Do you start your mornings with intention?
Well, that’s what we are talking about today. Starting your day the right way will impact them greatly. The positive changes that I have seen since adopting this routine into my mornings have been phenomenal.
I used to hear the alarm, press the snooze and wait until the last possible minute to get up and then immediately go into my day. I did this during my old work days, rushing to get ready, have a quick bite to eat and run out the door. It’s as if this sort of chaos in the morning was okay with me.
Honestly, I didn’t realize how much greater my days would have been if I just took a moment to set some intention to them.
Since having children I would crave time to myself. Stay at home parents, you know what I’m saying. When you are home with the kids everyday, time to yourself seems like a dream some days.
I have had to make a conscious effort to create a morning routine that allows me to set my days up right. This allows me to be ready for my children as they wake up, because once they are up, IT’S ON!
Since this change, I feel less anxious, more focused and I generally feel more joy going into my day. It’s been an amazing shift on how my days fold out and I feel wholeheartedly, that creating an intentional morning is a must!
I like to keep my morning routine simple and effortless. Preparing yourself the night before can help tremendously.
Alleviate the chaos before it happens. Words to live by.
This intentional morning routine is really for anyone. Whether you work outside of the home or stay at home with the kids.
All of this is done before checking emails, social media or turning on the T.V. Release yourself from any access to this. This morning routine is to focus on your intention for the day ahead.
This will definitely impact your day in a positive way.
So, let’s get to it!
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Start Your Day With Intention – A Morning Routine
Wake up early
This will be different for everyone. I generally give myself an extra 2-2 1/2 hours more from when my children wake up. This is about 5:30am for me.
If you work outside of the home try to give yourself an extra 2 hours before you leave for work. While it takes some practice in building the habit, having that extra time is crucial to setting the tone for the day.
Say goodbye to the days of pressing snooze and say hello to new habits.
This can be done mentally or through journaling. Everyone has a preference as to how they practice gratitude.
I prefer to run through all the things I am grateful for while I am still lying in bed taking in my surroundings. This list is generally the same with some added tributes here and there. I just run them through my head.
If you journal, it would be great to leave your journal and pen next to your bed and reach for these when you wake up.
This is the ultimate habit to starting your day with intention. Staying aware of what you are grateful for on a daily basis truly helps in shifting your energy and keeping you aligned to receiving more joy in life.
Simple gratitude for things like your family, your home, food on the table will always serve you in a positive way.
I carry my thought provoked gratitude through to my routine of brushing my teeth and preparing my coffee. Making sure to feel that gratitude while thinking of it.
The awareness of it is one thing but make sure to really FEEL those feelings that those people, things or experiences bring to your life. It makes all the difference to be connected not just mentally but emotionally as well.
This makes those mundane tasks you do every morning less unconscious and more conscious.
Saying affirmations set you up for a day of a positive mindset and attitude. This will keep you on the path of inspired living and provide a little self-love every morning. Yes, please!
You can find affirmations for many different facets of life. What I have done is saved some images to my phone with my favorite affirmations. I created a folder to keep them all in one place and every morning during this time I run through these statements.
When choosing affirmations, keep them in the present like ‘I am abundance’, ‘I trust my inner light to guide me’, ‘I am attracting high-vibrational experiences’, ‘I am healthy’, ‘I am loved’, ‘I am blessed’.
Just to list some of my faves.
When I do this versus not, I notice an incredible difference in my day. That says something!
I am still new to this practice, being only a few months of actively trying to make it a part of my routine. My morning routine is the best time for this practice. It’s quiet, I’m in the right head space and it sets up my day for amazing possibility.
But having little ones, I am never quite sure when one of my children will surprise me with an early rising. My son will generally make an appearance around this time. So, it truly varies from day-to-day whether I can get this practice in.
When I can, I keep them short. About 15 minutes is a great amount for me, guided meditations work great for this as I am not at the point of doing them myself….yet.
Related: Ways To Be More Mindful Everyday
There are great guided meditation podcasts and you can find many on YouTube as well. Just a small bit of time with a big takeaway. I feel more focused when I have done this for the day. I also feel a higher creative flow and a clearer vision for accomplishing certain goals. It truly taps into the things we can’t attain on a conscious level.
This is the last bit of my intentional morning. I take 15-30 minutes focusing on just personal development. This can be reading a bit of a book or enjoying it on audio, listening to a podcast, or watching a video.
Related: Podcasts To Raise Your Vibration
Some recent books I have enjoyed:
- You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero
- The Greatness Guide by Robin Sharma
- High Performing Habits by Brendon Burchard
Taking some time every morning to work on you and your personal growth is essential. This will propel you into your day feeling inspired and uplifted.
Establishing these morning habits will set the tone for day, allowing to approach it with a positive mindset and therefore attract the same.
Since approaching my mornings with intent I have seen a tremendous shift in not only myself but those around me as well. I am continuously gaining answers to sought after questions the more I practice these habits.
Imagine eliminating the chaos of your morning, gaining insight, starting off on a positive foot and attracting great things…
Well, just get started with some intention.
Do you start your day with intention? If so, what do you do in your routine? I’d love to know. Leave me a comment below
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