Growth & Grace Podcast Episode #2
I learned quickly that how I start my day, trickles into the rest of the day. If I wake up with my alarm snooze button going off 8 times and I don't have time to shower and I don't get my work out in and my clothes aren't ironed and all the things…then the rest of my day feels frazzled and scattered…like I just can't keep up.
But when I have the days where I wake up and I do my morning routine and I have time to read a little bit and pet my dog and eat a food, y'all that's really important, then the rest of my day goes so much better. I feel more peace.
Today, I want to go over some practical things that you can do to make your morning routine flow, and this is YOUR morning routine. I can't express that enough. This is not the other responsibilities of things you have to do in the morning. This is not waking your kids up or packing lunch. This is not checking social media or doing email or any of those other things.
e. These are the moments that you take first thing in the morning just for yourself. To sent yourself to start your day off right.
First thing - start with gratitude. Before I ever leave my bed I ant to identify 3 things I am grateful for. Even if it is the same thing 5 days in a row. I cannot tell you how many times I have laid in bed and said "I'm grateful for this warm bed because I didn't want to leave. But if you start you day from a place of gratitude, then you are already starting on a positive note before your feet ever hit the floor just think to yourself really quickly three things you are grateful for.
Do some stretching/yoga: Even if it is just a quick 45second to 1 minute stretch. Plant your feet on the ground. Center yourself. Take a deep breath and just start to move your muscles, start to stretch, feel you breath moving in and out of your body. Just becoming aware of your senses and aware of your body in the world. Doing some stretching first thing in the morning has been so key for me! I can immediately tell when I do not do it. For a lot of reasons. I feel not a centered for the rest of the day but for a long time now I have struggled with planter's fasciitis and first thing in the morning it is always the worst, but if I wake up and do some stretches and do a little yoga--it helps my planter's fasciitis so much and I do not experience pain for the rest of the day. So if you're someone that always experiences something like that or just stiff muscle or joints- doing a little stretch first thing in the morning can help that.
Okay, third thing! Before you drink anything, even coffee--Drink a big glass of water. We sweat so much throughout the night and we don't realize it and so our bodies first thing in the morning are really dehydrated and our minds feel foggy because of it. So it's important that first thing in the morning to drink a big glass of water! I know I said that the only thing I would recommend for EVERYONE to do was start with gratitude, but I'm changing my mind…everyone should drink water first thing in the morning!
Fourth: Keep the TV off! It is so tempting for me to click on the TV and see the highlights of whatever happened last night in the world. To put on the news and immediately start…and those new caster's voices create so much anxiety. They are never sharing anything good, it's all negative, and whether you learn about it first thing in the morning or you learn about it at lunch time - it's not going to change what has happened. So keep the TV Off and try to do something that is positive and creative positive vibes.
Fifth: Read something, I have book of Mary Olive poems and I read one of those every morning. Some of them are really short and some of them are longer, but I have found that it is a good starting for me. That is what I do. So if you want to find something to read, if you just want to sit in silence and reflect, if you want to journal for a couple minutes. To have a brain dump, or jot down your to do list for the day. Just keep off the TV
Sixth: Don't check social media first thing in the morning. It is so tempting because I use my phone as my alarm clock. The first thing I want to do is check those notifications that I got throughout the night, and I start to scroll and then the next thing I know my mind is already hours ahead of the day. I've already responded to emails before I've even left my bed and it is SO unhealthy! So my challenge, thought it is hard, is to try and hold off checking social media for the first hour you are awake. If you can't do a full hour, then try at least until your morning routine is over.
Seventh: Eat something, but just something…eat something healthy. Eat some fruit, or some oatmeal, have a smoothie, a slice of avocado toast. If I eat something healthy for breakfast, it helps me make better decision throughout the rest of the day for the things that I consume and put in my body! If I eat poptarts or a granola bar that is full of sugar and chocolate, then I am going to make excuses for the crap basically that I put in my body the rest of the day. So if you plan to eat something healthy first thing in the morning, then you are setting yourself up for success the rest of the day.
Eight: Affirmations & Reminders! If you are one of those people who is forgetful, then put a reminder on your phone alarm or on the bathroom mirror. If you are one of those people who forgets to eat breakfast (which I do not get! I feel like my whole life is planning my next meal) - remind yourself! Another thing, have daily affirmations, that you do the same! And your affirmations can change in the seasons of your life. I am strong. I am brave. I am enough. Affirmations are like mini pep talks that you give yourself! (AFFIRMATION FREEBIE)
If you have time, then exercising first thing in the morning is the BEST! Gets your metabolism started for the rest of the day. I try to do at least a little stretch, maybe some toning moves. I usually do, or better yet, when I do a full work out..that usually happens in the afternoon. But if you just move your body moving, walk your dog, do a little something…then you will burn more calories throughout the day.
You don't have to do ALL of these at once. It’s not realistic to just completely change your routine. Change one thing at a time. THIS has been HUGE for me. It sets me up for success for the rest of the day. Could just be 15 minutes. Just a little routine/ritual that is just for YOU! Experiment and figure out what is best for you, and know that it might change based on your stage or phase of life. That's okay. Give yourself credit for the things you're doing well, and work to make little changes to get better!