I'm a big believer in the way you start your day having a direct impact on not only the rest of your day, but your decisions, your mood, your food choices, the way you interact with others, your mental health, the list goes on.....
I've not always felt this way. I used to get up, begrudgingly, when the kids woke up, I'd check my phone, scroll Instagram, check emails, facebook, Whatsapp conversations and whatever other notifications had pinged through to my phone overnight. When you start your day in this way, you are letting others dictate your headspace, preventing your own thoughts setting the tone of your day. You're reactive to whatever you've just consumed, jacked up and triggered into the hectic world of other peoples lives. I know, I've been there.
It doesn't have to be like this! Yes, we're all busy, we all wish there were a few more hours in the day, we prioritise other people over ourselves but it's easy to change almost overnight. Time is our greatest commodity. It's the one thing we can't get back, the one thing we wish there was more of but no matter what we do, we can't create more time in a 24 hour period. We can, however, get smarter about what we do with it.
A morning routine can quite simply be life- changing (truth- I'm not making this up!). Just investing 5 minutes in yourself (more if you can), can have the most amazing effects. If you don't believe me, give it a try. Get up 5 minutes earlier tomorrow. If you have kids get up before they wake, or take 5 for yourself while they are happily munching on breakfast (I do this more often than not because a certain little lady likes to get up as soon as she hears me!), that 5 minutes you spent on your phone this morning? Swap it for 5 minutes of movement and breath work. I get asked so so often how to do it. So many of you want to begin a morning routine but just don't know how. I promise you it really is simple, anyone can do it, anyone, at all. If you need some inspiration try, one or all of the following:
• Sit still and breathe, simple right? Yes! If you need to set a timer for 5 minutes then do it. Sit in a chair, on the floor, even in bed if you don't want to move and consciously breathe for 5 minutes. Inhaling and exhaling through the nose, nothing fancy, just what we naturally do, feel better? Thought so!
• Write. It doesn't have to be anything fancy, if you need some journalling tips, head over to this post to get some inspiration. Just let your pen run freely over the page. Before you know it, a few minutes have passed and you feel so much better.
• Stretch and move. Again, it doesn't have to be anything special. I roll out my yoga mat, light a scented candle, sit down and take a minute or so to see how my body is feeling on a given day. Is my neck tense? If so, I start with some neck rolls. Is there tightness in my shoulders? I'll do some shoulder rolls. Noticing and checking in with your body on a daily basis makes that time of moving and stretching more intuitive and you don't have to worry whether what you are doing is right or wrong.
Some other quick wins
• Listen to your favourite podcast. There are loads of uplifting short podcasts you can start your day with
• Recite your favourite mantra or affirmation a few times, an instant mood uplifter and a perfect start to your day
• Look at your vision board if you have one (if you don't create one!!) and manifest your dreams for a few minutes
• Open the curtains and look at the sky. Sounds weird but it's actually very relaxing, calming and, I find, gratifying
All of the above are simple, quick and require little to no effort, space or organisation, and certainly no money. One thing you will never regret is the way you start, your day.
I'd love you to share your morning routine, please leave a comment below or tag me on Instagram @zoewoodward
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