The majority of us in Western society tend to rush through our day – especially mornings. Some might have difficulty waking up due to unhealthy habits or irregular sleeping schedules, plus the stress of work, life, kids, money and more means we're not always a present as we should be. In the long run, not having a healthy morning routine can turn out to be quite stressful for the body and mind.
Rushing through mornings is a pattern you can break with the help of getting up an hour earlier and creating a morning ritual for yourself. Starting your morning slowly is the right way to start any day.
Creating a more mindful morning
Creating the perfect and simple morning ritual is all about developing healthy habits. Listen to your mind and your body – what it needs, what it seeks out. Here are some suggestions you might want to consider to set the mood for the perfect day.
- Begin with purpose – having a motivation and intention about how the day will unfold will change your approach and outlook on life and help develop a deeper sense of purpose. In essence, starting your day with a purpose means becoming more mindful when it comes to achieving your goals. Of course, they don’t have to be major things – even little achievements can go a long way! Waking up with an intention is one of the best healthy habits you can create.
- Morning meditation – Meditation is a practice that can create a sense of balance and tranquility and help us become more mindful and present. A quick 5 minute meditation can set the tone for the rest of the day. Scientific research has shown that those who meditate feel less anxious and stressed, which results in other benefits such as a healthy blood pressure, sense of calm, a stronger immune system, and more.
- Enjoy a slow breakfast – Choose a healthy option and enjoy a slow breakfast. This can be anything from the range of avocados on toast with poached eggs, a smoothie filled with your favorite produce, or a fruit bowl with granola and Greek yogurt. Eat with fuelling your body in mind, and you can't go wrong with establishing a healthy morning food ritual.
Easing into the day is the perfect way to give your mind and body the respect they deserve. Don’t forget – we are the creators of our happiness, so start creating yours today!