Creating a Morning Practice

I don’t like to admit this but I enjoy waking up early and I notice that I am most productive in the morning time. I like to think that I am the sleep-in-until-noon kind of person and honestly that ended in my late adolescent years. I can still dream…

I’ve thought about my morning practices from as far back as I can remember and one thing remained consistent – the way I start my day impacts the rest of my day. So whether I got up at 11am or 5am, what happens right after I wake up sets the tone for the day (okay, there are a few times when I maintain a “good” morning practice and the day goes wonkers..oh well, I’m human).

So if you’re like me and do well with a routine, here are a few suggestions for creating a morning practice (in any order that seems best for you):

  • spend 10-15 minutes in silence or reflection. You can use this time for prayer, meditation, or just to embrace the silence
  • this may be hard, but avoid checking your phone and email right as you wake up (you’ll thank me later for reminding you and it’s also a note-to-self)
  • read something inspirational or encouraging and take a moment to reflect on what you read and how you might stay connected with those words during the day. If you want, it might be a good idea to journal about what came up for you based on what you read
  • get some movement in (exercise, yoga, a short walk)
  • create a to-do list for the day and be realistic with your expectations (eg., what can you actually achieve in the day vs what seems “perfect”)
  • eat a nourishing breakfast and drink at least 1 glass of water

Do you have a morning practice? What helps you to start your day off on a positive note?

With deep gratitude,


5 thoughts on “Creating a Morning Practice

  1. I too have a morning practice of waking up early, exercising, learning Chinese, and working on my writing projects. If given the choice, I’d always love to sleep in, but waking up early gives me this noble feeling throughout the day, and I’d much rather have that and feel tired than sleep in and feel like crap.

    Thanks for this post!

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