Making the Most of Your Morning - Part Two

It is incredible how powerful a good morning routine can be. When you are intentional with how you are spending your time and energy in the morning it can really set your day up. Not only can it have a positive impact on your mindset and outlook on the day, but it also encourages you to continue healthy choices and prioritizing your wellbeing throughout the day. In the previous blog, we focused on things to add to your morning routine to nourish your body physically, like nutrition, hydration, movement and more, but this blog is all about nourishing yourself mentally and emotionally in the mornings.

I am sure we are all guilty of crazy, chaotic mornings, we are just rushing around all flustered, leaving us in a state of stress and overwhelm for the rest of the day. What if instead you had a nice calming start to your day where you focused on your mental and emotional wellbeing, checked in with yourself and gave your body what it needed. Doesn’t that sound incredible.

Here are some tips to help you embrace a slow intention morning that nourishes your mind and soul:

Center yourself. Before we rush into your day, it is important to take a few moments to find clarity in our thoughts, emotions and feelings. Take a moment to check in with how you are feeling physically, mentally and emotionally, see if there is anything bothering you or anything that you are holding on to. This can be a very simple practise and you can even add in journaling or some type of meditative practice for some extra benefits.

Some journal prompts to help you get started:

  • I feel my best when...

  • I am looking forward to...

  • I can experience more joy and happiness in my life by…

  • I can experience more calm and peace in my life by…

  • I am focusing on...

Ground your Day in Gratitude. A gratitude practise is life changing and I am not even kidding. Taking a few moments to focus on what is bringing you joy and happiness in your life, helps you to set your day up for positivity and allows you to create a mindset that focuses on positivity and looks for the good in all situations.

Some gratitude prompts to help you get started:

  • What is something positive that happened?

  • Who is someone I appreciate having in my life?

  • What is something I was happy I was able to do?

  • What is a challenge I was able to have?

  • What is a quality I love about myself?

Find something that makes you jump out of bed. The easiest way to get our morning started and avoid that snooze button is to have something so enticing that makes you want to jump out of bed in the morning. It is going to be completely up to you and what brings you joy. Maybe it’s a dance party to Lizzo, reading your latest murder mystery, listening to your favourite podcast, enjoying a tea out on your deck, anything that brings you immediate joy and floods you with positive emotions.

Set realistic goals and prioritize your routine. There seems to be a habit of romanticizing morning routines. We come up with these perfect morning routines that include all of our favourite things, the thing is, they aren’t always realistic. If our magical routine takes us two hours to run through, what are the chances it happens most mornings? So when you are planning out what you want to do, be realistic with how much time each activity takes and how much time you have set aside to this morning routine. It defeats the purpose of a slow, intentional morning routine if you are rushing from one activity to the next to get it all in. I was working with a client recently who has four little kiddos, so her morning routine is far from predictable since it can be cut short in an instant if one of her kids decides it's time to get up. So she has learned to prioritize the aspects of her morning routine as non-negotiables and nice-to-haves and incorporates those non-negotiables first. So on days when the kiddos sleep in you are able to get all your non-negotiables in to enjoy the nice-to-haves, while other days when your kiddos unintentionally kiboshes your morning plans, you are more likely to have already enjoyed your non-negotiables.

This has been a huge focus for me lately, I am truly realizing the power of a good morning routine. I have been focusing on incorporating these aspects into my new routine. In the past I have been prioritizing aspects of my physical health in my routine, however I was neglecting my mental and emotional health. I have started a morning journaling practise that incorporates:

  • Setting a daily intention based on how I am feeling and what I have on the go for that day.

  • Gratitude practise where I mention 3 things I am thankful for from the past day or coming up that day.

  • Free flow journaling about what is on my mind.

I have really been enjoying how I have been spending and after a few short weeks, I find I am so much more optimistic throughout the day and I feel more prepared to handle whatever is thrown at me. I really recommend you try a few new activities in your morning routine and see how it changes your day-to-day routine.

I have found it so helpful that I actually created a morning journal to help stick to these new habits. I created one because I couldn’t find the right journal for me. I found some journals were overly structured, with too many prompts and sections, while others were simply lined pages and did not offer any guidance. So I designed a journal that is a balance of two and has flexibility to be used in whatever way works for you.

If you want to check out these Morning Journals for yourself so you can see how powerful they can be for your morning routine.

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