I wasn’t always a morning person. I was quite the opposite. As a teenager, I would love to sleep in very late and go to sleep late. I was never really happy with this routine (or lack of) but I never tried to change it.
It has taken me many tries to establish a mindful morning routine which works well for me and makes me feel more grounded. Now that I am older, I have learnt the value of creating a morning routine which helps you to start the day positively. I am not saying that it will always be perfect, or that you will follow your routine every single day, but having a good ‘basic routine foundation’, which can be adapted, is a great first step. Below I will share a little about my mindful morning routine which I currently follow.
Waking up earlier
Waking up a little earlier is not something new or an idea that we have never heard of, but it can be challenging at first if you are not used to it. I started to set my alarm earlier and earlier until I finally found my ideal wake-up time. Between 6 and 6:30 am seems to be a really good time for me lately. Even as we head into the Winter season and the sun rises much later and sets much earlier, I try to wake up early. When I wake up this early, it allows me to start my day “slowly” and not rushed or stressed. By starting my day slowly, it has helped me to feel more balanced and much happier. Making my way to the kitchen, I love to enjoy each moment of the process of preparing some tea or a little morning coffee.
I like to write down my thoughts and anything that comes to mind each day. Journaling has become essential for me each day. Sometimes it is in the morning, or at the end of the day. Either way, Journaling each day really allows me to reflect on things that are going on in my life. Writing down things that you are grateful for at that moment, no matter how small, also really makes you feel so much more present. I highly recommend putting your thoughts down on paper.
Something for the body
Could be something as simple as a morning stretch or slow yoga flow, but moving my body in the morning puts me into a healthier frame of mind where I can focus better on the daily tasks I have that day. A good morning walk with my favourite music, or a podcast, is also very much a part of my morning routine.
Not going on my phone straight away
It is easy to get into the habit of waking up and checking your phone first thing in the morning, and this is still something I am working on! But making the conscious effort to not go on my phone straight away, has helped me to be more mindful and feel more relaxed. Give it a try.
Small changes can have great results over time! Little things like waking up a little bit earlier, or journaling each day, for example, are things that have helped me a lot. My days feel a little bit more longer now, I start my day a lot slower to be more productive, and I genuinely feel more balanced because of my mindful morning routine.
What does your morning routine look like? What are some things you would like to change or incorporate into your day?
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Chelsea, Bliss Babe & Guest Author