One of my biggest secrets is my dedication to a morning routine. It’s one of the most important ingredients to living a magical life.
Starting your day with a morning routine creates space to feel more connected and less hectic. I know when I rush through the day without sticking to my routine, I feel all over the place. But when I take time to honour myself — to fill my own cup first — life flows so much more smoothly.
Benefits of a Morning Routine:
- Reduces stress levels.
- You control the day – the day doesn’t control you.
- It grounds you.
- Increases productivity.
So, you never had a morning routine? Or you want to upgrade your current one? Let me show you an easy way to get started so you can invite more joy and ease into your life.
Step One: Make a List
Write down 10 things you would ideally love to do in your magical morning routine. For example…
- Stretch or do yoga.
- Light a candle and say a prayer.
- Go for a walk (in nature with your dog is a bonus!)
- Do affirmations.
- Name 5 things you are grateful for.
- Go to the gym.
- Read something inspiring.
- Journal, or do morning pages.
- Dance to your favourite song.
- Pranayama (increasing life force through breath work).
- Do a visualisation.
- Go for a mountain bike ride.
- Take an epson salts/healing bath.
- Sing, hum or do mantra.
- Be still for 5 minutes.
- Set an intention for your day.
Now think of a few of your own …
Step Two: Choose Your Top 5
From the list, you just created, identify the top 5 things that make your heart sing, and that you would most love to incorporate in your routine. Depending on the amount of time I have, I usually only do three. Variety is the spice of life, so some mornings I will go for a walk, other mornings I will do yoga instead.
Step Three: How Much Time Do You Have?
Decide how long you would like to spend on your magical morning routine. Maybe it’s 30 minutes, one hour, or maybe you’ve only got 10 minutes. It doesn’t matter how long it is, it’s all about your intention.
Step Four: Your Plan of Action
Now, starting with the time you want to rise, put your three chosen actions in that order, with the designated time listed next to each. For example…
Say my top 3 are journaling, doing yoga and meditating, my list might look something like this…
And if I had 40 minutes, it might look like this…
6 am – Wake up
6:05 am to 6:15 am — Journal for 10 minutes
6:15 am to 6:30 am — Do yoga for 15 minutes (in my PJ’s)
6:30 am to 6:40 am — Meditate for 10 minutes
And if I only had 15 minutes, it might look like this…
6 am — Wake up
6 am to 6:05 am — Yoga or stretching in my PJ’s
6:05 am to 6:15 am — Meditation
6:14 am to 6:15 am — Name 5 things I am grateful for.
It’s also important to be realistic because there are going to be times when you had a bad night’s sleep, your cat is sick, or you are on a deadline. And that is ok. When things go pear shape I try and incorporate the easier practices, like doing affirmations in the shower, or take a few deep breaths while the kettle is boiling for a strong cup of coffee.
Give yourself the same care and attention that you give to others and watch yourself bloom
Special Tips & Tools
- It sometimes happen that I focus on 1 thing for 20 minutes instead of doing all three. Whatever feels right for you!
- Just get started, even if it’s 10 minutes a day.
- Make it fun.
- Try and get up 10 minutes before the family wakes up.
- Be creative with your time by doing your affirmations while you are making breakfast, or set your intention for the day while taking a shower. Yes!
- Include the kids in your morning routine (on your way to school) by asking them what they are grateful for.
It is so important to fill your own cup first so you can show up in the world as the best version of yourself.
Thank you so much for being here and your willingness to grow… you are an inspiration!
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