Like most of the world, you’ve gotten used to being home all day. And stress will follow you anywhere. The beginning of the day sets the tone. This simple morning routine will get you going and keep you centered throughout your day!
One of the best things you can do for yourself is to begin a morning routine different from what you’ve been doing, and if you’re like me, it’s probably sleeping in as late as possible. Try this routine for a month, and if it works well, keep it up; if it doesn’t, tweak it and make it your own, whatever works for you. This routine has helped me tremendously. It’s not hard, but just like everything else, consistency is vital.
- Begin by waking up 20 to 30 minutes before you have to be up. I know I’m asking a lot but trust me, it’s worth it!
- As soon as you wake up, spend some extra moments in bed. Say a morning mantra and center yourself towards the day. I’ve memorized these mantras below. I got them from one of Gabby Bernstein’s books, and they’ve stuck with me. Gabrielle aka Gabby is an American motivational speaker, life coach, and author. I’ve read several of her books and love her approach to life. Check her out at gabbybernstein.com
Throughout my day, I repeat this mantra below. Try it out or change it to make it your own.
Everything is happening around me, and I’m truly taken care of.
- After I get up, brush my teeth, and put some workout gear on, I begin my routine. First, I do Sun Salutation yoga poses. I found these on Pinterest and love how easy they are. You can extend the poses by taking more breathes for each pose. I’ve tried other poses, but this one is working great for me at this time. Try these out; they’re super simple and stretch you out.
- After the yoga poses, do a 1 min plank. Add 5 seconds to the minute as you get stronger. You can also add some bent-over dumbbell raises to strengthen the backside of the shoulder and upper back. Strengthening these muscles helps stabilize the shoulder, maintain posture, and create balanced strength. Three sets of 15 reps using 8 lb. dumbbells work well for me, but you can adjust to your liking. Yoga poses before the plank will help keep you maintain your position longer.
- Next, I meditate for 10 to 20 minutes, depending on how much time I have. You can do as little as 1 min. It’s not about the time; it’s about getting started and doing what you can every day. Be flexible, and you’ll be able to maintain the routine.
- I bought this meditation cushion that works excellent! It’s big enough to keep my legs from falling asleep but small enough to keep out of the way when I’m not using it. It also folds up and comes with its storage bag. This little cushion is excellent, mainly because I can travel with it.
- I started meditating when I turned 30. I was in search of something that would give me clarity and calmness. Meditation has helped me tremendously. It’s kept me grounded, centered and I feel the difference when I do it consistently. Meditating after yoga poses and the plank will help keep your focus longer. These practices balance the nervous system and stimulate your subtle energy. It relaxes the mind and centers the attention.
- After meditating, I pray. Depending on how I feel depends on the length of my prayer. You can pray to your higher self, God, The Universe, whatever it is you believe. And if you’ve never done it, try it a few times and see how you feel.
Lastly, I go and make myself a cafécito while I get ready. That’s it. It’s an easy and simple morning routine. If you start your day with calm, relaxed energy, it stays with you the rest of the day. These days, I do whatever I can to remain centered as long as possible. With everything going on globally, it’s a must. Namaste
Last Updated on 05/07/21 by Darlingdew Lifestyle Staff