My Morning Routine: How I Start My Day

How you start each morning could determine what kind of day you have.

It’s no secret that morning routines set the tone for your entire day.

Most successful people have contributed a lot of their success to having a routine in the morning.

It’s also true that we make time for what’s important to us.

My mornings are a sacred part of my day, and I love that I’ve been able to cultivate an inner sense of calm through these rituals, before the outer world starts with all its noise. My most productive time of day is the morning, and I’m extra careful to start each day on the right foot.

In this blog post, I’d like to share with you what I do to start my off my mornings. What I’m sharing is the framework around which my morning is built, the foundation of my day- which allows me to remain balanced, efficient, healthy and thriving.

This is what my mornings look like most days, but not every day.

The key to a successful morning routine is to make it work for you. Your morning should support your intention for the day, and it’s important to give yourself some space to experiment as well.

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I’ve had a pretty robust morning routine since the time I was a little girl, thanks to my mummy.

As I’ve become an adult, I’ve added in more rituals to support my health and wellbeing.

Here’s a behind the scenes peek at my morning routine, give or take.

 

4:00 a.m.      I try as much as possible to be up at 4 during weekdays and around 5 during weekends. 

 

4:05 a.m.       I visit the loo first thing in the morning, then I get my diffuser going. I’ve come to understand that I love this little ritual because I can easily set the intention for my day using my essential oils. Normally I just stand in front of my essential oil box and pick whatever I’m drawn to that particular morning.

 

4:07 a.m.      I settle down into my Morning Pages ritual, where I freewrite for about 1 hour, processing my thoughts, reflections and ideas. I love doing this first thing when I’m awake because I feel as if I am unrestricted and uncensored. I’m also at my quietest and most meditative state- the alpha state if you will. I will sniff or inhale an essential oil and also put it on my heart, my palms and my belly just so I’m able to better tune into whatever’s going on with me.

I also sit down and plan my day in my Desire Map Planner. I love that it allows me to schedule activities, what I’ll do for pleasure and even has a small space that acts as a gratitude journal.

5:00 a.m.      Depending on the day and on my mood, I’ll either do a quick morning yoga flow, normally between 20 and 30 minutes. This one here really has to work with whatever’s going on with me. I might also sneak in about 15- 20 minutes of guided meditation or visualization or affirmations. I will use essential oils at these points as well, one to help me prepare my body for the yoga and the other to help quiet my mind as I sit in contemplation.

I’ll also make my bed and lay out what I plan to wear for the day. Chances of going back to bed once its been made are drastically reduced by this little action.

I’ll also open my windows {as soon as it’s feasible to do so} to let the fresh air in. I’m a claustrophobe, so I can’t sit in spaces which are enclosed. But this physical act of opening the windows allows the energy of a new day to get in and gets the circulation going.

6:00 a.m.      Normally I’ll have decided what I want to have for breakfast, and I get to work preparing it. Now that I stay by myself, it’s mostly a quick smoothie, herbal tea and bread or sometimes leftovers from supper.

I’ll take my supplements after breakfast. I’ve noticed a considerable increase in my overall energy with this additional step. My current favorites are doTERRA’s Life Long Vitality kit, doTERRA’s Mito2Max and a DIY supplement made out of yarrow pom, pink pepper, turmeric and sometimes copaiba or frankincense essential oils.

6.30 a.m.      I’ll prepare for bath time. Bath time is easily my best moment of the day because I get to connect with myself. I use DIY bath salts every single day to which I add up to 5 drops of essential oils. I love this because it allows me to mix and match my oil combinations according to my mood. 

I also love to listen to my set play list at this time and do a bit of dancing and shower singing.

I also have an elaborate morning skincare routine, which includes my 3 step facial routine, anointing and blessing my body with my DIY body lotion or butter enriched with essential oils{depending on the season and my skin’s needs at each time}, my DIY deodorant and perfumes {again, all essential oil based, and paying attention to my skin’s and emotional needs.}

What I especially love about my skincare and beauty routine is the fact that it’s simple, no fuss and low tox. I love knowing that what I put on my skin does better for it.

I then proceed to dress. Style for me has become an exercise in art and self-expression, so I’m careful to choose outfits that allow me to feel my most confident and best self. Mundane tasks like ironing for me help me practice mindfulness and I’m happy to use this moment to focus and concentrate on what I’m doing at that particular moment.

If need be, I’ll re-style my hair. I’m currently in that stage of looking after my natural hair and for 2019, I’m determined to DIY my way through. This is still a learning process for me.

 

7:20 a.m.      I normally have a few minutes to spare, so I’ll quickly tidy the house so as to reduce the amount of stress and frazzle I experience in the evening. I then get round to scouting the social media streets and also making my daily posts.

After this, my morning routine is complete. I’m refreshed, energized and ready to take on the day.

This time allows me to start my day wrapped in the energies I wish to live and create in.

It’s also the perfect way for me to nurture myself every single day by carving out sacred time focused on my emotional, spiritual and physical wellbeing.


 Your Turn

How do you start your day?

How can you take advantage of the special energy of the morning to set yourself up to slay during the day?

I’d love to know what are some things that are key to your morning. Share in the comments