|8 Morning Rituals to Empower Your Day (and Life!)|
|Written by Heather White|
There’s something magical about the beginning of the day. Despite the challenges, worries, doubts and fears we experience during the night before, the new dawn seems to hold a space for possibility and hope. The question here is, how can we step into that magical space and use the energy of it to propel us toward the day, uplifted and empowered.
Much has been written about successful morning routines and I’ve got my own take on it below, but before I get to that, I want to say this: You are unique and so is your life. Before you go implementing the ‘morning routine of the successful’, I encourage you to consider the options below, and the many other suggestions available as just that, options. There are many ways to arrive at the destination you seek, so try some of these on for size, but don't hesitate to let them go if you find something that is more in tune with your natural rhythm and way of operating.
With that said, here are my 8 Morning Rituals to Empower your Day (and Life!)
Start with Gratitude
At 42 years old, my step-father was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer and died suddenly. It was a complete shock for everyone in our family. But it was also a huge wake up call. Every morning when we open our eyes there is something hugely powerful about taking a moment to express gratitude simply for your life itself. From there, allow a few moments before you even open your eyes to scan your life, giving thanks for the things that pop into your mind. What you focus on expands in your life, so these sacred moments of gratitude create an energetic pull towards more of the same. I can’t think of a better way to start the day.
Send love first
Next up, scan your day and all that you know it will have in store. Before you even get out of bed, blast those spaces with love. The meetings, the conversations, the commute, the coffee shop, the work-out, the dinner preparation – all of it – from your heart to those moments, send love.
Set your Intention
How are you going to show up to life today? Put it out there before your feet even hit the floor.
Now don’t panic, you don’t have to sit in the lotus position for 2 hours, but don’t underestimate this ancient practice of mind control. Even five minutes of practicing to pay attention only to your breath can bring a level of mindful awareness to the fact that your thoughts aren’t as important as you ‘think’ they are.
An amazing aid to your body’s natural systems is a large glass of room temperature water infused with lemon juice. It aids in your digestion process, it’s full of essential nutrients, provides hydration, helps maintain your immune system and is a great way to counter act that inevitable morning breath.
The word itself carries the essentialness of this step. Quite literally you break the fast you’ve been on overnight. Whether you’re in to green juice or not, for your metabolism, for your brain power, for your energy, for the love of life – eat something. Keep in mind your system is just waking up, so something light is better with a snack before lunch versus something too heavy first thing.
Plan your Day & Write it down
I'm a huge fan of the notebook, and the power of writing down what I plan to do in a day. Writing causes thinking and it prompts your subconscious mind to draw to your awareness crucial bits of information and data that will be helpful in checking things off your list. It’s also great for your post-day review so that you can acknowledge yourself for what you accomplished. But keep it simple, no more than 5 things on your day’s ‘to do’ list.
Listen to Something Soul Surging
A great piece of uplifting music, your favourite podcast, the next chapter of a motivating audiobook – fill your mind first thing with something positive and you’ll set the stage for more of the same throughout your day.