How do your mornings begin? Pressing snooze buttons? Droopy eyes checking messages on phone? Hurrying for the office? Do you even stop for a second to listen to what your body and mind is saying?
Maybe you do, but are unsure of what else is possible. Getting out of that comfort zone isn't easy. It's always tempting to sleep for "just a few more minutes." Even if the night were an hour longer, we would still try to get an extra five minutes of shut-eye.
Most people follow some sort of routine in the morning, but below are five ideas that can help you create a habit that nourishes your mind, body and soul.
1. Eat a few pre-soaked almonds.
Make it a habit to soak six to eight almonds every night. Peel the almond skin and eat them first thing in the morning. You can soak other dry fruits, too, based on your preferences.
2. Say at least one affirmation.
When you look in the mirror while washing your face or brushing your teeth, spare one minute to tell yourself that it's a good day and you're thankful for that. See how good that smile looks on your face! Tell yourself that one task which you are going to finish today. Willpower is highest in the morning, so start strong.
3. Start drinking green tea with lemon.
Put the green tea bag in warm water. Add honey and squeeze some lemon. It's a wonder herb. Sit in fresh air, savor every sip of it. Hear the birds tweeting; observe the green trees; play with your pet; see the rising sun; be grateful for the morning; be present in the moment.
4. Go on a mindful walk, no matter how long it is.
Choose a green and clean place. Take deep breaths. Focus on the rhythms of breath. Observe the blue sky, the trees and then the ground. Repeat. Go from slow, to brisk, and back to a slow pace. From increasing your blood circulation to releasing your muscular tension, from making you calm to opening up your chakras, walking daily is a must.
5. Try a few yoga poses.
Caring for your health on a physical level even when you're not sick is going to give you rewards on a mental level, too. Practice yoga daily. You will be healthier, and will feel younger and happier for a long run. It's not just breathing in and out. It's connecting your inner self to nature. That's how life energy sustains. It nourishes your body, mind and soul; everyone needs that.
Cheerful, calm, composed, nutritious and grounded mornings will make your whole day fruitful. We can always use a lack of time as an excuse. Try doing it for a week. Notice the difference in your days. You won't want to quit the routine after feeling its effects.