I've been doing the same routine in the morning for over a year now and I love it. Having practices in life whether it's daily, weekly, quarterly, yearly, morning, noon, or night is a great way to maintain consistency in life which is key when going after your dreams and goals.
Since were embarking on a New Year I thought I'd share my morning routine that was originally published on Coffee With Courtney. If you stumbled upon this post not during the holidays, remember you can start a morning routine, or practice at any time. Don't fret if you fall off for a few days, or longer. You can always start again!
1. Giving up alarms:
Now I know this part may not be practical for some of you. Awhile ago I became aware that waking up using an alarm can actually be harmful to your health! I’m lucky to have the flexibility to make my own schedule so I decided to give up using an alarm and let me body wake up naturally.
2. Healthy start:
Once I wake up the very first thing I do is head to the water closet and brush my chompers. All this nasty stuff accumulates in our mouths while we snooze. AKA morning breathe. But it goes beyond just the stink. If you ingest any food or liquids without removing some of the gunk it can have horrible effects. In fact it’s been linked to heart disease, which is the leading killer of women!
After I get rid of all that yucky mouth stuff I drink a minimum of 1 glass of water. Sometimes I’ll infuse the water with mint from my garden. Sometimes I’ll do some lemon water. Other weeks its cucumber. You can do watermelon, or really any type of fruit you may have laying around.
The water usually gets things flowing and is a perfect segway into stretching. During my stretch I lay out a yoga mat and put on some music. I have on occasion also listened to a meditation. I breathe and I stretch out. I do my stretches for as long as I want. I don’t put a constraint on this because it usually depends on how I feel for the day, or what time it is and what else I have going on.
The last part of my routine is smiling. I think about what I’m grateful for. If nothing pops to mind, which rarely happens, simply knowing that I woke up to see another day provides me enough inspiration to at least crack a smile.
I hope some of these are helpful to you. Find what works for your life and give it a try! Share with me here or on social @mdorsettnow.