For many years my morning routine was non existent. I would go to bed with great intentions of rising with the sun, only to hit the snooze button multiple times and struggle to get out of bed. Then when I’d finally be ready to wake up, I’d lie in bed glued to my phone scrolling through Facebook, Instagram and checking my three email accounts (yes I know..). Then I’d leave myself just enough time to have a quick shower and get myself ready before racing out the door and straight to work. I’d work all day (often not taking a lunch break) finish work in the dark and then make my way home to start the whole cycle again….
I bet this story sounds all too familiar for many of us. It’s often the reality of juggling a busy working life!
Somewhere in that vicious cycle, I found myself becoming very envious of all the people I was following on Instagram. They were practicing these beautiful ‘morning routines’. Down at the beach, doing yoga, walking in nature, sipping on juices and the general feel was #happiness.
This was about this time that I had started my own wellness journey, and knew that I needed to start prioritising some of my day for ME. Not just letting myself be dragged into a unhealthy cycle of sleeping in, checking social media, rushing to work, working and then coming home to start it all again. But I knew my routine wasn’t going to look like the ones I saw on Instagram. Heck if I wanted to get to the beach and be in the office by 8:30am I’d be up at 4:30am….NO WAY!
So I thought about what I could do and how I could make a beautiful morning routine work for me, and my life? I started very SLOWLY, and I tried lots of different things trying to find something that would stick. It changed with the seasons, it looked COMPLETELY different after I has a baby but above everything else, every obstacle that came my way I showed up and committed myself to giving myself that small window of time EVERYDAY.
I speak from experience when I say that carving out a morning routine has had a significant impact on my overall health and wellbeing. Not only do I feel less stressed and anxious about the day ahead, but I have a sense of calm about how I go about my morning. It affects every aspect of my life, from my mood to my relationship to how I go about my day.
Remember that a morning ritual doesn’t have to take up a lot of time (5-10 minutes will work perfectly). The thing is to do it each morning first thing when you wake up. No distractions, no scrolling through Facebook. 10 minutes of uninterrupted YOU time! Here are some of my favourite 10 minute morning rituals for beginning your day with positive energy, clarity and a sense of calm.