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,