This week, I seem to be conversing more than usual about having a high-vibe morning routine. You haven't established a morning routine for yourself or you aren't perhaps even familiar with the concept, a morning routine is something that will set your day off right, all of the greats have one, all of the successful people swear by one, and since I started doing mine, I have noticed a general piece that prevails throughout my day established first thing in the morning.
I have witnessed through the pandemic that many friends spent a little more time focusing on setting boundaries within our own home and making sure that we have our own space – our own time. But, of course, that isn't always possible, especially when you have children. A disruption in your day can come from anywhere – from work; from family; from a random phone call – and when we have worked on our positive mindset from the get-go in the morning, those disruptions are less derailing.
Morning routine doesn't have to be meditate, work out, eat a green smoothie. But it definitely should include time away from your phone, quiet time for reflection, and movement, if possible. When we start our day jumping right into the notifications and interruptions from our phone, that can send us into any kind of emotional stress, or when we skip over the self-care, it's a recipe for long-term adrenal fatigue, or responding from a place of frustration versus peace and calm.
My morning routine fluctuates because I like change, but it includes some or all of these elements:
Before I even get out of bed, I put my hand over my heart and I say a few things that I am grateful for... Sometimes, that might just be my bed. But if I get into that space of appreciation from my heart, I carry that with me all day. I have the book Gratitude by Louise Hay, and sometimes I will read a passage from that book and journal as well.
I always start my day with a big glass of water with lemon; in the winter it is warm. And for the last 15 months or so, I have followed that up with another big glass of celery juice. I find this moves my body into the alkaline state. Immediately, I feel vibrant. It raises my vibration, and I know I'm flushing the toxins that my body pushed out from the night before.
Whether it's yoga, a HIT workout, or a hike in the summer and a snowboard session in the winter, movement is part of my daily routine. I like for it to be in the morning because then I feel like it charges my brain and my body. To do it in the afternoon, I am typically not motivated to do so. I am a firm believer in the "eat the frog first" philosophy, where you get the toughest thing out of the way first, then the rest of the tasks don't seem so daunting. Sometimes, moving my body does feel like a chore, so I try to remember to make sure to make it fun and playful!
This summer, I have been taking in my celery juice on the front step in our flowering garden with our kittens. Well, they aren't kittens anymore but they still act like it, and it's fun to watch them chase the crickets, sniff all the flowers, eat blades of grass and watch the birds. It brings my focus back to the simplicity of life, to slow down a little bit in the morning and to set that pace for the rest of my day. 3 days a week I take in a hike, and so spending that extra time in the woods helps me process, connects me to Source and Mother at once, and I often come up with some of my best ideas in the woods. Sometimes, I record a visualization, too, and share that to our YouTube channel!
So, although this sounds like a lot, by the time I have done most of these things, it's often still early in the morning and I have my whole day to be the busy human I like to be. But, when I start my day like this, I'm a little less busy.
I also like to have a night routine, but it doesn't always happen, which makes the morning routine that much more important. At night, I will play with the kittens, then reflect, journal, and practice a little night yoga that helps me sleep. Then, I listen to a visualization or meditation; I like to do my meditating at night, but not everyone can do that. If it puts you to sleep, you'll need to find another time to do yours.
I hope you have a morning routine, or that this helps to inspire you to lock one in. Even if it's just choosing one thing to start, and adding on to it bit by bit. Habits are created in 21 days, so there's no time like the present to get started!