I'd rather sleep in the morning. The bed and blankets feel warm and cozy. I don't want to go to work and I'd rather snooze and dream of coffee. But something I noticed for those mornings where I practice my morning routine and those mornings I don't. There is a difference with regards to my mental and emotional health, and my ability to manage stress.
I've always said to my clients, your inner world (mental, emotional, physical and spiritual health), determines your outer world. Your outer world is a reflection of your inner world. So if you're inner world is imbalanced, chaotic and stressed. Your outer world will reflect that. Circumstances may happen to you that creates imbalance, chaos and stress to match your inner world.
Also life is ever changing. Our outer world (our environment, jobs, family, relationships, friends, money, school, business etc) are always in flux. Nothing is stable. Nothing goes the way we want to all the time and life is full of speed bumps, obstacles, walls, traps and surprises. The best way to deal with our outer world is to balance and center our inner world. A balanced and centered mind and heart can help us navigate through all of life's ups and downs while staying true to who we are in our core. Having a healthy morning routine is a great way to do all of the above.
Everyone's healthy morning routine is going to look different. As I always say, the same solution can't be applied to all of us. We are all diverse individuals and we must find what works for each of us. But here are some ideas for a morning routine:
- Yoga and Meditation
- Yogic breathing practice (pranayama), chanting and meditation
- Reading a book, newspaper or magazine over a cup of your favorite hot morning drink (coffee, tea, chai)
- Writing a novel, short story, poem or writing in your journal
- Morning walk or morning jog
- Working out either at home, outside or at the gym
- Making a healthy breakfast, sitting outside on your patio or balcony and enjoying the sunrise
- Morning prayer
- Painting, drawing or playing an instrument (as long as you don't wake up your neighbors)
The challenge of having a morning routine is waking up early to practice the morning routine. This may mean you will need to sleep earlier the night before. Morning routines should last anywhere from 30 min. to 1 hour. Having a morning routine (if you don't have one already) is a new habit that takes time to build. So in the beginning it may not only be difficult to wake up early, but to be engaged and enjoy the morning routine. Give it some time. As the habit builds, you'll find it easier to wake up early and you'll actually look forward to your morning routines.
Also you can change up your morning routines or have a schedule (if you're a planner). Or see what you need that morning (if you're more of the spontaneous type). You could walk one morning, do yoga on the next, and write a poem the next. Or if stability is best for you, make sure to have a set morning routine.
Whichever works best for you, see how a healthy morning routine affects the rest of the your day.