When we don’t have a solid routine we leave it to chance what direction the day will go in, especially when things get hectic (hello, holiday season). Maybe we hit snooze a few more times than we meant to and end up rushing out the door without breakfast. Possibly the thing that makes our morning tolerable is a large coffee when we get in to work. Potentially, our mornings are wildly various – and could be brilliant or terrible based on the first two or three things that happen to us.
Imagine waking up each morning feeling calm and rested and knowing you had more than enough time to get ready. Picture yourself feeling happy you have already got in some exercise and a healthy breakfast before most people are even out of bed. Imagine knowing that while every day isn’t perfect, you haven’t had a total train-wreck start for many years and have almost forgotten that feeling…
So morning routines are a big deal in terms of the impact they have on our lives. They're powerful. And most of us have one, whether we deliberately chose it or not.
But isn’t it really hard work, getting up and doing morning routine stuff? I hear you cry.
Well, yes and no. Like anything in life you can do it the hard way or the easy way. When I work with clients, the first thing to ascertain is what gives you satisfaction… or, are you a quick band aid person or a slow band aid person?
If you’re a quick band aid person you’ll get kick out of setting your alarm early and throwing yourself in the deep end with as much as you have time for. For you, marking your progress on a tracker will float your boat and you’ll feel proud of your achievements in a short amount of time.
If you’re more of a slow band aid person, you’ll prefer to start with small steps. You might begin with doing a 10 min meditation each morning in bed, and then gradually add on. You
What you actually decide to do for your rituals is where the fun and personality come in. If you have a sedentary lifestyle, something physical will support and balance you. If you’re exhausted, practices that build energy will help you face the day with more in the tank, and if you struggle with focus and mood then there some wonderfully simple ways you can develop mindfulness and cultivate more positivity and joy.
When you get it right, you’ll look forward to it because it will leave you feeling so amazing!
Over the next few weeks I’ll be sharing a few ideas for starting the day off to be fabulous, and also what do when, despite your best efforts, the morning does go to sh*t.
If you're interested in working with me to develop your own ideal morning routine, yoga practice, meditation practice or life balance, drop me a line! I'd love to hear from you.