Morning rituals to empower your day
Begin each day by including a few of these simple rituals in your morning routine. By mindfully easing into the morning, you create clarity and a positive mindset, ensuring a day full of productivity, joy and enthusiasm.
Hot lemon water
When you wake up in the morning you’ve just gone without water for about 7 hours, so it’s important to rehydrate. The lemon will help get your digestive system ready for the coming meals, provides vitamin C and is a great way of flushing out toxins in the morning.
Whether it’s a sweaty power flow or a few slow rounds of sun salutations, it’s great to start getting that mind, body, breath connection. Maybe even some gentle stretches in bed!
Mornings are great times to walk the dog so both of you can bond, get some exercise and fresh air. No pooch? Take a stroll around the block anyway – it’s a good chance to practice some walking meditation.
It’s not that daunting when you only need 5 minutes – check out our meditation tips for beginners here https://hotdogyoga.com.au/blog/meditation-tips-for-beginners . Just a few mindful breaths and you’re on your way! Or you can always do some walking meditation (see above) or some tea/coffee meditation (take a moment to sit down and enjoy the entire experience of your drink. Wrap your hands around the mug and feel the warmth. Notice the specific aromas and flavours…)
Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. Don’t skip it and don’t skimp on it. Avoid cereal and whip yourself up a breakfast with protein. Protein digests slower than other food and helps you stay fuller longer, making midmorning splurges less appealing. A nutritious green smoothie is good for those on the go. Maybe treat yourself to a café breakfast. A delicious meal is definitely something to look forward to each day.
If you have the time, a bath is a relaxing way to begin your morning. The warm water eases sore muscles, and you can play around with essential oils such as lavender for that extra calm and serenity.
Most people wake up to music or listen to music as they commute to work. Very often however it’s just the radio or a random playlist. Uplifting, inspiring music can have a direct impact on our mood especially in the morning.
This simple activity encourages self-reflection. On bad days, journaling allows us to vent and gain some perspective. On good days, journaling can spark creativity, leading to a more productive day. Not sure what to journal? Start with a gratitude journal and be thankful for the positive things that happened the previous day. Read about the benefits here https://hotdogyoga.com.au/blog/gratitude .
“And if I asked you to name all the things that you love, how long would it take for you to name yourself?” Set yourself in front of the mirror and say the affirmations that you need to hear. Nobody is looking. You are powerful beyond measure – sometimes you just need a reminder of your potential.
Start your day by identifying and writing down from one to three of the most important tasks you need to complete during that day. This helps you focus and prioritise your time better, applying your energy on what matters most for your long term goals. Keep them simple and attainable.
Yes, we are talking about getting frisky in the morning (before you get too tired from the day’s activities). After all, research shows regular sex may make you smarter, boost your income, and burn calories. Or at least connect with your partner by talking. No partner? Send some love via a text message to let a friend / family member know you’re thinking about them.