10 Tips for Starting Your Day With Intention
I love morning rituals. Personally, I set aside anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour and a half to indulge in my morning routine. The mornings are our biggest opportunities to set the tone for our day.
Marianne Williamson says this about mornings, “At the beginning of the day, the mind is most open to receive new impressions. One of the most important things we can do is to take full responsibility for the power of the morning.”
I used to wake up in the morning, turn on my phone, and read the news. The stressful, negatively focused news. Then I’d jump up and go, go, go for the rest of the day. My mind was super active first thing in the morning, and it still is.
Now I wake up and bring my awareness to my heart. I feel gratitude for another day here. I get up and slowly begin to move into my morning rituals.
Living intentionally means choosing what will serve our highest self.
My mind is still really active first thing in the morning. I usually wake up excited and ready to start working. But I have trained myself not to act on it because it creates frenetic energy throughout my day. I’m not grounded. I hop from one thing to the next until I find myself crashing mid day.
If you want to have a great day you have to intentionally set the foundation for it. We often take a nose dive into the day instead of mindfully walking into it.
Here are a few tips for starting your day with intention:
- Go to sleep before midnight the night before. Intentional mornings begin the night before. The way we feel when we wake up in the morning has so much to do with the quality of our sleep. Most of us need between 7 and 9 hours, and we get better sleep when we doze off before midnight.
- Give yourself twice the amount of time. I get to the airport two hours early because who wants added stress? Not me. So I don’t create it. Give yourself far more time than you need so you can actually be present in the morning. Whatever you think you need, double it.
- Break your bad habits. Hopping on Instagram or Facebook first thing in the morning is a bad habit. Starting your morning with intention means that you are choosing what you’re focusing on. Every single thing your mind focuses on creates an imprint.
- Move mindfully. As you get out of bed feel the sheets on your skin, feel the temperature of the room, feel your feet on the floor, feel the toothbrush bristles on your gums.
- Stay present. This one is huge and is a big habit for most of us. Resist the temptation to think about what you have to do during the day. The day and all the things you have to do will still be there once you finish your morning routine. Training yourself to be present in the morning will help you be present in everything you do.
- Remember that you are worth it. Recognize that your ability to be present with yourself in the morning is an act of self love. When we love ourselves we’re bringing our full selves to the table. If you can’t commit to yourself you can’t fully show up for anyone else.
- Don’t be afraid to change. It’s really easy for anything to become an item to check off on a to-do list. When your morning routine starts to feel like this it’s no longer serving you. Don’t be attached to your morning rituals. If something doesn’t feel like it’s serving you anymore drop it. You can always pick it back up again.
- Make it non-negotiable. The best way to commit to yourself is to just show up. That means you don’t allow yourself to have an out. There is no option to not show up. You don’t even allow your mind to go there. You just show up.
- Make a morning routine list. Making a list of the things you want to do in the morning that will help you feel the way you want to feel is an easy way to reduce resistance. Wake up and turn to your list. Now you already know what you need to do.
- Choose wisely. Make sure the things you choose to do for your morning routine are things that are going to nourish, energize, and connect you to spirit, intuition, or heart.
There’s this process I teach called The Desire Map. It’s purpose is to help you get really clear on how you truly want to feel in your life. When you know how you want to feel then you know what to choose in your life to make you feel that way.
Living an intentional life pulls you out from under your own fog.
I use this process throughout my life and turn to my words every single morning. Right now those words are sacred, rich, free, and trust. I reflect on those words each morning and create rituals and commitments in my life that will evoke those feelings for me.
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