I’m not going to lie. Being a morning person has not come easily to me. In fact, ask my poor mother, and she can tell a number of stories about the ogre she used to have to wake before school!
But as I’ve got older and understood the benefits of making the most of my morning, I’ve pushed myself to get out of bed early and start a ritual that sets me off on the right foot so that I don’t have stress or frustrations hanging over me.
We’ve all been there. Rushed mornings that have felt so chaotic you have a headache before you even get started on your workload. But I didn’t want to feel this way, and I knew that if I was going to be more productive and generally feel happier with life, I needed to start dragging my butt out of bed in the morning.
When I first told some of my friends that I had both a morning and night ritual listed in my bullet journal, they did roll their eyes at my typically OCD self. But, they have seen the difference it makes to my mood and my general attentiveness.
Thanks to my morning ritual I’m more mindful about my entire day. From being more productive with my work, being more positive about the little things in life, making better food choices, and of course ‘being there’ when people talk to me rather than being distracted.
If you’ve been searching for a way to feel more mindful, and want to get a good morning ritual together that gives you some ‘me time’, and makes you feel grounded before the drama of the day begins, I’ve shared the five steps I take when I wake.
Life is getting up an hour early, to live an hour more – Unknown
I know it may sound weird to be in a morning routine post, but I have a habit of prepping my outfit for the following day in the evening. This improves my morning because I’m not stood staring at my wardrobe like I have nothing to wear!
Instead, I take 10 minutes in the evening to put together an outfit. Not only does this help me to really think about the clothes that will make me feel good, but it gives me a chance to appreciate the clothes and accessories I have, rather than constantly feeling like I need to update it. Sound familiar?
Yep, that’s right. My alarm goes off at 5am. Despite not having to be at work until either 8am or 9am, I love the fact that I can make my morning all mine!
Hot Lemon & Water
After eight hours of sleep the first thing I do when I wake is drink a pint of water. Not only does this kick start the metabolism, but it immediately helps to rehydrate the body after eight hours of sleep.
Since doing this, I have seen an incredible improvement in my skin and digestion.
Once my water is finished, I then enjoy a large mug of fresh hot lemon.
Another great way to give the body a little nudge to rid it of any toxins that have been flowing around during the night.
As I work at a desk all day, I take advantage of any spare time to stretch out my body and give it some tender love and care.
Suprisingly, many people I know never stretch out their body in the morning, but it’s a great way to get connected with how your body is feeling and prepare it for the day ahead.
I do between 30- 40 minutes of yoga in the morning.
If you can’t commit this amount of time, even 20 minutes is better than nothing!
Cleanse, Tone, Moisturise
My skin is what faces the world every day, plus it’s what other people have to stare at all day!
I’ve followed a skincare routine since I was a teenager, and even when I’m feeling ill, or had one too many gins, I always cleanse, tone and moisturise each morning and night.
The products I use vary, as I tend not to get bought into a brand, and I mostly like using organic, natural products. Neal’s Yard is generally a family favourite, but I also like to use natural rose water as a toner and coconut oil as a cleanser.
A King’s Breakfast
With the stress of getting dressed out of the way because I’ve pre-planned my outfit, I can then spend more time rustling up a deliciously healthy breakfast that will give my body all the nutrition it needs to have a healthy day. Plus, when I eat a good breakfast I’m more likely to make better food choices during the day because my blood sugar is far more stable.
Sometimes, if I’m feeling super organised, and let’s be honest that’s quite a regular occurrence; I like to pre-prepare healthy breakfast options also. This could include overnight oats or blending my pancake batter so it’s just ready to pour and cook in the morning.
If there is one step I could never take-away from my morning ritual, it would have to be meditation.
Without meditation, my mind and emotions would quickly own the day, which is never healthy.
While I would love to meditate for 30 minutes, at present I can only squeeze 10 minutes.
But still, this small amount of time makes the biggest difference to my entire day.
Laying down and focussing on my breathing and my surroundings enables me to leave the house feeling grounded and positive.
While it’s definitely going to get harder to be a morning person here in the UK, with the cold weather drawing in and the darker mornings appearing, I feel that now I have my ritual firmly set in stone it will actually help make my days feel longer.
It’s very easy to fall into a negative mindset when the world around us is cold and dark. But by setting positive intentions in the morning, you can easily become more mindful about your day and bring about a new sense of contentment with life.
If you have any morning rituals you follow, please feel free to share them below.