What are you first thoughts when you wake up in the morning? How are you woken up, with an alarm or by someone else? How do you feel when you stretch and open your eyes? How you start your day is how you live your life and the best part about it is that YOU are completely in control of how it starts.
Gratitude Tip: My vision for the world is, “I dream of a world where everyone wakes up and simply says Thank You.” Sounds really simple, doesn’t it? Think back to this morning, what was going through your mind when you awoke? Where you already running through your day in your mind and feeling stressed about it? Did you grab your phone and start looking through your email before your eyes even had a chance to focus? Creating your best life starts with the first few minutes of the day – cherish them and make them the best possible every single day.
This isn’t the first time I’ve spoken about a morning ritual. As it’s still early in the new year, I thought it would be a good time to review the importance of a morning routine that you control. This past summer when I started writing my blog daily, I decided to set my alarm for 6:30 am, after having lived without an alarm clock for close to a decade. I chose to do this so that I have time to write in the morning and do my morning rituals, often before the rest of my family is up.
Creating a morning ritual that serves you, by incorporating some of these elements:
- Wake up 30 minutes before the rest of your family wakes up.
- Give thanks for another day here on earth to make a difference. Change the name of your alarm to remind you to give thanks.
- Stretch. Either a little bit before you get out of bed, or up to a 10 minute yoga or stretching routine once you’re up.
- Hot water with lemon. Squeeze 1/4 – 1/2 of a fresh lemon into a mug and add hot water. Add fresh ginger or a little bit of cayenne if you choose to and this will help your digestion for the rest of the day.
- Stay as quiet as possible and pay attention to your thoughts. Pray or meditate on the day ahead. It’s a great time for creativity.
- Watch, read or listen to something that inspires you. A few suggestions include reading Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life by Wayne Dyer or the ‘One Year Bible’, and watching/listening to this YouTube video on Gratitude.
- Write a blog post, in a journal or a love note to your spouse, kids or family. Write a gratitude card to someone who may not expect it.
- Breathe. Take a few moments to breathe deeply and pay attention to your breath.
- Workout or exercise. Take 30 minutes of your day to move, in whatever way you like. My perfect exercise right now is walking outside in nature.
- Do positive affirmations in the mirror.
What did I miss? What else is a part of your morning routine? What are your strategies for fitting in time for yourself in the morning? Let us know in the comments or on Facebook.