If you’re looking to pay more attention to yourself and practice self care, it helps to start by working on your morning routine. If you are just hopping out of bed, grabbing breakfast, and running out the door, you are probably already stressed by the time you get into your car. Here are a few tips for healthier options to start a peaceful morning routine.
Take A Few Minutes To Read
Reading in the morning can be a calm anchor in the start of your day. Find a book that is inspirational and helps motivate you, or a devotional that builds you up. Read just a few pages or a whole chapter, depending on how much spare time you have. This can be while you are having your morning coffee, or when your breakfast is cooking. Take advantage of these quiet moments and become absorbed in your favorite book.
Have A Beverage and Quiet Time
Whether you drink coffee, tea, or a smoothie in the morning, you can make this part of your self care ritual. Try to have your first beverage in the morning all alone and in quietness. If you’re a parent reading this, this task may seem impossible. If you can wake up 10 to 15 minutes before the kids, there can be hope for a moment of peace. Depending on your time allotment, you can read a paper or book, write in your journal, or just sit on your patio or in another quiet space. This is another great reason to wake up a little earlier than everyone else in your household. You will be amazed be how much better you feel with just a few minutes to yourself.
Put Your Devices on “Do Not Disturb”
Although it often feels as if we are “one” with our phones, when you are trying to establish a new peaceful morning routine, try putting your phone on “do not disturb” mode, until you’re ready to answer texts, emails, or calls. It can also be a good idea to avoid the temptation of checking social media during your morning routine, because although entertaining, it may bring stress or concerns into your peaceful time. If you can reduce “screen-time” during your self care time in the morning, you will find that you have more control going into your day. A good practice to start is to set your “do not disturb” feature on your phone from bed-time to end of your morning quiet time.This allows you to control when you will interact with everything and everyone in your life. Control of time and space can give you confidence. Confidence can give you a level of peace for your day.
A Meditation Moment
Taking a few minutes to meditate and breathe deeply can be a powerful start to your day. Find a quiet space where you can sit comfortably. Close your eyes, relax your face, allow your mind to have thoughts move freely through it. If something enters the mind that you don’t care for, allow it to flow through and past your awareness. Take 10 very deep inhales and exhales. Often times thinking of a single a word or phrase during breathing, can empower you and prepare you for your day.