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How to Develop a Mindful Morning Routine

Updated: Aug 23, 2023

1. Begin with a bedtime Routine.

To prepare and ease into a new day, it’s essential to rest and get quality sleep. Avoid staying up too late or working on your laptop after dinner hours. Reading, essential oils, calming teas, short stretches, and meditation will make it easier to rise in the morning. Practice healthy boundaries with your evening routine to set yourself up for a relaxed and mindful morning.

2. Avoid Technology

What do we see when we reach for our phones first thing in the morning? A list of notifications, emails and calendar reminders. Missed calls. Bright blue light. Suddenly, our morning is plagued by seemingly urgent tasks. Avoid the temptation to check your phone by turning it off at night. You can also put it on silent on the other side of the room.

3. Make Gratitude Your First Thought

Gratitude is one of the most impactful habits, especially when done first thing in the morning. It can positively influence our day and help us to move through the world with love and kindness toward others.

You can make gratitude your first thought with a few practices, including prayer and meditation apps. You can also keep a gratitude journal on your nightstand. Write down something you're thankful for before going to sleep, and then look at it first thing in the morning.

4. Create Small Rituals

Make getting up in the morning enjoyable, even on the coldest and darkest winter days by keeping a fuzzy robe near your bed maybe some warm socks. If waking up ready to go is more your style.. maybe have your gym clothes ready to go next to your bed and put them up as soon as you wake up. It will help wake you up and get you motivated!

Additionally, small & simple rituals are equally excellent practices for mindful mornings. Maybe you keep a candle in your room and light it first thing while making your coffee. Remember, each practice is as unique as the individual.

Have fun with it! Involve your kids to teach them the importance of routine and ritual as well.

5. Feed Your Body & Mind

Eating a wholesome, healthy breakfast in the morning nourishes our bodies & sets us up to make better health choices throughout the day. Our bodies also need fuel and hydration after hours of rest.

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