Are your mornings so scattered and chaotic that sometimes you wish you didn’t have to get out of bed? Between answering emails, responding to text messages, brushing your teeth and getting to your first appointment on time, you feel like a prisoner of “your own” war.
How can you attack the day with your best self, if the day is spiraling out of control before it’s officially begun? Let’s face it. If winning takes practice every day, then practice starts the moment you do.
The plan you come up with should be uncompromisable
The most common trait of highly successful people is the recognition of the power they have in co-creating their reality by changing the way they think, believe or expect their reality to be. I believe that out of any other rituals you dedicate yourself to on a daily basis, your morning routine matters the most.
Your schedule in those precious hours between waking up and getting in front of your computer to start your workday sets the tone for everything else.
Master a morning ritual, that works for you
Being in control of your day is crucial, and the key to that is to start your day in control. Think of your morning routine as a warm-up. You wouldn’t go and play in a football game without stretching. Your body just wouldn’t be ready to take the field. Centering your mind and activity each morning as your ritual puts you in control of your day instead of letting the day control you. Being in control of your day is crucial, and the key to that is to start your day in control.
Just like winning itself, it takes repetition and consistency.
The days I neglect to follow my morning ritual, it can literally take me half the day to get my energy back up – and one little very small thing can make me feel defeated in a big way.
Below are some of the easiest yet life-changing morning rituals I have found that you can do every day and are extremely effective in empowering your day since they help you charge yourself before it all starts.
1. Wake Up Earlier
This is priority one because in order to fit in a fantastic morning you’re going to need some extra time compared to your current routine. Rising early can be seen as a foundation for all the other morning rituals. Many, like myself, find that they are more productive in the early hours of the day.
2. Listen to Uplifting Music
Most people wake up to music or listen to music as they commute to work. Very often, however, they tune in to a radio or randomly pick a playlist from their device. Being more selective and conscious of the music you listen to in the morning can have a great impact on your day and life in general.
Mood & Mindset
Uplifting music can have a direct impact on our mood, especially in the morning. It charges us emotionally and tunes us into a more positive outlook of the day ahead. You can start your daily practice investing anywhere from 5 minutes to an hour.
A Harvard study showed that meditating can help decrease stress and anxiety levels which in turn will diminish inflammation in our bodies, reduce blood pressure, improve attention, sleep better, help us make smarter choices and regulate our thoughts, so we don’t jump so fast into reacting and judging.
Steps To Starting Your Own Morning Ritual
You can set the rules for yourself! You just need to commit to starting.
Start small, and as you practice more consistently you’ll start adding more time to your routine.
- Write down a list of things you do every morning and what you like to add.
- Estimate the time it will absolutely take to do everything on your list.
- Adjust your wake-up time to fit in your new ritual.
- Familiarize your list each morning for at least 2-3 days before making adjustments.
- Once you’ve got used to your changes, start enjoying your morning rituals.
Avoid designing something long and complicated when you’re starting off. Start with an easily manageable chunk of time. You can start with a five or 10-minute ritual and move your way up. Just take your time to build a balanced morning schedule. There’s nothing like starting your day off fabulous both mentally and physically.