Do you have a morning ritual?
If you know me, you know that I’m a pretty routine person. While I like to mix it up to keep things interesting, an ideal day starts with my morning ritual. This ritual consists of working out, walking the dog, eating breakfast, reading, and finally, setting an intention for the entire day.
Morning routines are great because they set you up for a productive day. It may seem like several steps, but each one is simple and habitual at this point. When I get my ritual in, I feel happy and energized to take on the day.
It is said that you have the power to dictate your own reality. Having a good day or a bad day is really up to you. You set your own expectations and mindset — if you choose to be happy and have a good day, it’s most likely going to happen. I think this concept relates to morning rituals because it’s a time to reflect on what you are grateful for and to decide what you want to contribute to the world that day.
Something I’ve learned from yoga is to consider a mantra to guide your day. Maybe it’s “I am grateful.” – “I am glowing.” – “I am strong.” – “I am peaceful.” or “I am beautiful.” Then, whenever troubles arise in the form of stress or hardship, you can think back to your mantra to find peace and strength.
Here’s my current ideal morning routine:
- Work out. Morning exercise isn’t for everyone, but starting my day with a sweat sesh makes me feel refreshed and awake. Being an early riser is something I started way back in middle school as a high school swimmer when we had workouts at around 5 a.m. Now, I love waking up early because I have zero excuses to skip a workout later in the day. My favorite forms of exercise are yoga, weight training, HIT workouts and Orangetheory.
- Walk the dog. (This step may happen before #1 depending on the day.) During these walks with Ozzie, (pictured below) I listen to podcasts or call my mom to catch up. These 15 to 20 minutes are so peaceful, and I enjoy every minute.
- Shower and food. Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day. I work from home, so I’m usually multi-tasking a bit while munching, but I try to continue the serenity of my morning while I eat.
- Daily devotional. I’m currently reading “The Purpose Driven Life” by Rick Warren. My husband and I do this devotional together and try to discuss the lessons via text throughout the workday and then again when we have dinner together. This book is life-changing. (On a side note: If you are skeptical about the power of this book, maybe learning about how it changed Michael Phelps’ life may change your mind! Read his story here.)
For Step 2, here are some of my favorite podcasts –
- The Balanced Blonde
- No Meat Athlete
- The Rich Roll Podcast
- Ben Greenfield Fitness
- Why Not Now? with Amy Jo Martin
I’d love to learn how you start your day? Do you have a morning ritual?