My morning was becoming an obnoxious waste of time, starting with an alarm set way too early, followed by multiple annoying snoozes. My husband, Peter, was dreading the 5:00am wake up call that went on for almost an hour. I honestly can’t remember when I became a “snoozer”. It certainly isn’t something I have ever admitted to be, but today I am professing my addiction to the snooze button. I always think of myself as a “jump out of bed, ready to start the day” kind of person. Honestly, the multiple morning snoozes and slinking out from under the sheets is so not me. This past week, snoozing officially came to an end! I am excited to share with you 4 of my rediscovered morning rituals that have taken its place.
1. 5 mins of mindfulness
Meditation is extremely difficult for me. My mind wanders and I find myself indulging in my thoughts. When meditating, I try to check my ego and reset when I notice I am drifting. If you haven’t incorporated a meditation practice into your day, I suggest you give it a shot! It doesn’t have to be a lengthy meditation to be beneficial. I notice a huge difference in my mental state on days when I start with 5 mindful minutes. I feel more grounded and present throughout my day. Even those very well-practiced in meditation can find it difficult at times. It is a continual work in progress, so don’t be too easily discouraged!
I can remember a time when I was on a real health kick and had eliminated coffee, opting for warm water with lemon each and every morning. Although I am drinking coffee again, I still think hydration first thing in the morning is important. This past week, I made a conscious effort to have at least 500ml of water before my coffee, and I do think it helped me stay hydrated and feel better throughout the day.
3. keeping a gratitude journal
Following my morning meditation, I write in my gratitude journal. It’s not fancy and I don’t put any pressure on the number of entries I write each day. For me, it’s about reflecting on my previous day and highlighting little positives. I often include affirmations and identify things I have set out to attract in my life. It is a way to focus on all I have to be grateful for and helps me stay present.
4. 20 mins of purposeful reading (with a hot coffee in hand….of course)
I am someone who is inspired by reading about personal growth, motivation and success stories. Previously, I was guilty of getting lost on the internet and browsing social media first thing in the morning. This would inevitably bring about some negative thoughts and often trigger items for my to do list. Now, I enjoy my coffee with my nose in a book! Most recently, I finished You are a Badass, and it really helped me feel excited and optimistic about launching this blog! It has also inspired me to become more involved in my community and focus on what I want my life to be, while considering all the amazing opportunities surrounding me. Have you read it? I’d love to hear you thoughts!
My goal for this spring is to re-introduce morning running! There is something so beautiful about a run in the early light (or often darkness…) of morning, in the crisp fresh air, when most people are still asleep. I find it so very satisfying and invigorating. It’s on my to do list, I’ll keep you posted on how it goes! What does your morning look like? Do you have an elaborate morning routine or are you up and out of the house in 15 minutes? Fill me in!
Wishing you a wonderful start to your week! xx