4-Step Morning Me Time Method
Okay I know you aren’t all morning people and if you aren’t - you’re probably tired of me raving about the early hours of the day. But during a walk this week I was reflecting on what has led to success in my life and keeps me in tune with creating my dream life everyday.
My morning routine is the common denominator. Since the summer after graduating high school, I’ve kept the same philosophy around how I begin my day. 90% of the time I wake up by moving my body, doing a mindfulness activity, speaking truth over myself, and having a ritual I look forward to.
Every morning I make sure to get my blood flowing and muscles warmed up for the day ahead. This definitely doesn’t need to be a full on workout, and I switch up my movement everyday. Some days I go for a walk outdoors, other days I like to challenge myself by lifting weights and doing an at home workout. If I wake up with muscle soreness, I will go to yoga or just stretch in my living room. Currently, I’ve been loving watching youtube videos for 20-40 minutes while I follow another workout video on mute. It is the perfect combo of ingesting inspirational content while I get in a workout!
The bottom line is moving my body is essential for feeling fresh, alive, and positive. Endorphins, aka happy hormones, are released when you exercise so you can start your day with a boost of natural energy and optimism for whatever comes your way. If you currently don’t have movement as part of your morning routine, start with a 10 minute at home workout video or stretching and eventually you’ll want to dedicate more time in the am to go for a walk or a 30 minute yoga flow (once you see how good it feels!)
Always, always, always, set your mind up for the day ahead. This is the no. 1 tip I recommend for seeing change, progress and success in your life. For me, I fit this time in by listening to a podcast (Ed Mylett is a favorite) while making my superfood smoothie or going for a walk and jotting down my thoughts in a note on my iPhone. Occasionally I watch a video from Tony Robbins, or open up my bible or book about mental health by Dr. Caroline Leaf.
Just like your body needs food when you wake up - so does your mind. Think of your podcast, reading, journaling, or learning as a brain breakfast. With over 70,000 of thoughts running through our minds everyday, you need to make sure those thoughts are based on truth and are full of positivity to propel you into your potential.
Have you seen that hilariously adorable girl chanting affirmations into her mirror? She’s totally on to something. Looking yourself in the eye and speaking powerful words back to yourself makes you eventually believe in the beauty that’s already shining within.
We can be so down on ourselves when the truth is - you’re brilliant and there’s no one quite like you. The more we hurt our self confidence with low-worth thoughts about how we look or what someone said about us a week ago, the less we can step into who we are meant to be. Look in the mirror and come up with five things that are great about you. What are you good at? Why do your friends love you? What dreams are you heading towards?
This last step of self care is more about just having a ritual that you look forward to; something that you think about when you wake up and can’t wait to enjoy. It takes the hatred out of the sound of your alarm and stepping out of your cozy bed. You can even make your ritual, whether a pourover coffee, matcha or smoothie, a reward for working out or doing your skincare.
Why matcha for me? Unlike coffee, it slowly releases energy into your bloodstream so you have sustained focus until lunchtime. I also love the ritual behind making matcha with my avocado toast. I first whisk the green tea powder with warm water, add a drizzle of coconut nectar, and lastly a bit of steamed coconut milk… it’s perfection, please try it!
With starting anything new or implementing change into your life, remember to be gentle with yourself and seek progress over perfection. Don’t try to follow my routine to a T, but jot down your ideal morning (maybe inspired by mine, if you’re new to this) and try to follow it roughly everyday. Having a strong foundation to ground you in the beginning of the day gets you started on the right foot and will ultimately make you more aligned with who you want to be!