10 Rituals to Start Your Day Stress Free
Did you hit snooze this morning? Once you finally woke up, did you reach for your phone? Unless there's been an apocalypse that you need to be made aware of by checking your Instagram feed (zombies are pretty gram-able we must admit), social media can wait.
You probably do these things out of habit, making them a part of your daily ritual. But in reality, they add nothing positive to your life. Be honest, how much more awake do you feel after a 5 minute snooze? Here are 10 of our favourite rituals that will help make your morning more productive and eventually, a more rewarding experience.
Now we are not suggesting a 2000 word essay on the paleo debate, instead just spending five minutes to write down 3 things you are grateful for will help open your mind for the day ahead. Gratitude is the opposite of depression and anxiety, so starting your morning ritual with this simple task will encourage your mind to think more positively throughout the day. Journalling is great too. First morning thoughts can be pretty wacky and wonderful so write it out!
Those who have practiced yoga before will be aware of a 'Sun Salutation' a series of poses to slowly wake up the mind and warm up the body. Well it's called this for a reason. But simply stretching for 10 minutes can actually be a fairly mindful practice in itself, allow yourself to feel every muscle when you stretch breathing deeply and pushing further. You may even find your flexibility improves by practicing this every day.
By practicing mediation for 5-10 minutes everyday, you will help to wake up your mind and be more focused. There are heaps of apps on the market that help you do this like Head Space. Read more about mediative mindfulness here.
Drinking water is a fairly obvious one but few of us make a point to drink a glass or two of water first thing in the morning. Not only has your body not been hydrated for the past 7+ hours, your mind needs water to function at its best. To help with digestion, you may like to add some Apple Cider Vinegar or Lemon Juice to a warm glass of water. This wakes up your digestive tract and can soothe an upset stomach.
If you live with someone, be it a partner, family member or friend, make a point of really connecting with them. Not a big talker in the morning? Consider just saying a positive statement like "Good morning. I hope you have a great day today!" They'll feel good, you'll feel good (win! win!)
For many people breakfast is their favourite meal (Instagram has proven this!) but it's important to make this a part of your ritual everyday, not just on the weekend. Make something delicious and substantial like eggs or avo on toast or a smoothie bowl with granola. Here's a challenge, enjoy your breakfast without checking your phone!
We all know reading is a great relaxing past time but it can also help to energise your brain and keep it sharp. Whether it's a trashy magazine, novel, self help book or text book (no, emails don't count), just set the timer on your phone for 10 minutes and read.
Spend 10 solid minutes doing some cleaning or tidying around your home. Make your bed, iron some clothes, clean the toilet, just mix it up every day. Set a timer and make it a competition to see how much you can complete in such a short time. This will make you feel like you're starting the day actually accomplishing something useful!
7 Minute Workout
Sweating in the morning is the best feeling but sometimes you don't have time for a class or to go for a run. If you simply do a high intensity workout to start your day, we can assure you'll be sweating in just 10 minutes! Try something simple like 20 jump squats, 20 push ups, 20 burpees and 20 leg raises (repeat twice). Finish with a 2 minute plank and you will have yourself a mini work out that will get your metabolism going.
Wake Up Earlier
Once you've practiced one of these tasks everyday, try adding another. If this means waking up 10 minutes earlier, so be it. Consider how good you feel after one of these 10 minute tasks and how much better you'd feel after doing two (or extending the time you allow for that one task). Maybe you will even start to enjoy mornings!