Having a daily routine is great for getting your hormones in balance and helpful for decreasing stress. When you have a routine everything falls into place. While getting your routine in place, going with the flow is another important aspect. Some days I don’t get everything in and that’s ok, I just make sure I get back into my routine the next day. Remember, don’t be so rigid that the whole process is stressful, that defeats the purpose.
My morning routine starts with a few words of gratitude for the day and I also ask for guidance and support for the day. Then I get up and get the hot water started for my morning warm drink, get the kitties’ food ready, and then sit down for contemplation, meditation, breathing, journaling, listening to relaxing music, or stretching.
I have found after doing this routine consistently that my day starts off with me feeling better. I feel supported, I don’t feel rushed to start my day and I’m centered. Then when something stressful arises I can more easily deal with it.
MY MORNING DRINK
I’ve been having decaf coffee from Purity (mold-free, toxin-free, organic) with a little grass-fed butter (1/2 tsp) and MCT (1 tsp) oil. I use a mini whisker to froth the butter and oil. Makes for a fun morning drink 🙂 Because I loosely do time-restricted eating this helps to hold any hunger pangs until early afternoon. If you are new to MCT oil make sure you get one without palm oil and only caprylic acid, and start with a small amount, like one teaspoon. In excess it can cause loose stool. Coconut oil doesn’t have the same thing health benefits. You can find a great source of MCT oil on my Fullscript store. I like Mercola’s brand.
MY MORNING MEDITATIONS
Here are the things that I do on a regular basis. They rotate based on how I’m feeling.
Sitting in silence looking at nature outside my window. I find the quiet time allows for great reflection.
Breathing exercises: any type of deep breathing is great. Inhaling deep in your belly to a count of 4, holding for 4, exhaling for 4, hold for 4, and repeat is an easy practice. To energize your day you can do alternate nostril breathing or breath of fire. These are both yogic breathing exercises.
Meditations: I like the Insight Timer app, they have a lot of choices. Dawson Church’s EFT meditations and The Love Awakening’s meditations are both excellent. I also rotate through different meditations I’ve done in the past.
Relaxing music: Insight timer is another great resource for this. I have recently been listening to Jim Oliver’s work – his music works instantly in calming me.
MY DAY IS SET
When I start my day with these practices I feel better mentally and my body also feels good. I definitely am more calm and relaxed. Through the day, if I’m having challenge, I’ll stop and take a moment to breathe deep or remind myself that all is well. Doing a mini reset can make a big difference.
CREATE YOUR OWN
Create your own morning routine. Take some of my cues or create your own. Exercise is a great addition to the morning routine so maybe that’s part of yours Try it for a week and check in with yourself. Keep some notes so you can reflect and see the difference in how you feel.
Do you already have a morning routine? Share it with me, I’d love to hear what you do.