It was back in 2011 that I really started focusing on creating a morning routine. At that stage in my life I was working full time, completing training to become a life coach, and running a part-time coaching practice in my spare time. Life was hectic.
I was completely out of balance. I woke up, I went to work. I came home from work, and I worked some more.
And then I went to bed, and when I woke up in the morning I did it all over again.
The Beginnings Of A Morning Routine
I often felt too exhausted in the evenings to do anything nourishing for myself, so I decided the only way it was going to happen was if I started waking up earlier. I wanted to create a routine in the morning that would support me and would enable me to spend some time doing the things that filled me up.
And so it began. I would set my alarm for 5am each day and wake up bleary eyed and confused. Initially not much happened in those early morning hours. I would sip on tea to try to keep myself awake, do some reading, listen to something inspiring on my ipod and generally just potter around. But as I got in to the routine of being awake before the sun rose, my routine started to take shape.
Over the past few years I have tweaked, changed and modified my morning routine. But generally it always involves the following key components
Waking up at 5am
Putting something alkalising in body first thing in the morning (our bodies go in to an acid state overnight) such as warm water with a squeeze of lemon or a fresh pressed veggie juice or a green smoothie.
Some form of exercise which varied from yoga, to running outdoors, to taking a gym class or doing a mini weight and strength training program at home.
Preparing my food for the day (when I was still working in my day job) so that I could ensure I would eat wholesome and healthy food all day
This morning routine was what allowed me to survive this crazy time of my life. I was able to take time out each morning for me. It was my quiet time. My time to connect. My time to do those things that made me feel great. It felt self-indulgent but in a really beautiful way. I loved it.
The key thing that I want to emphasise is that your morning routine can change, as you change. Sometimes you will need different things to support you, and so it is beautiful to allow your routine to grow and evolve as you do.
So, the shift I recently made in the morning routine was this – I dropped it down to 2 simple practices. That is it.
I ‘thought’ my morning routine was nourishing me, but recently I had noticed it was actually stressing me out. By the time it had hit 8am I already felt like I had a run a marathon. I was trying to squeeze waaaay too much in to this precious morning time.
So, I have totally slowed down and minimalised my routine. No more rushing out of bed at 5.15am, jumping in the shower, running at to the gym, running home from the gym, jumping to the shower, making a juice etc.. (you get the picture)
Instead, I Now Have 2 Simple Practices
1) Make a fresh-pressed vegetable juice
2) Sit and meditate
Some mornings my mind is all ‘rattly’ and I find it hard to sit and meditate. So, on those days I will just light a candle, roll out my yoga mat, lay on my back and breathe deeply. Even if I do not meditate ‘properly’ this practice still leaves me feeling incredibly grounded, calm and at ease about the day ahead.
And now my daily exercise has been bumped to the afternoons and I am actually really enjoying my 4pm gym sesh or run in the park. It is a great way to release tension after a long day at work, and move my body after sitting at my desk all day.
What is your morning routine? Does it feel nourishing, or does it ever feel rushed? I would love to hear in the comments below what works for you, and if you too feel that it may need some tweaking!