How to Create A Healthy Morning Ritual
Updated: Jul 28, 2020
Rituals are one of the most effective and powerful tools available to all of us!
Morning Rituals are the first things we do each day, which can take hours or a mere few minutes. They are designed to give us the boost we need mentally and physically and help us feel connected emotionally and spiritually.
You might be thinking that there isn’t time for a Morning Ritual, but the truth is you might already have a ritual going.
Even the most basic morning self-care routine can be done in only a few extra minutes of conscious thought.
Your morning ritual gives you a chance to center yourself and embrace the day instead of starting with activities that increase stress. Following through with your morning ritual, even just devoting 10 minutes can start your day off on the right foot.
The idea is to avoid reaching for your phone, looking at email, or getting on social media. Yes, I know it’s difficult, but try it even for one day and see how you feel.
What do you want your morning ritual to look like?
The beauty of a morning ritual is that it’s completely up to you and what feels good. There are a lot of options to create a morning ritual that will work perfectly for your lifestyle.
First, think of your morning as the first few hours of your day. Your morning ritual can last 10 minutes or 3 hours. It also doesn’t mean you have to wake up early. Although the sunrise is beautiful.
Choose one or two items from each category to try on for a morning ritual. If the activity doesn’t resonate, try something else until you have a Morning Ritual that is a perfect fit.
Take Care of Your Body
Do Yoga or Stretch - wake up your bones and muscles
Do a self-massage - massaging your hands and feet with a bit of oil is divine.
Exercise - Morning workout, anyone?
Plan your lunch - Save yourself from last-minute unhealthy food choices
Drink a glass of warm water (or with lemon) - get hydrated, flush toxins, increase metabolism, and fill up on water.
Drink coffee or tea - This is a familiar morning ritual, especially if approached consciously.
Eat a healthy breakfast - whole foods will keep you full until lunch.
Scrape your tongue - get rid of bad breath and remove bacteria.
Try oil pulling - swish 1 tablespoon of coconut oil in your mouth for 10-20 minutes, ideally before brushing.
Take Care of Your Mind
Cross off yesterday’s to-do list - Those couple of things will free up space in your mind.
Journal or Morning pages - Journaling creates clarity and comfort, and helps you organize your mind.
Meditate - focus on being present, letting thoughts come and go with ease
Visualization - mold your future, repair your past, or simply be more present.
Read a book - learning something new increases your brain capacity
Listen to a podcast - spark new thoughts
Listen to an audiobook - combine a couple of morning ritual events, like an audio book and a walk.
Learn one new word - Here’s one MELLIFLUOUS - A sound that is sweet and smooth.
Work on a crossword puzzle - give your brain a workout
Write down 10 new ideas - Feeling stuck? This is a good one.
Write Out Your Top 3 for the Day - Having only 3 tasks to accomplish reduces stress
Take Care of your Emotions
Drink Cacao - opens your heart
Do a breathing exercise.
Write your own poem or read a poem that resonates with you - Try Rumi!
Ask yourself an important question.
What do I want to be focusing on?
What can I do better than yesterday?
What can I let go of?
Listen to Uplifting Music
Smile at yourself in the mirror - it’s silly but uplifting
Have a good cry - don’t hold back. A good cry releases emotions stuck in your body.
Laugh out loud - laughter really is the best medicine.
Pound your pillow to release stress and pent-up emotions
Go for a walk - good for body, mind, heart, and (in nature), spirit
Take Care of your Spirit
Say a Metta Prayer - Blessings on yourself and others brings you into the present moment with gratitude.
Connect with your Intuition - What does your intuition feel like?
Draw a tarot or oracle card - What do the cards say about today?
Create and visit your altar - spending time listening is so beautiful
Say affirmations - You do enough! You are enough!
Read your favorite Spiritual book - create that mind, spirit connection
Find a “Sit Spot” - sitting on purpose (in your backyard) and observe nature around you connects you with all life.
Which new pieces of a Morning Ritual are you excited about trying? Tell us in the comments below. Find massage oils, books, and more for your Morning Ritual at Jewelweed.