Each day we wake up and usually follow a similar routine. If we put our to do list first, it can be easy to feel rushed in the morning and also feel like there’s just not enough time to do anything other than get ready and go. Most of us jump out of bed and think of all the things we must do. This can leave us feeling anxious and overwhelmed, which is not the ideal way to start your day.
By taking the time to integrate some simple but powerful morning rituals into your day, you can build a healthy foundation that ultimately sets the tone for your life. Building habits and sticking to them is the key to creating a sense of calm and peace in each day. Also, by doing even small morning rituals, you’re giving yourself the message that you’re worthy and important. This is huge for your confidence and physical, mental and emotional health. Here are three simple and easy morning rituals that you might consider incorporating into your day-to-day schedule:
Water with Lemon
Drinking a room-temperature or warm glass of water with a slice of lemon every morning is one of the best habits you can create for yourself. As you sleep, your body is detoxing all your systems and cells. The first thing you put in your body in the morning matters, and it’s great to give your body an extra boost in detoxifying. Water with lemon is a great way to signal to your body that the day has begun and also to help flush your digestive system of any toxins your body is ready to release. This is a great way to start each day and it’s an easy and simple habit to start. Even if you have to walk the dog or take care of children, you can pre-cut your lemon slices and store them in the fridge. Just pour a glass of water, add in lemon and enjoy. It takes less than a minute and will help you start each day with putting yourself first, even if it’s just a simple glass of water.
Meditation + Gratitude
Even five minutes of meditation each morning can change your entire outlook on the day ahead. By slowing down and tuning in, you’re giving your mind a rest and letting your higher self step forward. The practice of meditation can happen in many different ways—whether you try deep breathing and mindfulness, listen to a guided meditation, or meditate while you walk, run, bike or drive. The possibilities are endless. Additionally, ending each meditation session with gratitude is a wonderful way to put yourself in the right mindset moving forward. Keep a gratitude journal and make a list of at least 3 things you’re grateful for everyday. Really feel the gratitude and focus on all that’s good in your life. This will stay with you in the day ahead.
One of the best ways to clear your mind each day is to take a morning stroll. Whether it’s 10 minutes around the block or an hour, wake up a little earlier and find the time to walk and stretch your legs, preferably in nature. By getting out and moving first thing, you’re waking up all your muscles and giving your mind some time to get clear. Walking is also a wonderful form of exercise, so if you make it a habit each morning, you’re giving yourself the relaxation and the movement you need. It’s a total win-win. Something is better than nothing, so even if it’s just a 5 minute stroll around the block—that’s a start!