As the sky spreads open, new curtains of achievement, possibilities, and goals are tilted opened, we are presented with a new day to set the tone for our development.
Creating an efficient and ideal morning routine sets you on the right path more like creating your own sunshine on the naked clouds, it is an instrument in setting the tone of your day.
It is necessary that we put a productive check on the activities we involve ourselves into before commencing for the day.
Before I developed an ideal routine I spent hours tossing in bed, clicking through my social media feeds, checking for comments and likes on my Instagram or social media handles and this injected a sense of dissatisfaction into my subconsciousness; thoughts of disappointment in not getting an expected amount of likes, comments or engagements on a post.
Below are simple morning rituals that will help you start your day on a blissful note as guides to creating a refreshing morning and will take not more than 10 minutes of your time.
1. Consulting Your To-Do List
Before I go to bed one important thing I always do is to make a list of my activities and set my daily intentions. I prioritize the most important activity that will take a lot of time and activities that are close to a deadline so the next day I have a guide for my daily intentions.
This list contains my routines as well such as journaling, working out, having breakfast, etc. I go as far as jotting down the amount of time it will take to perform even the minimal activity because time is important.
Creating and writing a to-do list keeps you organized and grounded, you know what you have to do and the task to manage.
This allows you to stay focused as you attend to each and every activity, it reduces the hassle of multi-tasking because you are in no haste, you know all your activities for the day will be achieved and acquired.
This may be a flimsy activity; the simple act of writing down and prioritizing your important activities, but this is a major link to having a stress free and productive day.
As simple as it may sound, having a to-do list is important; it helps keep track of activities that need to be attended to and improves organization, memory, and motivation, so try and outline your to-do list as a guide for the day.
2. Visualize Your Day
You can’t do anything that you can’t picture yourself doing.
Visualization can be seen as “daydreaming with a purpose”. When you visualize how you want your mornings to unfold and unravel into, it becomes easier to take action.
Visualization is the act of willfully forming mental images to affect material reality. The power of visualization cannot be overemphasized because you can visualize what you want to do before you do it and you will get it, more like an attractive magnet of what we see.
It is important to know that everything begins in the mental plane first before it manifests in the physical plane we think about something first and then we start to create it on the physical. When visualizing, you form images for your subconscious mind to use as a pattern to work.
Visualization is the conscious exercising of the power of thoughts, to create mental images that help create and design the future. You are more productive by doing fifteen minutes of visualization.
Before I set out for the day, I visualize myself getting into the bus, having a blissful ride, having a positive day, interacting with people, making impactful connections and attending to all my activities for the day and I must say, this truly works!
Meditation is channelling into the spiritual; I allow my thoughts and mind to wander around peace and quietness, I reflect on my activities for the day and I anchor my thoughts on positivity. This is a beneficial and incredible daily practice that can edify your mind. Meditation stimulates the brain, it enhances your level of mindfulness and concentration.
Survival can be a daunting and exhausting process; jingling around several activities to meet up with deadlines and so effective and regular meditation can help calm the mind and take charge of our thoughts allowing us to focus on the present.
I meditate every morning before I set out for the day and every evening before I go to bed and this act has nourished my inner center aligning me with peace, it removes the weight of stress and leaves my body light.
Journaling saved my life! This may sound cliché but the simple act of progressing my thoughts on paper prevented me from chocking on doubts, misconducts, anxiety, and confusion. Sometimes our thoughts can be limiting and the ability to adequately communicate how we feel is difficult.
Journaling serves as a bridge to easiness, it is like whispering to yourself and listening at the same time. Keeping a journal of what is going on in your life is a good way to help you distill what’s important and what’s not.
A personal journal is an ideal environment in which to become, it is a perfect place for you to think, feel, discover, expand, remember and dream. I can shake off everything as I write, converting doubt in an act of strength.
So every morning before I carry on with the tides of survival I make sure that I write in my journal.
Journal writing is a ritual for transformation, it is not only life-changing but life expanding. It reminds you of your goals and learning in life, it offers a place where you can hold a deliberate thoughtful conversation with yourself and I totally recommend trying this.
This is no new phrase but it is so sad that so many of us reduce the importance, need and power of gratitude. When you wake up in the morning, learn to give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength, give thanks for your food and joy of living. If you see no reason to give thanks, there is a problem you need to fix urgently.
Gratitude is the conscious experience of appreciation. By outing and writing at least 3 things you are thankful for, you are setting your day on a positive route.
Gratitude gives us reasons to be happy, makes us more optimistic; it increases self-esteem.
Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you and gives thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.
You can have a simple gratitude list like –
I am thankful and grateful for
‘’I have a place to sleep’’
‘’-I ate today’’
‘’I drink clean water’’
‘’-I have impactful relationships that surround me’’
‘’I am in good health’’
‘’I am at peace’’
‘’-I am surrounded with positivity’’
‘’I am thankful for the sense of hearing’’
‘’-I am thankful for the sense of sight’’
‘’ I am thankful for the sense of smell’’
‘’-I am thankful for the sense of taste’’
‘I am thankful for the sanity of my mind’’
‘’For the space to connect with like-minded people’’
‘’Love that surrounds me’’
‘’I have a luxurious life’’
‘’Challenges forging me into a better person’’
‘’Thankful for the turmoil that has forged me into a warrior’’
‘’Manifestation of my purpose’’
6. Drink Water And Stay Hydrated
There are so many benefits attached to drinking water in the morning and staying hydrated.
Drinking water on an empty stomach in the morning is highly beneficial, it purifies the body and improves the stomach chances of absorbing nutrients easily. This enables you to have your breakfast without constipation or stress.
According to scientists, hydration has a major effect on energy level and brain function as the brain is greatly influenced by hydration status and Studies show that even mild dehydration (1-3% of body weight) can impair many aspects of brain function so we should learn to drink more water and keep our body hydrated.
7. Stretch Your Body
This brings about flexibility in our joints and maintains the motions in our body. You should include stretching into your routine because it can increase the range of motion in your joints.
Stretching can increase the performance of our body and drastically reduces the risk of injuries. You should hold stretches for around 30 seconds, keep it gentle and slow.
Not many people consider stretching to be a form of exercise, probably it’s something we sometimes do without applying effort unlike aerobics but this gentle form of exercise can keep you staying in health, fit and good for your body and mind.
Stretching increases the flexibility of the body. Regular stretching keeps your back straight.
Backaches can be triggered by lifting heavy objects or certain twisting movement and lack of exercise can make the cartilage tissue stiff and inflexible and when that happens sudden twisting and straining can cause tears in the cartilage.
8. Be Consistent
Consistency is the hallmark of the unimaginative. Routines or rituals cannot be effective if they are not practiced consistently.
You must not adopt all these rituals at once, you can start by simply developing an attitude of gratitude, keeping a journal or making sure to have breakfast in the morning but employ it as a habitual activity and the more you progress, the easier it becomes to adopt and stick to other routines. I didn’t cultivate all these rituals in one day so be patient and consistent.
We all have to start somewhere, and doing something is better than nothing at all. Start small so you don’t get discouraged and give up. Remember it is all about consistency.