Have you ever woken up to your alarm clock and immediately dived into texts, emails and Instagram, only to later ask yourself why you’re feeling so frizzed and frazzled? I’ve been there – many times.
Then, I realised that I can decide how my day goes by simply making mindful choices about my first waking moments. How you begin your morning really does have the power to affect the entire day!
You see, mornings have a pure, expansive, beautiful quality. I think of morning mindfulness as a magic portal – accessible to everyone, but discovered by only a few.
Ideally, I’d wake up two or three hours early every day to allow for walking, yoga, journaling and a good breakfast. But that’s not always my reality, of course. Mother Theresa once said: “It’s the small things done with great love that matter” – and it’s been my experience that small daily traditions do in fact make a huge difference!
Here are some of my non-negotiable morning rituals. I hope they help you add a little magic and loving mindfulness to the start of your day!
Five magical morning rituals
#1: Jot down your dreams
I have a journal that I keep in my bedside drawer. In it, I jot down my goals and dreams, or any ideas that are floating around in my head every morning. I find that this is a very powerful practice. It helps me access my consciousness in its purest form before tasks, masks and worries start to fill my mind.
#2: Set your intention
Don’t let your first thought of the day be, “what am I going to wear”. Savour the sweet moments between sleep and waking life. Recall any dreams you may have had – they could hold important subconscious messages for you! And, ask yourself, “how would I like to feel today?”. Would you like to feel productive, powerful, loved, appreciated or strong, for example? You decide.
#3: Visualise your day
Close your eyes for a few moments and take five deep breaths. Let your lungs come out of the sleep mode and expand. Now, it’s time not just to think but to really let your body experience the way you want to feel.
Be specific: Play the images of your commute, interactions you’ll have, the meals you’ll enjoy, and the errands you’ll run. Let your day unfold in the most joyful, natural way that lets your authentic, best self shine!
#4: Indulge in a tea ritual
Tea isn’t just a drink; it’s also a way to nourish your body and connect with Mother Earth. I love earthy and grounding teas in the morning like dandelion root tea, which has a lovely roasted, sweet, earthy flavour.
I have my morning tea with a splash of almond milk and a drizzle of raw honey. On colder days, I spice things up with a punch of cinnamon and cayenne pepper. This helps with digestion and supports natural detoxing to get the juices flowing for a healthful day.
#5: Prepare an energising superfood breakfast
When you fuel your body up the right way, your energy levels and performance improve. In life, in work, in everything! Even though my breakfasts sometimes look more like art than food, I swear they don’t take me more than 10-15 minutes to prepare.
Think about something joyful while you prepare your morning meal, and then sit down, be grateful and indulge. My favourite things to eat in the morning include toast, oatmeal and smoothie bowls.
Happy Friday lovelies!