“Every day we are born again”– Buddha
There are so many ways to make impactful changes in your life. In doing the “inner work” I have found that starting with a morning routine or “morning ritual” was the best place to begin my Journey to a physically and emotionally healthy lifestyle.
Luckily, I am a morning person so creating a morning routine was fairly easy, and exciting for me. I also love a good challenge!
This past year I have really been experiencing some extreme internal changes which I like to contribute to a Spiritual Awakening. Although, the past few years I have been embarking on a Journey of health (mental and physical) and I recognize that with each change that I experience in my life I need to focus on what my body and my mind need to gain balance.
My morning wellness routine is very important to me as it provides me with the structure I crave but it is also quite flexible. This routine also gives me something to look forward to each day as I rise in the morning. This positive start gets my head in the right mindspace so I am ready to tackle my day with a clear mind and a peaceful soul.
I am grateful for this practice and I continue to alter it to adjust to life’s little changes and challenges because as we know life is constantly evolving.
It takes 26 days for a habit to become a lifestyle.
Below are a few “morning ritual” ideas that may help you create your own daily practice –
- Wake up with the sunrise (“early to bed, early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise” – Benjamin Franklin, famously)
- Drink a glass of room temperature water (with lemon if you can – fantastic liver cleanse)
- Intermittent fast – there are many helpful articles out there that offer the varying types of fasting that is not only beneficial but its quite easy. I alter mine to my lifestyle because we can’t always stick to one style. Most days I stop eating by 6 or 7 pm and do not eat any food until 10 or 11am, this helps to kick start my metabolism but also helps me cut down on inflammation – this is amazing for the gut
- Walk the dog / get on the treadmill (it doesn’t matter how cold or hot it is, get that body moving)
- Eat cold or hot oats with fresh or frozen fruits – this easy recipe can be prepared the night before
- Eat a cup of chai seed pudding – my favorite recipe is 1/4 cup chai seeds, 1 cup coconut milk, tsp raw honey, add blueberries, peaches or whatever fruit you desire – its magical (see picture above)
- Make a collagen or protein smoothie – google smoothie recipes for some awesome ideas
- Brush your teeth, wash your face, give yourself a mini facial or at least a detox scrub (I have some fantastic homemade organic facial products I can share)
- Do at least 20 minutes of yoga stretches or if you are feeling bold do a 30 minute power yoga session 🙂
- Start an exercise routine – whatever speaks to you, do it!
- Make a cup of hot coffee or green tea – drink it slow and savor the flavor 🙂 Go to your sacred space, grab your journal and make this your morning “me time”.
- Meditate for at least 5 minutes – or just sit in silence as you drink your tea/coffee/smoothie and just be
- Practice grounding and earthing
- Peruse your garden and cut fresh flowers for your home – assuming you have a garden, if not, steal your neighbors flowers and put them in a vase (LOL, kidding, well, kind of) – every morning, right before coffee, I wander through my perennial gardens and soak up the sounds of the birds, the beautiful colors and the warm air. See pic’s below of my beauties.
- Write in your journal (express your gratitude, set your goals, write down your worries and let them go) – Don’t know how to journal or where to begin? start here
- Read your gratitude list out loud and thank the Universe, God, Buddha, whatever you believe in for another beautiful day in this life – we are not guaranteed another day so express gratitude as you rise for this gift!
- Take a hot shower and be in the moment (you can also take a hot bath with Epsom salt and lavender before bed to wash away the day)
- Get ready for your day (do your hair, put on makeup)
- Dress to impress (even if you work from home)
- If you commute, put on your favorite music, podcast or audio book – enjoy the time you have to yourself – not everyone gets this space to breathe
With consistent practice and creating daily KeyStone Habits you can learn to transform your life into the one you deserve. For this, I like to use the term – stepping stones. Every little step you take brings you one step closer to your new and healthy life.
With stepping stones you literally take each and every day, one step at a time. It takes self awareness, motivation, inspiration, determination and the drive to want to change and the commitment to stay on task (and focused) as you begin your new Journey. I know this because I have done the work and although there were times I wanted to quit, I am so grateful I didn’t.
Disclaimer: the work is never “done”. We are all a constant work in progress and since life is constantly changing and evolving, we need to continuously grow with these changes. I do promise that setting a habit does become easier as you get into your new routine.
Its just as easy and important to create an “evening wind-down ritual” as well (Contact Us for ideas to create your evening ritual).