The Not So Rude Awakening
I’m sure we all know what it feels like to wake up in the dark with the alarm blaring, to throw on some cloths, eat whatever is easiest, usually a breakfast loaded with sugar and caffeine; then rush to whatever commitment we have without taking the time to ground ourselves or give ourselves the critical foundations to build our day upon.
By waking up like this we are essentially jumpstarting our systems with stimulants and adrenaline which in turn can lead to fatigue, brain fog, unbalanced weight, mood disorders, higher risk of illness, and a decrease in productivity.
Having a regular morning routine is something that can drastically change our day for the better, making us more balanced and effective in every facet of our lives. So often I hear students saying that they do not have time for their morning practice. The truth is that this period of time is without a doubt one of the biggest time savers I have ever had the benefit of discovering. With a centered mind and an energetic, stimulant free, hydrated body we are able to do more and do it better in a fraction of the time. Consider this to be your Launchpad; do your system checks, and refuel.
Now the benefit of a morning routine is in no way a secret. In fact most inspirational humans throughout time have benefited from this one common AM practice. Tony Robbins, Oprah, Mark Zuckerburg, Bill Gates, Lady Gaga, Barack Obama are just a few of the amazing humans who have been eager to share the wonders of their powerful morning routines.The common thread here is that all of them take time to proactively and consciously create a CHOSEN state of being before doing anything else. They all put focus and energy into setting themselves up to be in the most balanced, grounded and healthy state to encounter the pressures of the day ahead.
If you are curious you will easily find an abundance of online articles on how to best start your day. Some choose meditation others prefer exercise. The truth is there is no right way. You need to take the time to see what works best for you. Trial and error is the best way to figure it out and once you have a winning formula, consistency is the key.Through repetition of desired behaviours we consciously start to become our best selves and we really do have the ability and the resources available to be proactive instead of reactive in our lives.
For me the following routine has been transformative and has become a truly sacred part of my day.
- Regular rising
Wake up at the same time every day (your body clock will thank you)
Understand that there is a biological part to who you are that needs to be regulated and that responds well to consistency and moderation.
- First thoughts matter (Intention)
Try to gain access to the control of the very first thoughts that you have as you are transitioning out of a sleep state. Your mind is very susceptible to suggestion here and a positive or negative thought when you wake can have a defining impact on your whole day. I like to tell myself every morning as I gain consciousness that today is a gift and I am lucky to have it (especially when I don’t feel like it)
Every morning Steve Jobs would look in the mirror and ask himself; “If this was my last day, would I still do what I’m about to do today?“
It can be really helpful to ask yourself empowering questions and of course to show gratitude. All of this is fostering positivity.
- Purify and detoxify.
Hygiene is a big part of getting a good start for me. As I get out of bed without swallowing the contents of my mouth, I swirl coconut oil around in my mouth (this is called Oil Pulling) for about 10 to 15 minutes. That stuff that you wake up with in your mouth is toxic. Spit don’t swallow. Oil pulling works wonders for your health. Detoxifies the body, keeps your skin clear, improves oral health and increases energy. You can do this while you make your bed, prepare your breakfast etc. It’s great to have a tiny bit of silent time in the morning to organize your thoughts.
- Fully and actively engage.
I like to think of this as switching on. For me a cold shower and breath work is a winning recipe; others may like running, yoga, or any form of exercise. Please click on this link to find out more on the benefits of Cold Showers
And here is a link to an absolutely invigorating breathing method with numerous health benefits developed by the Iceman Wim Hof. Being active in the morning really sets the tone for the whole day giving you that ‘go get em’ drive.
This is such an important habit to develop. Practicing to empty and de-clutter your mind will bring about a whole new you. Meditation is as simple as sitting for 5 minutes while actively letting go of any thoughts that pop into your mind. Find a method that you enjoy but be sure to gift yourself this time.
Your body will be stiff so your muscles and tendons shortened after being in a static position for several hours. Take a few minutes to lengthen and release the tension. Your body will function better and longer if you look after it. This can take as little as 5 minutes and can be as simple as folding forward and touching your toes.
I like to drink a minimum of 700 ml of water with lemon or 2 table spoons of apple cider vinegar to hydrate and alkalize my body. It is very difficult for disease to form in an alkaline, oxygen rich body. By doing this you are flushing out toxins and cleansing the body before it has to work at digesting and converting more food. Hydration is essential. I encourage you to try to drink as much water as possible and then wait at least an hour before consuming any food. I trust that you will be as blown away as I was by the results.
By taking a few of these simple steps you will be able to tell yourself every day that you have chosen to feel amazing.
Happy rising everyone!