Benefits of a Morning Practice
What we choose to do first thing in the morning will absolutely set the tone for the rest of our day. And that’s why taking a few moments to get grounded, move your body, and prepare for what the day brings is an easy, yet powerful tool you can use wherever you are.
One key benefit is a boost in your productivity! When you take some time – even just 10 minutes – to breathe, stretch, pray, whatever it is that makes you feel alive, you’re setting yourself up to be able to tackle your work with a clear and focused mind.
A morning practice is also a great building block to develop other healthy habits. More time away from the phone, more water, better food for your body – all can stem from you taking these healthy steps first thing in the morning. It tells the body, “We’re treating ourselves well today.”
When our mood is balanced, and we feel confident in ourselves, nothing can stop us! Your morning practice is an incredible tool for building that confidence and letting you see the beauty in your life and all that you have to be grateful for.
Ideas for Your Morning Routine
Here are a few ideas to help you develop the best morning practice for YOU. Shoot to give yourself anywhere from 15-60 minutes for your routine.
Meditation – the most effective time to meditate is first thing in the morning. Your mind hasn’t taken the dive into the day yet, so you have a clean and clear state to sit in. Take some deep breaths, play some calming music, and just allow yourself to BE for a few moments.
Positive Affirmations – Nothing will get your day going like some positive affirmations! These are a few of my favorites:
I am worthy.
I am grateful to see a new day.
I am beautiful, strong, and kind.
I am grounded.
I have everything I need.
I am releasing all that no longer serves me.
Exercise – Movement gets the blood flowing and tells the body it’s time to wake up and rock the day! Whether you choose to run, exercise, stretch, or do some yoga, take a few minutes each morning to move your body.
Journaling – I have found one of the most powerful practices first thing in the morning is to journal about what I am grateful for. Home, health, family, job – whatever you are thankful for in your life, write it down.
Water and a healthy breakfast – Start your day with a big glass of water. Then try to incorporate a breakfast that will fuel your day, not make you feel more tired.
Enjoy your mornings and make them count!