6 habits to take your mornings (and life) to the next level
Are you a morning person? Do you currently have a ritual to start your day? Mornings can be such a calm and peaceful time - a time to do things for you to make you kinder, more productive, and reduce the amount of stress in your daily life. One thing I've started implementing is a morning ritual.
You may have heard different takes on morning rituals. The key is finding one that works best for you and your lifestyle. I'm going to share with you a sneak peek into my current morning ritual (which is based around a concept created by Hal Elrod, author of "The Miracle Morning"). I hope this inspires you to take some time to implement your own routine and start your day with more ease and joy.
I've started using a meditation app called "Calm". I'm currently doing the 7 Days of Calm series and highly recommend it if you are new to meditation and not sure where to start. So far I'm only on day 2 but have already noticed an improvement in my focus, productivity, and how I respond throughout the day to stress. I combine this with a quick gratitude practice - feeling grateful and giving thanks for all the blessings I have in my life (even the ones that haven't manifested into reality yet).
Affirmations are statements used to re-wire your subconscious and conscious mind to attract what you desire. If you aren't used to using affirmations, it can feel awkward at first - stick with it because they are incredibly powerful. I spend a few minutes looking into a mirror and repeating my affirmations - if that feels too awkward, start with saying them in your head or writing them down on paper. Here are some examples of positive affirmations to get you started.
Much like affirmations, visualizations re-wire our subconscious and attract what we desire into our life. What the heck is visualization? It's the practice of closing your eyes, picturing what it is you most desire, and feeling the emotions that you will experience once it comes into the present (visualizing the outcome rather than the how is key). Creating a vision board and spending some time with it each day is also a great way to bring more positive energy into your life.
Personal development books first entered my life about a year ago and I've been hooked ever since. Each time I read a book I've already read, I find myself picking up on something new and expanding my perspective. If you're new to the personal development world and need some recommendations, join the Facebook community and tell me more about you and your goals - I'd be happy to send over a list of my personalized top picks!
Whether you decide to exercise in the morning, afternoon, or night, there is no doubt that exercise makes you happier, healthier, and more productive. I've fallen off track with my fitness routine during these busy summer months and I can see how much it's affected not only my body but my mental well-being. It doesn't have to be a daily hardcore workout - going for a walk, stretching, or yoga - every bit counts.
Much like affirmations and visualization, writing out our goals can help bring our desires to life. Spend some quiet time writing out your thoughts, creating positive affirmations, or setting your intentions for the day. Journaling allows a safe space for you to express yourself without judgement and release any emotions you may be holding on to. Experiment with journaling and see what comes to you - you just may have some of your best insights yet!
There are a few other habits I implement to my morning - such as taking supplements, drinking a big glass of water, and making a delicious smoothie - but creating this morning ritual has really changed the entire energy of my day and made me feel more healthy, happy, and productive than ever before.
Do you have a morning ritual? Will you be trying out any of these habits? Comment below, I'd love to hear from you!