Most people have their own morning routine and I think it is very important to do so. I am not saying we should all have the same routine, no you should make your own, however there are a few things you can do in the morning that will set you up for the rest of the day. Things like yoga, meditation, journaling or drawing. I will do a more in depth post on why and how to obtain these habits in the future, but first here is a example of how I prefer to start my day.
I wake up quite early, I always have and probably always will. For the last two years I haven’t used an alarm clock to wake up, nothing beats waking up on your demand. To be awoken by a harsh sound will definitely affect your mood for the rest of the day.
As I’m trying to get into meditating (but still only a befinner) I ise this moment, the moment right after I wake up, to meditate. Nothing has happened yet, I haven’t checked my phone, I haven’t had anything that could have triggered my mind to get into full action and often I stay in bed while my short meditation. With one hand on my belly I just try to focus on my breathing and my hand moving up and down with every breath I take. Also now I don’t set an alarm, I just do this for however long it feels necessary. There are also other ways to start with meditating and I don’t think there really is a wrong way, just go with what works for you; sitting or lying down, morning or evening, alone or with guidance.
After this I will do a yoga flow practice of some sort, it really depends on how I’m feeling. Sometimes I feel the need for some intense hip openers and other days I really feel liking working on my shoulders, however I always almost start with a couple of sun salutations or various there of and end with a couple of inversions.
The yoga practice can take anywhere from 10 to 60 minutes and also here I don’t set my self a time limit. I understand this is not possible for everyone because of their job or school, but if you get I the habit of waking up early you’ll have plenty of time and don’t feel the need to rush through anything. In the weekends I even take a yoga class, but during the week I settle for 10 minutes of stretching before I head off to university.
After yoga and drinking a big glass of water or tea, I try to have a light breakfast, but sometimes I am so busy with school and running errands that I do not eat until lunchtime (which works fine for me). My breakfast consists of either a big bowl of fruit with seeds and grains, or oatmeal when it is colder outside. On the rare occasion I crave something hearty I go for rice and beans, soup or potatoes.
This is also the time of the day I would go to the markets to get some fresh produce for the week. I buy what ever is in season and I feel like having that week, so one weeks haul is never the same. However there are a couple of things I almost always buy – cucumbers (for snacking, salads and even to put into my morning water), tomatoes (all variaties), pumpkin (probably my favourite food), lettuce, lime, mushrooms, zucchinis and berries. Besides berries, the fruit I have changes with the season.
My favourite summer fruits are probably melons – watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew, piel de sapo, etc. They are the ultimate fast food, I just cut them in half, grab a spoon, ditch the seeds and start eating.
When I can I try to take my breakfast outside, or at least away from technology, however I must admit I am sometimes guilty of checking instagram if it is winter and I am eating alone. But I believe it is important to take the time to enjoy and savour your food, be conscious and aware. If you could make on change in your morning routine, I would like it to be this: instead of chowing down your breakfast in front of the tv, while checking social media or even reading the papers, I want you to sit down with you food and perhaps your family and eat it with mindfulness, enjoying every mouthful. You will feel the difference!