Hi guys! How is your week going so far? How are your energy levels? Do you ever feel like you don't have a lot of energy in the morning? Hate your alarm? Feeling dreadful before you have a cup of coffee in hand? I hear ya! I had many of those mornings myself. But since then I learned a few tricks and I want to share them with you.
These 3 simple things that I try to do every morning help me to awaken body, mind and spirit, and set my day is a positive direction. Yes, I know, we are all so busy, trying to do a million things in the morning. But check out this simple secret that I discovered: by creating a space for myself in the morning (usually 20-30 minutes) I have more mental space and clarity during my day. And as a result - I actually feel that I have more time in my day. Magic? No. Just science!
Here is a morning tool kit that can help you to jump start your day in a nurturing way:
- Have a warm apple cider/lemon drink first (It awakens your body on a molecular level). To make it add 1 tbsp of raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar or squeeze half a lemon into a tall glass of warm water. Easy! Why? Because while we sleep our bodies work hard to clean themselves up from the inside. As a result when we wake up our pH level is acidic. Raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar (I love Bragg brand) or lemon water are great and cheap alkalizing tools. Another benefit that comes with the package? An easy #2 bathroom visit!
- Have a moment to sit in quiet and meditate/set intentions for the day. This has been extremely transformative for me. I like to set a goal for the day first, and then do a little meditation. Intentions could be very simple, like to have a peaceful and calm day or more concrete and complex, like to have xyz done by x o'clock. Focus on whatever it is important for you in that moment/day! And then follow with a simple meditation. It could be a brief meditation of simply observing your breath for 5 minutes (set an alarm) while having your eyes closed, or perhaps, adding a mental scan of where your body stands this very moment, observing any tensions, discomforts without judging them. Note any underlying mood qualities. And then gently go into observing your breath. Simple and gentle.
- Move and stretch your body! This is a fun part. After you alkalize your body, set your intentions and create a peaceful mental state, you can activate your body through movement. I usually do a few rounds of cat/cow yoga stretch. It is flexing between these two poses:
Inhale, dip the spine, open the chest. Exhale, round the spine. Do a few rounds like that. Feel the energy moving in you. I would then follow with a downward dog pose, and while in it I would pedal my feet and flex my hamstrings. It also helps to bend your knees to have an easier stretch through the spine.
Add a few other movements that you like. Maybe do some jumps? Who cares! Do what feels good to you. Be creative :)
That's it guys! See what works for you and notice how your body feels and how your mood changes. And most importantly have fun with it!
P.S. What healthy morning rituals do you have? How do you start your day? Share your story in the comments below. Xo