep at night. Sit on your patio/porch or take a walk.
Empowering Morning Rituals for Your Mind:
Avoid technology. Resist the urge to lose yourself in social media. Turn off your phone or check for urgent messages only.
Be prepared. Starting on tasks the night before can make your mornings more pleasant. Lay out your clothes and pack your briefcase.
Meditate and pray. Nourish your spirituality. If you’re a beginner, start with a few minutes of meditation and build up your time gradually.
Repeat affirmations. Give yourself loving and motivational messages. Speak in the present tense and keep your statements brief. Looking in the mirror can help you focus.
Cultivate your gratitude. Count your blessings. Think of something you’re grateful for, and who you need to thank today.
Write in your journal. Do you struggle to find time for yourself? The early hours may be an opportunity to talk to God through your written words and engage your personal passions.
Listen to music, it reduces anxiety and enhances mental alertness and memory. Put together a personal playlist or turn on your favorite radio station.
Plan your day. Set goals and block out your time to recharge your battery. Otherwise, daily events and distractions can keep you from focusing on your true priorities. Remember to leave yourself enough downtime for refreshing breaks.
Start your day with a morning routine that will make you feel more productive and fulfilled. Adopt positive habits that will have you jumping out of bed with a smile and looking forward to the day ahead!
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Angela M Mitchell is the founder and CEO of Back to her. She is also a Certified Master Life & Personal Development Coach, a mental health advocate, and a Co-Author in the international best-selling collaborative masterpiece, The Image in The Mirror. She received a degree in Healthcare Administration from Bryant and Stratton College and has since dedicated her life to advocating for women who live with mental health disorders.
Angela also assists women entrepreneurs to acknowledge their struggles, change the narrative of the stories they tell, and rewrite them so that they can become deliberate, not desperate, creators of their own life's story.
She guides them through a process of self-discovery that leads them to reignite their passions and to rediscover their God-Given purpose so that they can achieve the success they desire in their personal and professional life.