Having discipline in the morning is paramount to our mental state. We all know how unstable, chaotic and unpredictable we feel when we skip out on our routines or the practices that make us feel grounded, clear and vibrant. In this blog, I share 5 morning rituals I swear by, that really make me feel alive and ready for the day.
Tea – Tea has fast become my non-negotiable. Each morning as I rise with the sun I get up, snuggle my beautiful man, head outside to stand on our deck and express gratitude for another day on this beautiful planet. I always cuddle and play with my gorgeous doggo and then pop the kettle on for tea. As I wait for the kettle to boil I have a shower and brush my teeth, I then prepare the tea room. Tea is a beautiful way to connect to the self and to nature. It is a peaceful dance between stillness and expansiveness and each time I sit, I move more into the woman I aspire to be. Tea has changed me in so many beautiful ways and I am eternally grateful for it. If you’d like to learn about this practice I suggest starting your journey at www.globalteahut.com and I hope you are as moved as I am by its beauty.
Lemon water – A fresh lemon squeezed into a glass of filtered water is the first thing I like to do in the mornings, hot or cold, that depends on the weather. Lemon water helps to maintain the pH levels in the body and it is incredibly high in Vitamin C which boosts the immune system – happy body, happy mind! The best part of drinking lemon water is radiant and blemish free skin, as it works as a detoxifying agent and a wonderful liver tonic. It also hydrates your skin and even better, helps with wrinkles! Oh, and did I mention that it is fantastic at helping your digestive system first thing in the morning, allowing you to digest your food easily. These are just a few of my favourite benefits of drinking lemon water in the morning, however, the list goes on. If you don’t like lemon water you can opt for warm water, this is what I am doing at the moment.
Affirmations – These babies are life changing! If you haven’t dabbled in them, then promise me this; you’ll take the next 2 minutes to close your eyes and repeat – “I love and accept myself” or “I love life and life loves me” the benefits of repeating these positive affirmations are that you become profoundly aware of your daily thoughts which makes it harder for negative thoughts to slip in. Affirmations keep you optimistic and optimistic people tend to feel healthier, happier and a lot more productive. If you are to take anything from these 5 rituals, I’ll pray that you try these!
Meditation – I’m not going to lie, meditation doesn’t happen everyday, however, when I get into a rhythm, I find myself a lot happier, lighter and nothing seems to bother me. I am a happy person as it is but life does seem to take such turns and if I wasn’t lucky enough to have meditation as a daily tool, I’m not sure what I’d do. I find a lot of people can’t commit to meditation because they think it is all about sitting still and thoughtless for the most part of an hour, well lucky days, that is not the case. Some mornings I will sit straight up in bed, close my eyes and focus on my breath for just 5 minutes, that is sometimes all you need. If you are reading this – do yourself a favour and get on board, I’m hoping you will never look back and use this as a self-love tool forever. If you would like to hear more on meditation, please let me know!
Move your body – This one I can admit that I have let slip away a little – especially due to winter and wanting to hibernate. It’s just way too easy to make a delicious, nurturing meal and snuggle up on the lounge to watch a favourite movie. I’d have to say that this is by far one of the most important rituals that we can all practice each day. Perhaps a walk on the beach or in the bush, a yoga class or even a gym session. Who can agree with me when I say; there is nothing more invigorating than moving the body, it just makes me feel so alive! So in writing this, I’m making a promise to myself to start moving my body more now that spring is here. Spring is a great time to re-evaluate, set goals and move forward for a healthier and happier Summer. I truly hope that you can take at least one ritual away from this and it brings you all the happiness in the world.
“We are born to love, love is our mother.” – Rumi
All my love,
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