I highly recommend having your own morning ritual for sooooo many reasons! These all essentially lead to a happier, more content you, but I wanted to give you some tips to help set you up for good energy throughout your day too.
Your morning routine/ritual doesn’t have to be some unattainable hours long sacred alone-time-thing but if you can carve out carve out at least 10 minutes or so for some time to ‘be’, before you embark on the day’s activities I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised how much it improves your day!
Your morning routine or ritual to yourself can be absolutely what the bloody hell you want it to be. I have however, given a few practical tips you may like to include to help set you up:
- Wash your mouth out with water and scrape tongue before you consume anything to remove the toxins that accumulate there overnight. Then look in the mirror and say some words of affection for yourself…”today is going to be a great day”, “today I’m going to pay attention to….”, “I can, I will, watch me”, “today all the doors are open to me”
- Sip 1 litre filtered, room-temperature or slightly warmed water with a pinch of sea salt, in the first hour of waking. Optional: add juice of ½ lemon and ½ tablespoon of apple cider vinegar (ACV) to cleanse your system, ready your stomach acid for breakfast and hydrate you…best to drink with a straw and rinse your mouth straight after drinking to avoid acid erosion of your teeth (can replace with herbal tea or bone broth).
- Dry body brush for 2 minutes (I do this whilst brushing my teeth!), this is great to stimulate circulation as well as the lymphatic system and helps to get rid of dead skin cells and detox.
- Do 100 jumps. I like to do these on my rebounder to activate my lymph but you can just as well do them on the floor. Just little heal raise jumps also help move the digestive system. I literally do mine as the ghee is melting in the pan before I pour the pancake batter in…it takes less than 2 minutes to do!
- Do 5 minutes of stretching and twisting. Especially think about mobilizing the spine and opening the hips. This is great not only for your mind but for circulation, posture, and emotions.
- Get 20 minutes of sunshine to help activate your Cortisol Awakening Response (CAR) and help set your circadian rhythm in place (read more on that HERE). Have your breakfast outside in the sun or in a window.
- Give yourself some space to take in your life and find a couple of things that light you up to feel grateful for. Gratitude is powerful and a great way to start the day in a good mood! These can be as simple as admiring the art on your favourite mug, relishing in the messy hair do of your mini-me, watching the flowers blow in the breeze out your window.
- Eat a breakfast high in protein, fat and fibre. Try eggs and sautéed veggies and spices in coconut oil with avocado, or sausage with some fruit and a milky coffee.