The definition of mindful is conscious or aware of something. So what is a mindful morning? A mindful morning means we are being intentional about how we start our day so we can be conscious and aware of what’s going on while our day progresses. When we start our day off without a good morning routine we are in reactive mode. We are reacting to everything going on around us instead of being proactive. A mindful morning helps us be proactive by taking control of situations before they happen.
A good morning routine involves doing things for you and you only. This is not answering clients emails or making breakfast for your family. This is time you set aside every morning to do things that are just for you. There is no perfect length of time for a morning routine. Some people will be able to set aside more time while others not as much. That’s why it’s just for you, you get to decide how it goes.
How to create a mindful morning routine
1) Do it first thing before checking your phone or computer otherwise you are starting in reactive mode.
2) Find a quiet place. Whether that means you have to get up before everyone else or put the kids in front on the TV. Do it!
3) It doesn’t have to be time consuming. As little as 15 minutes every day will do wonders for your mindset.
4) This should not involve things that stress you out. This should involve things that help you relax. Try different things to see what works for you.
5) Perfection is not the goal. If you miss a day don’t beat yourself up. Instead focus on doing better the day after.
Having a mindful morning routine has helped me go from red faced, stressed out, screaming mom to chill mom who’s able to get everything done while still enjoying her morning cup of coffee. The days I do my morning routine are dramatically different then the days I don’t. Some days I do a shortened version of my routine getting in only the most important pieces while other days I do a longer version. Perfection, like I said in tip 5, is not the goal.
It can be kind of daunting to start something new. If you have no morning routine right now you might be overwhelmed trying to figure out what to do. No worries! I have created a morning mindfulness cheat sheet to help you out. It’s completely free and you can grab your copy HERE.
Start slow with as little as 15 minutes a day. Over time you can add on and extend things as you would like or keep it at 15 minutes. This is really about what will help you bring more peace and calm into your day. You may even want to try new things as you go along. The key is to create a routine you look forward to not one that you find as a chore.
Remember YOU ARE ENOUGH!!!!