Let's be honest; mornings can be a challenge at best.
But with daylight at it's annual peak, and the summer now upon us, there is no better time to start the day off on the right foot.
Tend to your well-being, get inspired, nourish your body and set the pace for the rest of your day.
1. What's Your WHY
Starting is the hardest part. Let go of your willpower and get deeper into the purpose of this new routine. Follow along with the questions below, writing down your answers:
1. What is your intention with your morning routine?
2. How do you want to FEEL?
3. Why is that important to you?
4. What will that allow you to do?
5. Why is that important to you?
For best results, ask yourself "Why?" a total of five times for questions 3 and 5 :)
2. Make a Plan
If you fail to plan then you are planning to fail. And I admit, this is usually where I slip up!
Once you are clear on your WHY, work backwards with the end in mind. What activities might help you towards your desired outcome?
A couple ideas:
• Movement - walks, runs, strength, mobility
• Writing - gratitude, dreams, morning thoughts, new ideas
• Read - non-fiction, fiction
• Drink your beverage of choice - kick-start your digestion, savour your time
• Meditate - sit in silence, visualize, breath focus
3. Start Small, Go Slow
Once you have a plan it's time to follow through with some action; baby step sized.
Try for a 15 minute timeframe to start off, choosing just one or two activities.
No need to do it all at once! Easing into this lifestyle change will ensure that it is a lasting one.
Mornings are also an excellent time to slow down and soak in the little things. From this heightened awareness you can reflect on what is going really well in your life, envisioning where you want to take it next and in what ways you can make a positive impact on others along the way.
4. Get to Bed Earlier!!
Sleep is IMPORTANT.
It is one of the essential processes our body and mind need in order to function at a basic, let alone optimal, level.
So if you plan on waking up earlier make sure you are winding down and getting to sleep earlier as well.
If you find mornings particularly challenging, try to make as many decisions the night before as possible. Preparing for the next day could also be a part of your winding down process.
This could mean:
• Laying out your (exercise) clothes
• Prepping your breakfast
• Filling your water bottle and/or kettle
• Choosing a workout and/or playlist
• Setting your alarm :)
5. Rinse & Repeat
Once you have chosen the above factors, commit to it for at least 30 days.
Treat it like an experiment and make adjustments as needed.
And if you miss a day or two, no worries! Just jump back into it tomorrow.
Remember, it doesn't need to be perfect; it just needs to get going!!
PS - I’m looking to gather some research!
I work with procrastinators who want to create dedicated time/space for themselves, who know they need to focus more on their health but feel frustrated about continuously starting from scratch.
You may look like you have it all together but on the inside, you are constantly in a state of stress and overwhelm with no clear destination in sight.
If this sounds like you, or someone you know, I’d love for you/them to answer a few questions for me. I want to make sure that what I am creating is on track with where you’re at.
This can totally be confidential if you want, too.