My Morning Success Routine
I used to spend my mornings on autopilot. I'd wake up and before even brushing my teeth I'd be scrolling through the gram. Then I'd be in the shower and next thing I knew I was in the car on my way to work. Rinse and repeat. It's no wonder that I kept on living the same old humdrum life that brought me little to no satisfaction or fulfillment. It wasn't until I started to bring more awareness and intention into my morning routine did I start to break out of the cycle. In order to change your life, you gotta change your habits. If your mornings set the tone for the day, then my tone was "meh, whatever happens happens".
Recently I set about on a quest to live a more purpose driven intentional life. One where my true desires are being honored, where I set concrete goals and then proceed to crush them, where I am so confident in myself that I'm not thirsty for likes and acknowledgment. Sounds easy, right? WRONG. You have to go against the programming you've been using YOUR ENTIRE LIFE. Living from this place involves getting out of your head and into your heart so can access your intuition. It's magnifying the voice inside of you that believes in your wildest dreams and making a concerted effort to always be in tune with that feeling. So here is how I tap into that "Hell Yea" feeling to start my days in euphoric bliss and happiness, or at a minimum awake and present to my true reality.
Get 8 hours of sleep
I'm convinced no amount of yoga, meditation or caffeine can make up for a lack of sleep. I was recently gifted with a mattress from tuft and needle that has seriously changed the way I sleep. This mattress is SO AMAZING, my migraines are gone, there is less tension in my neck and I look forward to waking up every morning. I limit being on my phone at least a few hours before so that the blue light doesn't keep my from producing melatonin, the sleep hormone.
Get some sun
I am very light sensitive, so when I first wake up I make sure to get in the sun. It's a lil excruciating at first, but shutting off the melatonin helps you wake up naturally. When I do this, I am less likely to be reaching for caffeine as soon as I get in the office. Apparently if you drink caffeine too early then it will mess up your sleep wake cycle and have you feeling tired by 2pm. So I wait until after 10am for my chai tea with soy milk and honey.
The benefits of water are well known, but drinking some upon waking up helps jump start your system and rehydrate your body. Water makes me feel less groggy and more awake so I make sure to drink at least a glass before I hop in the shower.
Meditate and visualize day
THIS. Do I always have time to light incense and do a full 30 minute deep breathing session complete with crystals and sage? No. But if I can just wake up 10 or even 5 mins earlier to relax my mind and focus on breathing than I'm good. Even a little visualization of how I want my day to go really helps me prioritize.
Journal 3 things to do that day
On any given day, there are no shortage of things I wanna get done from editing a video, seeing my bf, going to the gym, taking a bath etc.. But I have to understand the difference between what's urgent and what's important and take care of the important stuff first. By focusing on just 3 things it helps dwindle down my mountain of a to do list into 3 manageable realistic things that I know I can get done. It's important that I set realistic goals so I can continue to feel accomplished.
So, in a perfect world, what would your morning wellness routine look like? Let me know in the comments below how you #wakeupbetter