A lot of bloggers and social media influencers talk about their morning routines. While they're all interesting to read, I feel like I personally start to get lost in the sauce of repetition. Most of them also miss the mindfulness and self love aspect that I search for.
I've recently started a new morning routine that I would like to share with you all. It's not so much about what products I'm putting on my face or in my hair, but more about what I'm doing for my soul to prepare myself for a positive, productive day.
The Mindful Morning
Get up earlier.
This one was hard for me at first. I was a snooze-warrior. I had good intentions and would set my alarm anywhere from 20-30 minutes earlier, but I would unknowingly press the snooze button and wake up at my normal time. I genuinely was completely unaware, most times, that I was doing this. It became habit.
So, to combat this act, I put my phone out of reach. Can't snooze the alarm if you have to get up and out of bed to do so! Well, you can I suppose, but it's waaaaay less likely.
Once I had a little more faith in myself, I put my phone a little closer. Not next to my pillow, where it was before, but on the ground next to my bed. This made it so I still had to become someone conscious to turn my alarm off.
Now I can happily say that I am successfully getting up 20 minutes earlier than I originally was - creating just enough time for the rest of my mindful morning.
Drink a mug of lemon water.
This started out with just drinking one mug of water. Statistics all over tell you how much water you should be drinking a day and when the optimal time is and blah blah blah. A mug's worth just kinda works for me. Not sure why I chose that amount, but it's not too much and not too little.
Originally drinking water right when I woke up made me nauseous as hell. I dreaded it. But I stuck with it and I definitely noticed it made me feel a little more awake and I wasn't fiending for breakfast as quickly.
The lemon seems to give a little refreshing energy boost as well, but it was more for the flavor since I'm not a huge fan of boring ole water.
I don't chug the water all at once. I just sip it while I'm getting ready and make sure it is completely gone before I leave for work. Maybe drinking it slowly is helping with the nausea? I know I'm not alone with that feeling!
This is a game changer. I used to be a night meditator, but something about doing it first thing in the morning seems so much more beneficial for my soul. Depending on how much time I have, I just sit in my little meditation spot and listen to a guided meditation for anywhere from 5 to 15 minutes. This moment of tranquility really helps me get my day started in a peaceful, gentle way!
I don't have a ton of time in the morning to journal since I have to get to work on time, but I've developed a short journal practice that I feel helps me be more mindful throughout the day.
The first way I start my practice is by writing down 3 things I am grateful for in that moment. I've actually never had a repeat on my lists, so it is amazing how many things you can realize bring you gratitude in your day to day life. Things as simple as clean drinking water or a good hair day can definitely brighten your mood when you recognize how grateful you are for them.
After my gratitude practice, comes some short and sweet affirmations. I've got a few that I use on a daily basis, but sometimes powerful phrases just pop into my head as I'm doing this practice. My most recent daily affirmation is, "I am helping people with my passion." Short, sweet and to the point!
I end my journal page with a list of 3 things that I like about myself. This may seem weird or conceited to some of you, but I think it's important to love yourself and recognize all of the good qualities you have. We have a tendency to pick ourselves a part and point out "flaws" more regularly than good things. This practice has really made me focus less on the bad and more on the positives I feel that I have.
Everything after this mindful part of my morning is pretty basic. Brush my teeth. Slap some make up on my face. Change out of my comfy, warm pajamas. Brush my hair - maybe. Then head off to work!
Having time set aside every morning to genuinely practice mindfulness has definitely improved my overall well-being. I am a much happier, more calm person now. My days seem to run a lot smoother and I'm able to recognize when my moods are starting to shift in a way that will not serve my life.
Even if you don't go full force into a morning routine like mine, I can guarantee that you will definitely start to benefit if you incorporate some type of mindfulness into your mornings. The time immediately after you wake up is crucial to how you will spend your entire day - so make it good!
My favorite journal for my morning routine.
Pens that make journaling more fun.
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