I used to be a morning person. When I was in high school, I’d spring up at the first sound of my alarm — sometimes even earlier — ready for the day ahead. The snooze button did not exist for me.
As I got a bit older, though, and life became more hectic, I found that I’d want nothing more than to stay under the covers until the last possible moment. I wanted to avoid the craziness of the day that lay before me until I absolutely had to face it. When I had to, I’d finally get up, rush to get ready for my day, and run out the door… usually later than I’d ideally want to.
But that’s all recently changed, and I’m so glad it has.
I’ve come to realize that early morning is a beautiful time. A quiet, still time, where everything moves slowly, if even at all. Most days, I wake up knowing that my day is going to be hectic. That idea — the one that used to have me staying in bed until the last possible minute — is now the very reason that I’ve started waking up earlier.
I’ve come to find that when I start my day slowly, with little rituals that make me feel good, I can ease into the day so much better. I find myself being much less stressed throughout the day, even though my days have not become any less busy. Allowing the morning to be a time for just me makes it so incredibly enjoyable. I’m starting to love mornings again.
First of all, I’ve changed the alarm I wake up to. Instead of one that sounds crazy and electronic, I’ve switched to one that sounds like a beating drum. It’s so much more natural, and much more pleasant to wake up to.
Once I hear the alarm, I shut it off. I don’t spring up right away, but I don’t go back to sleep. I lay in bed for a few minutes, listening to nothing. Experiencing the stillness of the morning. I call my cat over to me and give him a little scratch before I sit up.
I get out of bed, but only to light a candle or some incense. This time of year, it’s still dark when I wake up, and having a beautifully-smelling flame burning in the room feels so nice.
I get back into bed and do Kristen’s 3-minute morning yoga. I’ve never been one to do yoga in the morning before, but this mini yoga session is such a soothing way to ease the body into the day, and now I love it. Thank you, Kristen. :)
While I do each movement, I breathe long and deep, and repeat a little affirmation in my head. Usually it’s “All of life comes to me with ease, joy, and glory,” a little something I learned from this wonderful woman.
Then it’s shower time, followed by Abhyanga — ayurvedic daily massage with gorgeous natural oils made by this incredible woman.
After that, I feel so prepared for the day that lies ahead. I’m happy, I’m relaxed, and I’m ready to take on anything that comes my way.
If you don’t have your own morning rituals, I think you should give it a shot. Wake up a little early and take that time to do something for you. The benefits you’ll experience throughout the day will far surpass that extra half hour of sleep you may be missing.
What do your mornings look like? Do tell. :)
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