Many of the most successful people in the world have a standard morning ritual. Having a repetitive structure to the start of your day allows for clear thinking and potential for vast amounts of creativity throughout the day. There are a few specific tasks that I like to do to start my day on the right foot. Here are some of those tasks:
Incorporating a daily meditation practice can be incredibly rewarding, but it’s not for everyone. Some people have trouble sitting still, and trying to clear their mind for an extended period of time. In that case, I like to suggest doing a practice called fire breathing (which I recently discovered through Tony Robbins). In this practice, you do several powerful inhales and exhales at a fast rate. The point is to get your blood oxygenated quickly, and basically sync-up your body to start a great day. Here is a good article outlining how to do it. Alternatively, if you enjoy meditation as I do, then making it a daily occurrence can add a new level of appreciation for the activity. As I meditate, I try to separate my feelings (emotionally, physically, etc.) from my conscious thinking. Meditating in this way on a daily basis allows you to apply the separation in real life, giving you a clear head to win the day.
By reading something in the morning, you can set the tone for what type of day you will have. I like to read either fantasy (Game of Thrones) or non-fiction books as I drink my coffee. This is a nice way to ease into the day, instead of rushing and stressing, upon waking. Along with a sense of wonder to start your day, reading every morning gives you a chance at learning something new. Some of the most successful (and busy) people in the world set time aside each day to read… so should you.
Whether you keep a blog, write in a journal or are working on your next New York Times best-seller, making writing a daily habit can be really rewarding. Sometimes our minds fill up with thoughts and become overwhelmed. A great way to keep your thoughts clear and focused is to write them out daily. If writing on a daily basis seems too daunting for you, start with a 5-minute journal. Daily writing routines help me remind myself of my goals, what I am grateful for, and what I can do each day to make myself a better person. If there is one thing you can do to start your day on the right foot, it is write.
After a long rest, the body needs a shake up. The lymphatic system needs to get moving and your heart needs to get pumping. Moving around a bit in the morning will also make you feel more awake and alert, combatting the evils of grogginess and sleepiness. You can accomplish this task by doing a few pushups and squats, jumping up and down on a trampoline, or doing some morning yoga. Get up and get moving!
Mornings are a great time to be outside. The air is cool, the sun is hidden behind the trees, the birds are singing and there is dew dripping off the grass. It’s as peaceful a time of day as any. Missing this mystical moment, where nature is in its most pristine form, would be a shame. Breathing in the calm, morning air and feeling a light breeze on your skin is a truly soothing way to start your day. Whether you are reading, writing or enjoying your morning coffee, having the added pleasure of doing it outside will only enhance the vitality you start your day with. A morning outside also includes a nice dosage of vitamin D (the happiness vitamin).