Introduction to Your Morning Practice

Photo of coffee and Schedule which is part of your morning rountineYour morning routine helps positively create your day.  

How you wake up in the morning; and what you do first are incredibly important: Those first five minutes have the power to shape your entire day.  

That is why so many coaches and successful influencers recommend a morning practice.  

Robin Sharma, author of The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari, authored a book called the 5 A.M. Club: Own Your Morning, Elevate Your LifeRobin Sharma details his early morning routine in detail. 

Read the book if you what to explore the subject in greater detail.

However, remember starting a new habit takes time. 

Love yourself. 

Membership in the 5 A.M club is not required but getting up a little earlier makes things easier. 

With all this attention to a morning routine, you might start wondering about the kind of morning routine you could create.  

The challenge is, as much as we might want to do these great things, sometimes all we can do to just survive kids, responsibility, and getting out the door to work. 

So, how do you overcome the challenges and find a way to start creating a morning routine suitable for your lifestyle and situation? 

Below I outline some strategies to help you create a morning routine specifically designed for you. 

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Get to it.

A man jumping in front of the rising sunYour first step is the biggest challenge: Get started immediately.
You do not have time for lingering in bed.
Watch out for the snooze button.
It is your enemy.

 

“When you find your WHY, you don’t hit snooze no more! You find a way to make it happen!”

Source: Eric Thomas

I understand how comfy you feel.
Having a set routine helps you here.
Once I switch off the alarm, I have several things I do immediately. As my feet touch the floor, I say thank you, thank you, thank you.
That is my first ritual.

Practical Application


Jot down a couple of ideas for what you could do.

Set Your Intention

One minute is all you need to remind yourself why you are doing this and why your morning routine is critical to your success.
This might be the best place to add an affirmation or a positive thought about the day to carry with you as you work through your morning.

The easiest affirmation I was taught, and still use because it is so quick, is to clap your hand to getter and say, I am having a great day.

Stretch

woman stretchingWhile a complete exercise routine would be best, maybe you can catch a real workout later. For now, why not invest five minutes for stretching to work out the knots and get the blood flowing?

Movement is the best option first thing in the morning. I do 3 sunrise salutations which take all of 2 or 3 minutes. Get creative. Check out possibilities on YouTube. Remember to keep it simple. Small steps.

 

 

Bathe

This is the logical next step. 

Do not skimp on this step. Enjoy your shower but resist the temptation to linger. I bathe, shave, brush my teeth and use a body lotion as little rituals that make me feel confident. I am ready for the day.

Drink a Glass of Lemon Water.

Woman holding a class of waterAgain, this is a quick step, but it helps to rehydrate your body after six or seven hours of sleep. (You are getting that much, right?)

 

 

 

Meditation.

This is a big challenge: starting with formal meditation is not necessary. Nevertheless, you need to keep your morning calm. Rushing out the door means running headlong into the stress of the day before you even begin your day.

So, find a relaxing place to sit and take in a few deep breaths (add in link to breathing article.) Try to do this for at least 5 minutes every morning.

Here is one of our BSM Meditations. Releasing Emotions, for you to try out. 

Food

Part of your morning routine is to eat well My only suggestion is to decide what works best for you. Do you work at home or away from home? Do you find yourself craving a sweet snack around ten AM? Be sensible and stick with healthy food, which means most cereals fail miserably in that department. Snack foods for breakfast provide little energy later when you need it.
Whatever your preferences, make it a habit and stick to the same time frame.

Do not make excuses about not eating healthy, even in a rush. Make a point to have some quick (and healthy) breakfasts on hand. It doesn’t take long to grab a yogurt or a piece of fruit.

Check Your Schedule

A minute spent with your calendar will help you handle the day and alert you to upcoming obligations.

Make a List

What needs doing today?

We tend to let our thoughts circle around in our heads. Take a moment to write down everything you can think of you need to do that day. This isn’t a to-do list. It’s a way of putting what is spinning in your head, onto paper and out of your head. That way, you start your day focused on the tasks instead of worrying about a million minor details.

Finally, take another deep breath. Release it slowly. Now you are ready to face the world. The day is firmly under your control!

When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive - to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.

Next Steps

This is a guide. As you begin to create a habit out of a morning routine you will find adjustments and additions you would like to make.

Because I work from home I have an extended morning routine that includes about an hour and a half of reading and journaling.

This includes writing out an affirmation for the day and spending time with gratitude as well.

Reading about what other successful people do for their morning routine will help you develop something special and specific to you.

This is your time. This is your time for working on yourself. What you gain from incorporating a morning routine into your life will, not only serve you but everyone around you.

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