Let’s get one thing straight; I’m laying my cards on the table. I am NOT a morning person!
I’m pretty sure if you ask my husband, he’ll say it’s like waking the beast.
My mornings used to flow (more like speed by) a lot differently than they do now.
I’d set my alarm early, vowing to get up as soon as it went off, but sure enough, the snooze button was hit several times, leaving me on the last minute and leaping in the shower (sounding familiar?).
Showered, teeth brushed, deodorant spayed, face moisturizer applied (no time for makeup), gym kit thrown on, downstairs, kettle boiling, lemon & ginger shot swallowed, coffee in hand, I could be in the car on my way to my first client all within 20 minutes. And Breathe!
Yes, my morning routine appeared streamlined, but there was no room for any hiccups.
Rushing like this was a continual shock to the body and not supporting a healthy lifestyle.
I wasn’t nourishing my body; instead, I was starting my day by flooding it with cortisol. I felt my efforts throughout the day to nourish my body was trying to undo the stress my morning routine was causing.
One thing I would like to say is, don’t take the bull in a china shop approach and try to change everything all at once.
It’s far better and more sustainable to implement gradual changes. Maybe pick one or two things to try out, give them a go for a week or two then try a few more changes. Again find what works for you and your body.
Once my alarm goes off hit stop, I count 5,4,3,2,1 and get straight up. I pretend my phone is a ball of fire, which I can’t handle (yes, I am a culprit of going to bed with my phone next to me). I head straight to the bathroom, leaving my phone safely on my bedside table.
I run a bath or have a shower (I like to soak for 10 mins to warm up my muscles). While the bath is running, I tongue scrape, have a large glass of water and body brush to increase circulation and stimulate my lymphatic system (a few quick sweeps up the body starting at the soles off my feet and working upwards and in towards the heart).
While I’m either in the bath, I use this time to meditate. Either practising a breathing technique or doing a body scan. If I’m in the shower, I focus on the water falling over me, tracing it down my body, taking the chance to check in with how I feel physically, and how I feel mentally. Breathing in for a count of 4 and breathing out for a count of 8.
When I’m dried and brushing my teeth, I think about how I want to feel throughout the day – setting an intention for the day! Sometimes its as simple as I want to feel nourished, or I want to feel productive and calm.
Now, this next one is a new habit for me. I’m not going to lie it felt strange to start with, but I’ve stuck with it as it helps seal my intention. Once I have set my focus or desired feeling for the day, I use the mirror and look into my eyes, holding my gaze for a good few seconds (yes it was weird, to begin with), then I repeat the desired intention/feeling to myself a few times, 3 is my magic number. I found this to be a little private packed I make to myself.
With my clothes on (laid out the night before – old habit), I head downstairs, flick on the kettle, drink my daily lemon & ginger shot (I bulk juice these at the weekend) then pour myself a delicious cup of coffee then take a peaceful moment to journal.
Again these can be super simple like my alarm going off, the hot water in the shower, having a full nights sleep, being able to call my parents, the use of technology. However heartfelt or practical you want, it’s your gratitude list. I also write out 1-3 action steps to help me achieve my intention or desired feeling.
If I set the intention to feel nourished, I consider what I can do to achieve that feeling? Eat a nourishing breakfast (not skipping it), drink plenty of water, move my body. Again, you can keep it simple, or you can expand on those as much as you wish. If I have enough time, I might journal in more detail, but I’ve found keeping it simple means I’m not setting myself up to fail, plus I’m a sucker for bullet points.
For example, if I was to write – I’m going to nourish my body by going for a long run. Still, I only manage a walk, or some yoga poses I could potentially feel like I’ve failed by not doing the long run rather than appreciating the walk and yoga for the good they did.
Keeping it simple works for me, plus it stops me overthinking it too much, it’s more intuitive.
Knowing I have had a little time on my own to get clear on the day ahead, helps me remain calm, and the morning flows smoothly.
If its a morning I have don’t have an early client, I lace up my trainers either heading to the gym for a session or hitting the roads for a run. However, if neither of these feels appealing, I roll out my yoga mat.
Yes, this might seem like it can take a while, surprising it only takes 30 minutes! And I don’t have to set my alarm as early as I used to – Bonus!
By getting up immediately rather than hitting snoozing umpteen times, I have given my body the healthy start to the day it deserves.
I feel calmer, have time to get clear on what lies ahead, and I’ve set myself up for a productive day.
Oh, and my husband is no longer fearful of the beast, well, until he leaves his toothbrush out or his wardrobe door open!
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