Set yourself up for success: Develop a morning routine
“You’ll never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine.”
— John C Maxwell, author of “How Successful People Think”
When you wake up in the morning, what is the first thing that you do? Hit snooze seven times? Hide under the blankets? Reach for the coffee pot and start brewing? Do you find yourself rushing into work late, having only consumed thee cups of caffeine and nothing else?
If we can take five, 10 or even 30 minutes in the morning to starting cultivating a healthy routine, you may find it sets you up for the rest of your day. However you start those first few hours usually predicts the way the rest of it will follow. And the way you live your days is reflective of the way you live your life.
Mornings are a time to reset. Perhaps you failed an exam, had a fight with your best friend, messed up at work, or have regrets from the previous night at the bar — well this is your chance to press reset! Nothing else should matter in this time as you concentrate on putting forth positive energy and implementing self care at the top of your list.
There may be many people who impact your day past those first 30 minutes — husband, partner, kids, dogs, colleagues, employees … so giving a little attention to yourself at this time is a chance to remind yourself that you need to fill up your own cup before you can support others efficiently. Set yourself some boundaries and boost your self esteem in doing so!
But hey, let’s be honest, the willpower it takes to skip out of bed, practice gratitude, do yoga, drink hot tea, whip up a protein packed breakfast and meditate on top of all that is sometimes nonexistent however hard you try to conjure it. So, don’t set the bar too high. Start with just one thing and this might be enough to inspire you to add more down the line.
Here are a few things we love:
You might not have time for a full yoga class, or even five Sun Salutations, but some simple stretches can really help wake your body up, improve flexibility, increase circulation and calm any anxiety. Breathe slowly while you’re doing it and you’ve got two things in one!
2. Jade Rolling:
The seemingly new “trend” that is all over your social media feed right now is actually rooted in a practice that is thousands of years old. Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners use gua sha as a bodywork technique to move stuck energy through the blood, and now the practice has been modified in a gentler way to be used on the face. Tension in tissue and muscle is released, collagen and elastin stimulated, and circulation improved, resulting in decreased puffiness and an awesome glow! For added benefit, use an organic facial serum and store your roller in the freezer.
3. Affirmations and Intentions:
Think of something that works for you: “You’ve got this!” “I have everything I need to succeed!” “I am in the world to change the world!” Repeated mantras or affirmations can help increase your sense of self worth and self esteem if repeated daily. Say something kind to yourself that you can come back to throughout your day.
4. Dry Brushing:
The five minutes you need to implement this super beneficial practice are totally worth it. With the skin being the largest organ in the body, responsible for daily detoxification, and the one which mirrors any toxicity on the inside, it’s well worth spending some time dry brushing. The potential benefits include: reduced appearance of cellulite, smoother, brighter skin, lymphatic drainage and improved circulation, rejuvenated nervous system, increased nutrient absorption … need we go on? Bonus tip — alternate the temperature in the shower post brushing to further invigorate the skin.
5. Hug Someone:
Maybe it’s your partner, your dog, a complete stranger or a tree — studies show that hugging can boost our happiness, help alleviate anxiety, and strengthen our immune system. Better still hug yourself! And practice your affirmations while doing it.
Look for moments throughout your morning where you can hack your routine even further. Meditate while washing up, sit outside and listen to the sounds while drinking coffee, or breathe deeply while showering. Just remember to take this time for yourself, before giving it to others.
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