THE NIGHT OWL APPROVED MORNING ROUTINE
I always thought that I was a morning person, and maybe I was at one point, but if there is one thing that I have always struggled with it is maintaining a consistent morning routine.
What we do first thing in the morning sets the tone for the rest of our day. If you wake up late and unorganized, and scramble to get out the door there is a pretty good chance that you are going to have trouble focusing and feel an underlying sense of stress or anxiety all day; you are likely to make more spontaneous (and not in a cute, adventurous kind of way) and unhealthy decisions; and will probably crash mentally and not be very productive.
But when we start the day consciously, our thoughts and actions can align to our purpose and we often experience more energy, focus, and motivation, as well as making healthier and more sustainable choices.
I know this because it’s exactly what happens to me.
And even though I set my alarm extra early to try to accomplish all the mindful morning tasks that the successful and enlightened do every day before I have to leave for work, knowing that it will better my overall health and wellbeing, I sometimes still hit snooze.
Why? Because it stresses me out more trying to figure out how to wake up refreshed, eat a balanced meal, exercise, read a book, meditate for an hour, journal, and be awesome when I’d rather sleep because I’M NOT A MORNING PERSON!
Usually I strongly dislike labeling myself as anything because we are always changing as we grow into the best versions of ourselves. Plus I feel like saying that I am not a morning person means that somewhere along the line I failed at being a morning person and I also strongly dislike failing. But I had to admit this one to myself in order to finally find a morning routine that worked for me.
Your morning routine doesn’t have to be 2 hours long, because, let’s be honest here, most of us don’t have that kind of time in the morning, especially if we aren’t the type to rise before the sun.
So here is my non-morning person approved morning routine that you can even do right from your bed. And it can be as short or as long as you need it to be. Do these 5 things, in no particular order except for #1, every morning and I promise it will completely change your day.
I always keep a big glass of good old H2O next to my bed that I chug as soon as I wake up. Up to 60% of our body is made up of water with the heart and brain containing 70% water each and the lungs containing over 80% water. Needless to say, water is pretty important in maintaining a healthy body. Drinking water first thing in the morning, especially hydrogen rich alkalized water, rehydrates the body; flushing out toxins, fueling your brain, boosting your immune system, and kick starting your metabolism, which ultimately leads to an increase in overall mood, alertness, focus, and productivity, and can aid in weight loss.
‘but first, coffee’ is now officially ‘but first, WATER’
When we sleep all attraction stops, and when we wake we are essentially reborn. We are given a fresh start every single day to choose what we will bring about into our lives. Starting your day with meditation instantly resets your thoughts. If you went to bed stressed or worried, it is very likely that you will wake up with that same low vibrational energy that you will carry with you throughout the day. Take a few moments each morning to quiet the mind, take some deep, cleansing breaths, and focus your thoughts on positives aspects and things that you want rather than things that you don’t want. Doing this will set into motion the attraction of those high vibrational things. Because our thoughts ARE our reality, and what we think we receive; it’s the Law of Attraction.
Need a little help with your morning meditation? You can find 2 of my favorite 10-minute guided meditations HERE
We have grown accustomed to living our lives on other people’s terms. We wake up, check our e-mail, check our social media feeds, check our messages, etc… we have become addicted to input and being guided by others agendas.
When we sleep our subconscious mind is active. Our deepest desires and layers of intellect and creativity are in full bloom below the surface of our consciousness. Meditation and journaling first thing upon waking allows us to tap into these subconscious layers and manifest them into reality.
Journaling in the morning provides us with the opportunity to write a new story for the day. It sets the stage to align with our intentions, manifest goals, spark our creativity, clear emotional blocks, and increase gratitude. Take back your life and live on your own agenda. Tapping into your wants and needs will instantly shift your mindset and ultimately allow you to attract exactly what you want in life.
Or listen to an audiobook, but you need to feed the brain. And I’m not talking fiction, I’m talking about books that activate the mind and speak to the soul.
Every morning I read at least one chapter of Money, and the Law of Attraction by Esther and Jerry Hicks. The chapters range from a few sentences to a few pages. Sometimes when my mind is racing first thing in the morning, I will read a chapter before meditating and journalling to give me something specific to focus on and help me direct my thoughts.
I put together a short list of some of my favorite titles HERE
Stretch, walk, run, swim, whatever it is that you enjoy or are physically capable of doing first thing in the morning do it. Exercise, even low intensity movement like stretching, gets the blood flowing, wakes up the body, and kick starts your metabolism.
And that’s it! Five simple ways to drastically improve your day, your mindset, and your health.
What does your morning routine look like? I would love to know! Drop it in the comments below!