From the moment our eyes open, we set our intentions for the day. More often than not the first though upon waking is in a form of not enough. It starts with not enough sleep and then translates to not enough time, money, workouts, or ultimately, not feeling good enough with who we are.
Whether we realize it or not, our morning thoughts and actions can help set the tone for the day, feeling scarce for everything or abundant with gratitude. I use to give myself 45 minutes to get ready for work and hit the snooze button 2 times minimum. I would rush to get dressed, inhale my coffee and breakfast and make it to work with minutes to spare. I didn’t have “enough” time. I was rushed. I was stressed. I felt busy but never productive.
It wasn’t until I realization that I had the power to * create* time for myself being rushed and stressed is more a mental game and perception. Once I started to create time I realized that I had more control than I thought, to create other meaningful parts of my life. Taking that kind of responsibility for yourself is pretty eye opening and empowering.
Over the past few years I have developed a morning ritual, that I simply love. It starts my day with thoughts that tell me I am enough, I have enough, and today will be enough. Here are 5 rituals I use most mornings of the week.
Side note: Don’t stress yourself out trying to do all 5 or try to mimic what I do. Create your, own, unique, rules when it comes to your morning ritual and try to spend just a few minutes implementing one thing and see how it changes your day. You can only do your best and your best may vary day to day.
Make your bed.
I love this advice from this commencement speech you can check out here.
“If you make your bed every morning you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride and it will encourage you to do another task and another and another.
By the end of the day, that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed. Making your bed will also reinforce the fact that little things in life matter.”
Positive psychology science is actually showing that journaling about 3 things each morning you are grateful for can have a positive impact on your outlook. Try this for 21 days and try to make each day different. The first few days will probably be obvious, as you will probably be grateful for you home, spouse, mom, children etc. After a few days you will probably have to dig a little deeper but that is when the true appreciation comes out. You find you may be grateful for legs that move and money to buy food.
Morning coffee, tea, or meal.
I looooove my morning cup of coffee. In fact, I get excited to go to bed at night so I have my coffee in the morning. I do my best to sip it and enjoy it, though I should probably try not to inhale it. But hey, who’s to say what I should and should not do. Prepare a yummy breakfast, cup of coffee or tea, and take a few minutes to sip it. I laugh because my sister with two young kids say her cup of coffee lasts all morning. And you know what, that is totally fine, but just make sure you enjoy each sip even if they are 30 minutes apart. That morning cup of coffee is still her morning ritual.
I want your ego to come out on this one. Write down a couple different positive affirmations on a notecard or post it and read them to yourself in the morning.
I will eat foods that nourish my body and mind.
I look amazing and have a strong and healthy body.
I am grateful for where I am right now while striving to get better.
I make mistakes but I am only human and mistakes are actually an amazing part of life because they help me learn.
My body does not define me.
Wake up with extra time.
This one can be tough but if you can wake up even 5 extra minutes just do eat your meal slowly, take a longer shower, or journal, you can begin to create more time in your routine. Once you realize you have the power to create in all areas of you life, you will build more confidence in what you do and who you are. And the cool thing is, the cycle repeats itself.