My morning self-care ritual and how creating one for yourself can change your life
My morning self care ritual and how creating one for yourself can change your life
I strongly believe that how you start the day sets the tone of the rest of it. You ever notice how the day just seems to crumble to pieces when you have to jump out of bed realizing that you’re late and everything becomes rush rush rush. You jump in the shower for a quick sprinkle, speed through brushing your teeth and then curse yourself as you stand in front of the closet because your inability to find something to wear is wasting more time.
And for those of you that have kids, the morning drama is on overdrive. By the time you get through the door you feel like you’ve just run a marathon and as you drive out you realized that the kids never brushed their teeth, so you do what any overworked, rushed and extremely late parent would do, you give them a mint and send them on their way. Not to mention that you inevitably forget something at home, like your cell phone or your coffee?
That used to be my life and to be honest, I have the occasional rush but nothing compared to what it used to be. When I do find my days starting on the wrong foot I have techniques to get me back in alignment. So, in this blog post, I want to share my morning routine with you and hopefully inspire you to put some extra time in at the beginning of your day so that you can enjoy the rest of it.
Wake up before the sun rises
As a busy mom of two, I found that getting out of bed to take care of me first makes everything go smoother. I feel like I’ve filled my cup and can now give to everyone else. I wake up, sit in bed and say things I’m grateful for. I don’t just jump out of bed anymore. I start my morning slowly and gently as that’s the tone I want to set for my day. I’m prone to anxiety and stress and feeling rushed is a trigger for me, so I intentionally start my that way.
Drink warm water and lemon/lime
I do this to start my digestive system and to alkalize my body. Giving my system a nice boost helps to expel the toxins and gives me a boost of energy and lightness for the day ahead.
A lot of my self-care routines are inspired by an Ayurvedic lifestyle. Tongue scraping removes those built up bacteria and germs that accumulated throughout the night. In Ayurveda, those germs are called ama and are believed to cause dis-ease in the body. Using a tongue scraper like this one.
Using virgin coconut oil to pull the bacteria from out of the crevices of my teeth and mouth. I swish the oil around in my mouth for about 10-20 minutes. Sometimes I do this in the shower so that I can do something and take my mind off of the swishing. It can be challenging at first, but I suggest doing it in stages. Start with 5 minutes and work your way up to 20.
Light yoga stretching
10 minutes of yoga to get my body moving. I’ve tried doing some hardcore sweating exercise in the morning and it just doesn’t work for me. I like the slow and easy pace of the yoga for my morning and I can still build up a sweat.
Black coffee with spices
I only drink one cup of coffee a day as I’m really a tea fanatic. I’ve cut out dairy milk from my diet so I perk my coffee with a little cayenne pepper and cinnamon. It makes the coffee so delicious and not to mention that these spices are good for your health.
There are so many different ways you can meditate and I decide what feels right for me each morning. Sometimes it’s a guided meditation. Or deep breathing. And my favourite is to repeat mantras and affirmations. I don’t put pressure on myself to sit through a 30-minute meditation session if I don’t have the time. I do 5-10 minutes and that works just fine to get me going.
I’m a big fan of the 5 minutes of journal practice. I try to make my routine easy and simple. If you haven’t noticed a pattern by now it’s slow, simple and easy. I know myself, anything that becomes too complicated will have me lose interest and not be consistent. So I created routines that are not complicated. My journaling consists of:
- 3 things I’m grateful for today
- What I want to work on for the day
- My daily affirmation/mantra
I do stream of consciousness journaling during my moon rituals or whenever I feel the need to release something.
Affirmations and mantras
I loooove affirmations and mantras. Words have so much power and can change my mood in an instant. I pull an affirmation that has been divinely guided for the day. I ask my guides, angels and the Divine what I need to hear or remind myself of for the day. I then repeat these mantras and affirmation several times. This can also be done as a meditation. As I said before it depends on what’s going on for me at the moment.
When I do get my morning routine done, it’s pretty hard for someone or a situation to mess up my day because I’ve set the tone and I’m in my power. For me, it’s important to stay fluid and open to what I need and want. Although this is called a routine, what’s most important is knowing what I need and giving it to myself – that’s true self-care. I hope this has inspired you to create your own routine in the mornings and remember to be gentle with yourself, don’t go crazy and over complicate things because that will discourage you.
Love and Light
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