Whether your idea of morning is 6am or noon, a morning ritual can help you start your day off right. There’s no more jumping out of bed and rushing out the door only to realize you’ve arrived at work in your slippers.
Instead you can wake up to less stress, a healthy breakfast, and a better mood. You might even be more productive and relaxed throughout the day, plus struggle less with sticking to your new healthy habits.
Building a morning ritual can be totally different for everyone, but here are some of the things that I love to include in mine.
How to create your own morning ritual
1. Find what feels good
I’m a morning person, so I’m always up bright and early to get my day started. Personally that’s just when I feel most productive. But finding what feels good for you totally depends on your lifestyle. If you work late for example, your morning might look different than mine. The important thing is that you’re sleeping enough hours each night to wake up feel rested. So early bird or night owl, embrace what feels right for you.
2. Get sweaty
Sweating everyday is a non-negotiable for me. It makes me feel energized, strong, healthy and happy. So in the morning when I wake up, I head out to do some fasted cardio (usually 15-20 minutes). Sometimes I head to the gym, other times if the weather is nice I go for a run on the seawall. Whichever it is, music is always key to pump me up. I also always pack a cold water bottle with a scoop of L-glutamine, BCAAs and coconut water powder to help fuel me up prior to weight training. I also eat breakfast before weight training. Then I generally focus on two body parts per day, and my weight training sessions last 30-45 minutes.
3. Eat a healthy breakfast
Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day so you should never skip it. You don’t have to spend a lot of time here or cook something fancy, but you do want it to be healthy. Skip the sugary cereal and having something with a good quality source of protein.
For me, that’s usually a bowl of oats with berries, a spoonful of honey and shredded coconut after my cardio workout. I either add protein powder or egg whites as my source of protein. I also eat again after my weight training session, and that meal is usually just a post-workout smoothie. One of my favourite combos is banana, spinach, cocoa, matcha and protein powder.
4. Be grateful
Each and every morning I always take some time to separate myself from social media and distractions to practise gratitude. If you don’t have a gratitude practice already, it’s really simple to start. All you need to do is take a couple minutes think of something in your life that you are grateful for – it can be big or small. For example, I am really grateful for all of the amazing women that have become a part of our inner babe community. They inspire me daily and help keep me motivated.
The more you practise gratitude, the easier it is to adopt a positive mindset, even when things don’t go as well as they could’ve. It also helps you stay present and appreciate yourself and where you’re at in your life.
5. Visualize your goals
I firmly believe that setting both short term goals and long term goals can improve your life and help you reach your potential. But I also know that you can’t just say you want something and then forget about it. Achieving your goals means constantly reviewing them, and holding yourself accountable to actually work towards them. So each morning I focus on my goals, and visualize my success. Every time I do this, it helps to reinforce why I want that goal for myself, so I stay on the right track.
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If you struggle with finding the time to maintain your morning ritual, start by building it into your night time routine. Set your workout clothes out the night before, as well as your outfit for work. You can also have something for breakfast that you can prepare the night before. Overnight oats or chia pudding are both great options you can make ahead of time.
And if you can’t fit it all in, choose one thing and start there. Even if that means all you do for the first few weeks is wake up and drink a big glass of water first thing, you’re doing something good for your body, and that’s what counts.
What does your morning ritual look like? Tell us in the comments below.