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An Honest Approach to ‘the Morning Routine’

August 16, 2016 • By

Lemon Water Northern YogiI’ve read thousands of these articles, I’m guessing you have too and yet we both are still open to finding out more about other people’s morning routines. Why is that?

I think there are two main reasons we are both so interested in what people do first thing in the morning:

 

1. We are really nosey and like to voyeur into others’ lives
2. We genuinely want to feel amazing every single day, and mornings are hard so we want tips on making them easier, therefore making ourselves feel (and look) incredible.

Most morning routine advice comes from successful, beautiful people, usually accompanied by stunning pictures of them looking great clutching a mug of hot water and lemon. The reason this advice comes from successful people is probably because they know the importance starting each day right, but let’s face it sometimes life gets in the way. So it’s time to honestly approach our mornings and make the most of our day!

My morning routine generally looks like this

7am: Wake up, avoid checking phone no matter how much I really want to. Those #Instalikes can wait!
7:05am: Try and locate my earplugs that have fallen out of my ears during the night and are now floating around the bottom of the bed.
7:06am: In the bathroom, washing what needs to be washed, dry shampooing what can wait another day.
7:15am: In the kitchen, flick the kettle on. Play with the dog/ empty dishwasher/ load laundry whilst kettle boils
7:16am: Make 1 coffee for boyfriend (who is still in bed) and myself a lemon, vinegar and hot water. (Somedays this changes to a strong, large cup of tea, mood dependent)
7:19am: Back upstairs with two hot drinks and a dog, challenging.
7:20am: Drink hot water lemon whilst throwing make up on my face, brushing my hair, getting dressed
7:45am: Breakfast, usually berries with Greek yoghurt and granola. This changes to eggs, tomatoes and avocado at the weekend.
8am: Leave house clutching 1 litre of lemon water for the car ride, 1 handbag, 1 gym bag and maybe a bag of trash for the bin. Plus one Shih Tzu on her way to daycare.

You will notice that at no point during my first hour of each day there is no yoga, no meditation, and no 5 k run. I ‘m a yoga teacher and I don’t role out of bed straight onto my mat each day (WTF!). Occasionally yes, everyday no. Generally I prefer to practice in the evenings as I have more time to focus on the task at hand (TOP TIP: It’s easier to still the mind if you’re not thinking about the time). If you feel guilty about missing that 5am gym session just stop. Now. Starting every day with a feeling of guilt is not good and will probably make you feel a bit crappy all day long. So just stop doing it.

Mornings are hard. The baby is crying, the kids are hungry, the dog just crapped on the floor and we are now about 45 minutes behind schedule. Where is the Zen?

I left some parts out of my morning routine earlier because, to the outside world, it appears they are not happening. But, for me, they change my day. So maybe you could add them in whilst no one else is looking. See how it improves your day.

1. Upon waking tell yourself what kind of day you’re going to have:

a. ‘Today will be a good day’
b. ‘Today I will do something kind for a stranger’
c. Today I will be kind to my body’
d. Today the universe with respond to what I send out’

2. Whilst making your morning drink just think about that morning drink. Think about how the water is boiling, think about how that lemon was created, think about the beautiful effect it will have on your body. No other thoughts, just pouring water onto lemon. This is your meditation.

3. Give someone you love a hug; your child, your partner, you’re pet. Love them, show them.

4. Chant. My favourite is:

Aum Bhur Bhuvah Swah, Tat Savitur Varenyam
Bhargo Devasya Dhimahi, Dhiyo Yo Nah Prachodayat

5. Open the windows, blinds and curtains. It is the morning, let in the light!

Your morning routine doesn’t have to be the mirror image of Richard Branson for you to have a successful day. If a cup of tea and 5 minutes on the sofa makes you feel happy do that. It’s not about how it looks to others, it’s about how it feels to you.