Morning rituals are incredibly important as they can set the tone or foundation for the rest of your day. Waking up fast, tearing through your house, getting dressed and rushing to get to work can leave you feeling flustered, unprepared, and frazzled. And that can easily turn to grumpiness!
On the other hand, by introducing three simple rituals to your morning, you can set yourself up for a day that feels grounded, productive, creative, and genuinely happy. Doesn’t that sound a whole lot better? Now I am sure that many of you are saying… “I DON’T have the TIME for any rituals in my morning routine. I barely get out the door in time!” I completely understand the concern. But, I promise these are quickies, and their benefit will ease you through the rest of your day in a more time efficient and productive manner that will more than make up for it.
The first is a simple stretch as you wake up. Sit on the edge of your bed and take your arms, and starting with them on your lap, circle towards the ceiling, stretching as high as you can, and bring your hands together at your heart center. This will get your circulation going and get your body moving in an easy non-jarring way. Though not necessary, if you want to extend this further, do more stretching…ie. Bend down to the ground while standing, stretch arms, legs, hamstrings, sideways bends to stretch your back, etc.
The second ritual is to ask yourself “What is one thing that I am excited about doing today?” It doesn’t have to be a biggie in order for it to count. Maybe it is that you get to meet up with someone for lunch. Or maybe you get to give a presentation you are excited about. Or maybe it is that you are going to take a mini-walk at lunch and eat at the park. Whatever it is on that day, visualize it, and build your excitement for it.
And third, sit quietly and do the 4-7-8 breathing which will fill your lungs with oxygen and give you a calm state of mind. Breathe in through your nose for a count of 4. Then hold the breath for a count of 7. And finally, exhale through your mouth for a count of 8. Repeat 4 times. This should only take you a couple of minutes. Easy!
You are now grounded, centered, and in the very best headspace to cope with whatever gets thrown your way. Go get ‘em Girl Boss!