Today I want to talk about the importance of having a routine, specifically a morning routine. Yes, even those of you that are NOT morning people!
While waking up any earlier than you absolutely have to may sound very unappealing, the reality is that is where the magic happens. Stay with me!
Studies have shown that people that wake up earlier:
-Are better planners
-Are more successful (many wealthy people are early risers- true story!)
- More optimistic, agreeable and are happier
-Sleep better (having a routine coincides with your natural circadian rhythms)
Early mornings can be a very spiritual and productive time. When you wake up you are already more connected to your true self making this an ideal time to meditate, breath, pray, whatever you are comfortable calling it. I suggest getting out of bed WITHOUT looking at your phone (yes, this is possible;) Otherwise, you will be pulled further from yourself towards the distractions of social media, checking email, or looking at your to-do list.
Meditating/Connecting to Source
Now, go to another room or area of the house that is either already set up for quiet, personal space or perhaps you can make one. I like to meditate in my living room with the blinds open to allow the sunlight to pour in while I sit. There are a lot of plants and it is a very calming space for me.
Setting a timer or using an app, such as Calm that has a timer build in while it plays nature sounds can help you feel more calm and centered. You can start with just a few minutes and work your way up to 15, 20 or 30 minutes in the morning.
Sometimes after sitting in a meditation or if that term makes you uncomfortable, when you are sitting quietly, some thoughts or ideas may come up for you. I like to keep a notebook nearby so I can jot things down as they come up for me. Once you have finished meditating, you may find you want to journal and dump all your thoughts and feelings somewhere. This is a great way to process all that came up for you. It is also very useful if business ideas or other ah-ha moments arise. Write them down before you forget!
Early morning is a great time for exercise. It not only gets your heart rate pumping, but it also ensures you are getting your workout in. This may be a quick HIIT (high interval impact training-there are a ton of free ones online), a run or perhaps yoga. This can be a gentle practice or a fiery flow, whatever you prefer. Many people that exercise in the morning find they have more energy throughout the day. Plus, if you do it first thing in the morning, no matter what the day brings, you have already done it. It brings a sense of accomplishment and all before anyone else is awake in the house.
Take a few minutes to start your day off with a few affirmations that you connect with. Some of my favorites are:
“I am strong, I am powerful, I am here to serve, I welcome the day with an open heart and mind”.
Say whatever feels empowering and uplifting for you!
Imagine you woke up earlier than usual, completed one or more of the ideas mentioned above, and you get to sit and enjoy your morning beverage of choice in peace. That alone is well worth waking up early.
I find this to be a good time to cook my food for the day. When I am eating veggies, I prefer them to be fresh, not a day old and mushy. I wash and cut all my veggies the night before, so they are ready to go in the morning. Then I throw them in a pan and mix them with tofu and within just a few minutes I have a quick, easy and fresh breakfast and or/lunch. You can add eggs, bacon, whatever protein you want. You can also add fresh herbs, such as cilantro or basil.
Creating a Routine
Now you have all the info, you just need to start. Look at your calendar and pick one day to start and see how it goes. As with anything it will take some getting used to and some tweaking to create a routine that works for you. Maybe you only do this once or twice a week to start, but the more you do it, the easier it gets. The real power is for this to become a daily routine (at least during the week). You will mostly likely notice you feel better, have more energy, feel more grounded and are ready to face the day. Committing to this routine, is committing to yourself and reminds you of the importance of filling your own cup so you may serve others.
I would love to hear how this goes for you. Were you successful? What changes do you need to make?
If this sounds like something you would love to do, but have not clue where to start, email me today for a discovery call to see if coaching is right for you. It is never too late to put yourself first and create a life that makes you happy, healthy and more successful!