Wellness Wednesday: Perfecting Your Morning Routine
Updated: Mar 5
If you can win the morning, you can win the day - Anonymous
While you are out there Queenin’ like only you can and securing the bag, don’t forget to tap into what really matters, and that’s you.
Between deadlines and never-ending to-do lists, self-care seems like a luxury; when in fact, it’s a necessity. It can be a powerful transformation for not only seizing the day but changing your life.
Perfecting your morning routine is all about what you do for yourself to make your day more productive and being intentional about how you spend your time and energy.
I used to be one of those people who would struggle to get out of bed and would be stressed and overwhelmed about everything that I needed to accomplish. I would lay down and scroll through Instagram and Facebook searching for inspiration and motivation to get my day started. Before I know it, an hour or so had passed and now I’m rushing.
I was so distracted by other people’s lives, that I wasn’t present in my own life, and once I realized how damaging that was, I knew that something needed to change.
I wanted to implement something more concrete into my regular rituals besides drinking a glass of water as soon as I wake, and normal hygiene stuff, to help me to develop a vision for my day and set me up for success. That’s when I stumbled upon Hal Elrod’s amazing book called, The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life (Before 8AM), where Elrod describes six practices that he calls LIFE S.A.V.E.R.S that can work wonders for living the life that we all deserve.
S.A.V.E.R.S is an acronym for Silence, Affirmations, Visualization, Exercise, Reading and Scribing.
It’s self-explanatory, but it’s all about taking the time to be still (if even for a few moments), practicing gratitude, and searching within for internal motivation.
Here’s some self-care tips that can make your daily life more productive, healthier, and help you to be more intentional with your time and energy.
1. Physical Self Care
Listen to your body and pay attention to what it’s trying to communicate to you. Are you getting enough sleep/rest? Are you eating the right types of foods and drinking enough water? Are you getting enough physical activity? Do you notice any pain or discomfort? Taking care of your physical needs will help you to feel better, and to think more clearly.
2. Social Self Care
Connecting with others whether face-to-face, virtually via social media and/or video chat. Make time to build and nurture healthy relationships with people that matter most.
3. Mental Self Care
Be mindful of your thoughts (the way you think, and what you allow to take residence in your head). Do activities that are mentally stimulating (reading a book, puzzles, listening to music). Above all else, practicing mindfulness and self-compassion, it is the ultimate form of self-love.
4. Spiritual Self Care
You don’t have to practice religion to feed your spirit. Nurturing your spirit is about understanding and connecting to a higher power that is bigger than yourself. Find ways to get in tune with your inner being to develop a deeper meaning of your life’s purpose. Pray. Meditate. Take a walk.
5. Emotional Self Care
Seek healthy ways to process your emotions. Create an emotional toolbox of things that could help you cope and recharge after a rough day. Find what works for you whether that is in the form of talking to a therapist/someone you can trust, writing in a journal, and/or engaging in activities that bring you calmness and peace (yoga, painting, knitting). Incorporating grounding exercises and reciting positive affirmations are also great techniques to help to center you when dealing with negative emotions.
No matter what self-care looks like for you, make it your daily routine so you can become the best possible version of yourself.
What you do in your first few minutes after waking up can set the tone for how the remainder of your day plays out, so why not invest in making the most out of it?