Crafting a morning routine has been something I've wanted to do for years. Despite not being a morning person per say, I've always found that if I've had a good night's sleep, my mornings are the best part of the day.
This was always the case when Kaya was a toddler. The afternoon before Billy would get home felt like an eternity, but mornings were calm. She was in a good mood, and I had more time to cook and also enjoy a nice hot cup of yerba mate ( my favorite tea). She'd then take her first nap and watch Lazy Town ( best show ever).
Kaya still loves mornings, so much so she wakes up even earlier now. Billy and I both haven't been getting proper rest mainly because we've gotten used to staying up later since my Mom was in town. I want to switch my schedule so I am up earlier and also feeling as invigorated and focused as I used to. Reading She Is Radiant was the perfect prompt for me to try and shift my habits to something healthier.
Here are some of my tips for those of you that like me are looking to make them a sacred part of your day.
Don't aim to wake up at a time you know you won't get up at
I would love to wake up at 5AM and be waaaay ahead of the day, but you know what? It will never happen. 8AM is early for me folks. 5AM is insanely early. I think it can impede us creating a morning routine if we make goals that we know don't work well for our bodies and minds. Some of us need more rest. Some of us get up late ( raises hand!). Listen to your internal clock.
Creating A Morning Ritual
What makes you feel the most inspired in the morning? Is it those moments when you sip a steaming hot cup of joe? Meditating? Juicing? Talking with a loved one far away for a few moments on Skype? Reading a book? Journaling? Doing yoga? Prayer?
For me, I like to have a hot cup of tea after I have made Kaya breakfast and savour it for a while, then I begin making my mix between a gratitude journal and to-do list. I actually bought the infamous ( and pricey) Dayplanner that I have to blackmail my Mom to ship out to me ( it's a long story) so when I get my hands on that beautifully designed book, I am going to enjoy using it!
Spend Time In Nature
It gets hot here. Really hot. The only time day wise I enjoy going outside is early morning and early evening. I'm a night person and not a fan of humidity. Enjoying just a few minutes outside before I begin cleaning or homeschooling is precious.
Yoga It Up
If you haven't done much yoga, give it a chance. Do a pose in the morning to see how you feel! Mornings can be the best time of day to do yoga ( so I'm told). While reading Claire's guide for radiant health I've learned that first and foremost it's about doing what's right for you instead of making it a one size fits all approach to daily life and health. Some days I feel like yoga in the morning while others not so much. See how you feel!
What is your morning routine? Let me know in the comments below!