Three weeks visiting family may be a little to much. The universe sure was testing my mindset this week. I contribute my ability to not lose my shit more than once to my morning routine. My routine has really helped me start the day off on the right foot. I believe the right morning routine can help anyone.
I use to say I didn’t have time for a morning routine. I realized I had to make time for one. Earlier this year I started getting up a little bit earlier so I could develop a good routine. On school days this means I am waking up at 6 am. That is something I never thought I would say.
I slowly incorporated one thing at a time until I developed the routine I have now. It’s not perfect but it sure does work. Truth be told my morning routine starts the night before. I go to bed early so I can get a good night’s sleep and that makes it more likely I will get up on time.
I’ve been using the sleep cycle app to ensure I get up on time. It senses your sleep cycles and wakes you up when your in the lightest sleep with a gradual alarm. This helps me not to be jolted awake and maximizes my sleep time. It also makes it less likely that I will hit the snooze button. By putting my phone on airplane mode I ensure I won’t be disturbed by any texts, phone calls, or wi fi signals.
The very first thing I incorporated into my morning routine was writing five things I am grateful for in my journal. They cannot be the same things as the day before. It helps remind me that no matter what happens there is always something to be grateful for. I start my day with a grateful heart.
The next thing I started incorporating into my morning routine was positive affirmations. I have a page full of positive affirmations that I say over and over to myself for five minutes. Every month or so I come up with new affirmations to say to myself. I truly believe that if we tell ourselves something enough we begin to believe it. When we believe something we will do what it takes to achieve it and be a magnet for the things we want in life.
Every single book I’ve read and podcast I have listened to about success or successful people have mentioned meditation. I tried meditation on many occasions without much success at sticking to it. Finally I found something that helps me to meditate and stick to it. That’s the head space app. The meditations are quick and are guided. The time seems to fly by and it’s very easy to follow.
Most recently I have incorporated chanting with crystals. I know this is deeply woo for many people but I find the crystals comforting. I can feel the energy the emit. They have brought a whole new level of zen to my life.
The key to my morning ritual is I do not check my phone or computer before this. I have my phone on airplane mode so no one can disturb my slumber and my morning ritual. I do not allow myself the distraction of my phone or computer until I have completed my entire routine.
Later in the morning I make time to get my daily workout in. It helps me have energy for the rest of my day and it always makes me feel so much better. That endorphin high is really something. Although not a part of my morning routine it’s still something I make time for in the morning.
Don’t worry I make sure to use the bathroom and brush my teeth after my morning ritual too as well as feed my kiddos. It’s those four things in my routine that I attribute for starting my day off on the right foot. Despite the universe testing my zen like state this morning routine has helped me maintain it.
Do you have a morning routine? Comment below and let me know what you do.