A consciously designed morning ritual is a powerful way to start your day. The truth is that while most of us have a morning ritual it is often reactive and does not empower us. When you are starting your day with not wanting to get out of bed, grabbing your smartphone first thing and then having a cup of coffee you might want to rethink it.
My experience before starting a Morning Ritual
Before I implemented a morning ritual in my life I was often stressed right after getting up. I rushed to the shower, skipped breakfast and tried to catch up with my to dos. This was not a good way to start and impacted my well-being and efficiency.
When trying to do something differently I often failed and gave up after a few half-hearted attempts. I saw other people working out in the morning or planning their day and could not imagine how they had the energy to do it. Further when I started college I often overslept and only got up around 9 to 10AM.
However, at one point I noticed that this was not the right way to live a good life. Instead of starting the day reacting to all the demands of the environment, I started the day by planning some time for myself.
How I managed to take charge and implement my own empowering morning ritual
As I said, it wasn’t easy for me to get up and consciously change my morning routine. The way I did it was through investing in an online course that walked me through the steps of designing my own empowering morning ritual and then implementing it step-by-step. I learned about belief systems, different components a morning ritual can have and designed my own personal ritual. The course ended with a 30-day challenge to make the habit stick.
After taking the course I followed my new morning ritual and completed the 30-Day Challenge successfully. To my shame I have to admit I stopped to follow it for 2 months this summer, but as I noticed the difference quickly adopted it again.
I think the reason why I finally managed to make the change is that I was invested into it: I spent money and time for the course. Further I did not have to think what to do, instead I just followed what the course told me. Instead of just thinking about implementing a morning ritual, I was now motivated to get as much value out of the course as possible. Would I have not paid for the course, I am unsure if this would have been the case.
My current morning ritual
I want to share my current morning ritual with you to give you an idea of how your morning ritual could look like. Still, don’t just copy this ritual but come up for your own. Depending on what you are currently working on in your life it might be helpful to make use of other components.
1. Smile – Very simple, but it works
There has been a lot of research that smiling supports your well-being (do a Google search!). It’s so simple and but still powerful. If you make a habit to smile first thing in the morning, this little habit alone can make your day. It continues to make my day every day, so there you have it.
2. Be grateful for the new day
Its easy to forget that its already a wonder we have been granted the gift of life and are blessed to wake up to a new day. No matter how bad the upcoming day will be like, it will still be right to feel grateful for what you have.
3. Have a glass of water
Having a glass of water is important as you have not been drinking anything for hours after waking up. That’s why having water is a must.
4. Move for 30min-1h: Jogging, Gym, Yoga or take a walk
This is the most challenging part of my morning ritual. I have never been able to work out in the morning before and had to adapt quite a bit. Still morning is the best time to schedule your workout. There are less distraction and no appointments that could interfere with it. Given that movement is such an integral component for staying healthy, doing some kind of it is important. In order for me to not get bored with going jogging every morning, I added several options. One morning I might go to the gym or just do a walk instead of going jogging.
5. (Cold) Shower – Start warm and then make it cold at the end!
I always found that completely cold showers are not right for me. I shower normal and for the last 3 minutes I turn the water to completely to cold. This way I still look forward to the shower and can warm up first, before being awakened by the cold.
6. 10 min Meditation
Meditation helps me to center my thoughts and to calm down. It’s the only time during the day where you are basically not doing anything productive. The only thing I am doing during meditation is breathing. Nothing else. Once a thought comes up, I acknowledge them and then let it disappear.
7. Review my planning for the day
I usually plan the next day at the evening before. In the morning I just review my planning and add or modify some to-dos if anything came up. Furthermore this helps me to remember all the items on my list.
Together with my breakfast this whole process takes under 2h. If you have less time or are just starting out, start with something simple you can not fail with. For example just smile and have a glass of water after waking up. This is easy and you can stay consistent with it. You can always expand the ritual as you go 🙂