RISE AND SHINE – Morning Rituals
I’m a morning person by nature.
I’m not a wait until after the coffee kicks in, kinda gal.
I’m a let’s bring our vision board to life, talk about our dreams, and do amazing things all before 8 am kind of girl.
Welcome to my morning routine & rituals
Wake up at 5 am – snooze until 5:15 am
Feet hit the floor and the day officially begins. Sipping on coffee (love the taste) or lemon water as I move into a quiet room in our home that is beyond magical in the mornings as the sun rises.
Powering on my diffuser and applying oils to my neck, chest, and scalp – I then write. Writing without judgment, ego, or perfection – allowing the pen to glide over the page as emotions, ideas, and mental downloads come faster than my hand can write.
I turn to gratitude following my journaling. Writing 5 things each morning that I am grateful for. It may be gratitude for the previous day, gratitude for the day ahead, or simply acknowledging gratitude for my life and those in it.
Turning to manifest and meditation have been a challenge far greater than expected. During meditation, I often lay on an acupressure mat to awaken the body. Should my mind begin to race during this phase, I bring my attention and focus back to any mantras or lessons from the guided courses I am following along with.
Fully awake it’s time to move. Our home gym is well equipped with everything we could need for a powerful full-body workout. Air & spin bikes, rowing machines, squat racks, deadlift platforms, and a variety of dumbbells & kettlebells leave no room for excuses.
Our morning moves in sync and leaves enough time for preparing for the workday, packing our lunches, blending smoothies, and making it to our respected offices with time to spare. We used to be the opposite, hitting snooze for as many times as we could, skipping breakfast, barely making it to work on time.
Below are ways, we’ve designed our routine and rituals to support our lifestyle.
CREATING MORNING RITUALS
“Hustle” has become a trendy buzzword and a concept many social media influencers and business coaches hype and promote. I too was once lost in the hustle mentality. Hustle led to burn-out, unhappiness, and frustration.
Slowing down and embracing a morning routine rooted in consistency and alignment with what our bodies, mind, and soul need will dramatically transform your life.
Leaning on our busyness was an excuse from doing what we knew would benefit us most.
When new clients share their morning routines with me, it is no wonder many feel overwhelmed, stressed, and exhausted before 7 am.
If the above description sounds like you, it’s time to shift your energy to create “me time” before the rest of your home environment is awake for the day.
By applying these tips, our morning has gone from hectic to calm & collected.
1 – Wake up at a consistent time daily – weekends, too!
2 – Avoid reaching for your phone (& scrolling social media or emails) until your morning routine is complete.
- Let your mind and body awaken without the impact of a text, tweet, or post. By allowing someone or something else to invade this time you are turning over your power and in effect, working against the desired outcome you are seeking.
- A word of caution – it may feel natural to add 5 or more tasks to your morning routine & rituals. Please don’t. Don’t let this time become a task list you complete, instead let this routine grow and evolve to support you over time.
- Filling your metaphorical cup first will allow you to respond better to the day, knowing you are centered and grounded.
3 – Plan your day the night before. This takes a bit of work and consistency. Reviewing the day ahead prior to getting into bed with a plan will lead to restful sleep instead of allowing your to-do list to invade your sleep.
4 – Script your day, be detailed. I learned this technique from Jenny Penton of Planner Perfect. The more detailed you are when designing your month, week, and day the more joy and happiness you’ll experience. Even the most unexciting of chores – cleaning the bathroom or ironing your clothes feels different when you’ve scripted it into your day. (An upcoming post will be coming soon to detail how I’m scripting my day and the powerful results I am seeing.)
5 – Not everything is an emergency or a priority. As a society, we’ve grown accustomed to instant feedback (positive or negative). Which has created a weird dynamic that almost everything is marked as an emergency or priority. When designing your day – focus on no more than three critical tasks for the day. Remember, we underestimate the time most tasks will take and overestimate what we can accomplish in a day. Be realistic when outlining your day.
As you begin to create a new foundation for your morning routine and rituals you may need to adjust from time to time. By planning and scripting your day those disruptions won’t feel as altering or jarring as if you were operating from a place of chaos and inconsistency.