Looking to reduce stress and overwhelm in your life?
Want to wake up every day with excited anticipation?
You can start by creating a nurturing and energizing morning ritual. Something that supports your body and mind.
Wake up and stretch long
Take at least three deep, full breaths in and out from nose
Set an intention for the day. My intentions for today were: to approach my day with ease, grace, and breath; to relax into decisions and be open to universal flow; to nourish my body with delicious whole foods and clean water; to be present and loving.
To create your own, its helpful to ask yourself:
- How would you like to feel at the end of the day? What would allow you to create that feeling
- What would you like to accomplish?
- How do you want to treat yourself and others?
- How do you want to experience the events planned for this day?
Meditate. Get myself on my cushion and be open to what comes up.
Journal. Gratitudes and the previous day’s successes.
Tap into magic. Just recently I have starting pulling an angel and goddess card from two card decks I have and reflecting on what is chosen. It’s enlightening and inspiring (and fun!).
Eat a breakfast that fuels me according to my tasks for the day. If I’m teaching, I have something light. If I need energy or am feeling a little down, I include some good complex carbs (quinoa is great) with a good protein source. Or if I’m not hungry at all, and have no big tasks on the agenda, I drink my water and wait for my body’s hunger signals to come into play. Listening and honoring to my body’s wisdom.
All told, it takes me about 20 minutes to do all of the above, though I stretch it out most mornings to spend quality time with my kids and husband before they leave for school and work.
This ritual helps me create positive space, allows me to reflect, create, and be successful early in my day, and serves as an anchor for the rest of the day. If I find myself feeling overwhelmed or catch myself not being present later, I reflect back on my ritual and intention for the day, and it grounds and focuses me (most times, anyway!).
I would love to hear what rituals you have created for yourself or what you would like to create. Send me an email, and if you like, I’ll be sure to include your ideas in an upcoming e-book I am creating.