In these times when most of us are at home we might need a little support to get the day started. Try playing around with some of these ideas. Having healthy habits ( especially in the morning) is one of the key things successful people say makes the biggest difference to their success! It’s certainly worked for me so see how you get on?
A while back, I came across a series of articles about how influential people began their day. It turns out they all had a routine which became their foundations for success.
From jumping into a private plunge pool to committing to a daily run, they all adopted various activities to set them up for the day – and it inspired me to gather my own selection of morning rituals.
This came at a time when I was actively looking at ways of putting metta loving kindness into practice. If you haven’t come across the concept, it involves directing loving kindness towards ourselves first, which will then ripple out to others.
As a result, my morning rituals focus on this idea – that unselfish self-care will have the happy by-product of benefiting the world around me.
As with all my practices, I do like a bit of variety, because I’m easily bored! Instead of a set routine, I choose from the following ideas and I’ve found each and every one to be genuinely beneficial.
- Waking wiggle
On waking, I have a wriggle and stretch, noticing how my body is feeling. Any areas feeling a little bit out of whack? Anything needing a bit more TLC? How can I ease into those areas today.
2. Steady breaths
I always take a few deep breaths in and out through the nose, with a sigh on the out breath, always noticing how my body responds. It’s important not to rush this – just take it steady.
3. Start smiling
A great start to the day is to smile and say something I’m thankful for in my life. Not sure where to start? I have pictures of family and friends around my home and crystals hanging in my window, which bounce spheres of rainbows around the room as the sun rises. It’s a magical thing to see and always raises a smile.
4. Air is energy
Opening the windows to get some fresh air circulating around your home is a simple but effective way of bringing fresh air and new energy into your home.
5. Morning mantras
Mantras – yogic words or sounds repeated to aid concentration in meditation – can help greatly and if you are you feeling stuck in any area of your life, feel stressed or find yourself in a negative mindset here are a couple of examples for you.
Want to find love? Improve your financial position? Can’t sing? Try listening to these sounds with awareness while sitting in meditation – or have them playing in the background while you’re working.
Set a regular daily practice and notice any changes to how you feel about the situation. You might get some insights, or maybe just feel clearer.
6. Altar area
In traditional Thai homes, a small altar area is commonplace – and it’s a beautiful way of making a dedicated space in which to sit and meditate. Try making an offering with words of dedication, perhaps lighting a candle or incense.
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7. Stick your tongue out
It may be prosaic but the Ayurvedic practice of tongue scraping is simple and effective. Find out more here.
8. Morning zing
All the teen magazines used to say models did this – but it turns out it really is a healthy way to start the day. Try freshly-squeezed lemon juice in hot water to cleanse and refresh.
9. Vinegar vigour
As an alternative, take apple cider vinegar with hot water and sometimes honey. Read more here.
10. Fun up your exercise
Fitness doesn’t have to be a routine. If it makes you smile, you might even do it more often! My favourites are hoola hooping, rebounding (mini trampoline), vibration plate or yoga. I just mix it up, depending on my mood. Need reasons to start? Check out this inspiration.
As I said, I don’t do ALL of these every morning (I’d have to get up very early!) but I do select from them and have found them all to be beneficial to my wellbeing.
- What about your list?
- Which things can you include?
- When will you start?
- How will you track your progress?
In the past, I’ve used a weekly dry wipe board to make a note of what I get up to, so I can see when I’m getting distracted and not keeping to my regime.
Sometimes I take a day off but some things – taking cold showers, for example – have stayed. It took a while to get my body acclimatised but now I love them. They also mean I plunge straight into the sea when I’m on holiday.
It takes over 40 days to create a habit so choose which one(s) you’d like to play with and gradually see how you feel. Some you might do daily, others every now and again.
I’d love to hear how you get on – and if you need support, just get in touch – it’s what I do! firstname.lastname@example.org
Wishing you a blooming marvellous Spring!
P.S. The next top 10 will follow in the next post!)