The truth is I am a massive advocate of a morning routine. I think how we start our day has a huge impact on so many things. Here are some benefits I have observed in myself when I am following a morning routine:
- My interactions with other people feel great. People smile at me!
- The getting-out-the-house-saga with Moses is less fraught
- My connection to my intuition feels stronger
- I have more belief in things always working out
- My productivity levels increase
- My energy levels are higher
- I feel more connected to my body
- I overthink less and do more
- I feel more connected to and supported by the universe
- I feel more in flow and in receptive mode
Before I had my son Moses my morning routine was looong. There was a time when I actually used to get up at 5.30am and travel to practice yoga for an hour and a half before work. Can’t believe I did that but I do remember feeling bloody amazing for the rest of the day. I did that for a couple of years and then I developed a routine at home which incorporated meditaion and the morning pages which is a writing practice created by Julia Cameron. It lasted a couple of hours. I loved all three aspects and felt how deeply and differently each practice fed my soul. I continued during pregnancy, incorporating my hypnobirthing practices into the mix. For probably the first year after Moses was born I abandoned any kind of morning routine because it seemed completely impossible. I missed it and I mourned that time to connect with myself. Around a year ago, I began experimenting with re-introducing it. I started meditating again because that was what I craved the most and the one thing I really needed him to be asleep for. After a while I could feel the difference massively. That twenty minutes of time with myself was golden. I was reminded how much I loved that feeling of being up early before everyone else. Catching that beautiful part of the day. If you love visiting a new city and getting up early to explore because of that magical quality that seems to only exist at that time; you’ll know where I’m coming from. Hal Elrod of the Morning Miracle advises six components for a morning routine:
Having experimented with all these aspects together and separately over the years I do think he has created a winning combo and he certainly has a lot of fans who can indorse it. You may balk at the thought of fitting this all in and I totally get that.
There are two words I’d like to introduce, that I believe can really revolutionise the way we view a morning routine: ritualand intention.
Ritual: definition – a series of actions or types of behaviour regularly and invariably followed by someone.
Intention: definition – a thing intended; an aim or plan If we think about it in this way it lightens the whole thing up. Essentially, have a plan to carry out an action every morning. And that’s it. We don’t have to spend hours or follow a certain routine to get the benefits. Do what you can in the time you have. And do what feels good to you. The beauty of this is that you can do each bit for a very short time, even one minute. Or if you’re really short on time, tune in and pick one or a few to do. Let go of the idea that a practice has to be a certain time to be beneficial. Instead start with making an intention to practice one of the above and if it feels good make the intuition to do one or a few the next day and so on. This works so well for me even if I get interrupted (which I do a lot!) I hope like me, you’ll notice how giving yourself this gift every morning creates beautiful little changes in your day.