This is the perfect time to start a morning routine of creating space for yourself, especially if you have never had one before.
Life is always happening for us not to us.
With COVID-19/Corona virus circulating in our world right now, it has a lot of us feeling uncertain and fearful.
It feels scary.
Our brains are in 5th gear in trying to keep us safe.
As a human, we crave certainty.
I want to offer to you that it’s not anything outside of you that is making you feel uncertainty.
Not even the corona virus.
It’s in fact our thoughts that is creating uncertainty.
Our feelings are ALWAYS created from our thoughts.
A morning routine can help you create more certainty and direct you to an intentional and deliberate life no matter what’s going on outside of you.
What an AMAZING gift you can give yourself, your life and the humans around you.
My morning routine is sacred to me.
While I’ve always had some sort of morning routine, creating space for myself every morning has been the best gift to myself since having kids.
It was even more important when I started a business since I had to be my own boss, employee and go getter!
It brings peace.
It brings awareness.
It brings intention vs. reaction.
If you want certainty, it must start with YOU.
Start your day with what it is YOU want to create vs. what the world might demanding from you.
Pings, alerts and human voices in your home or the humans on TV? Stop it!
Creating space and a morning routine for myself keeps me centered in the direction I truly want. Even in times of what feels like a lot of uncertainty.
Here’s my usual morning routine. I hope it helps you create one for yourself.
If you have never had one before, you can start small, just do #1 and #2.
Create space for you and your own brain not everyone else’s.
- Put your phone on silence before you go to bed. I set mine to automatically go to bedtime at a certain time.
- Wake up early. Or, at least 1-2 hours prior to when you normally awake to create this special and sacred space for yourself.
Research shows our brains are sharp & creative in the morning regardless if you are a “morning” person.
- Upon waking, do not look at your phone or flip open the news.
Do not let your inbox, messages, or any social media, or TV upon waking become the director of your day. You be the director!
Our brains natural instinct is to keep you safe so it looks to be startled. You get and decide to be in charge of what you intend to consume.
- Enjoy a full glass of room-temperature lemon water
Benefits: lots of vitamin c, boosts your metabolism, oxygenates your blood and supports your gut/digestion and metabolism.
- You can skip coffee or tea and just enjoy lemon water. But, when I’m ready to sit, I enjoy a cup of Four Sigmatic Coffee/Chaga Mushroom mix. I started this a few months ago and I love it.
I drink it black. It tastes like coffee.
Prior to this I was drinking homemade bullet-proof coffee but I had to ditch the dairy and it was an easy switch for me!
It it still helps my brain focus and think better! Mushrooms are one of the most powerful foods you can eat for your health!
Mushrooms have been used for thousands of years and are beneficial for disease prevention and/or healing including cancer!
- Journal. I start with Dear God & Universe,
List, state and visualize 3-5 things you’re grateful for — big or small it doesn’t matter.
Everyone on this planet has something to be grateful for. Get creative!
Being grateful immediately puts you out of fear and raises your emotional state.
You can not be grateful and fearful at the same time.
- Next, do a complete brain dump and get what is in your brain out on paper so you can have a look at it! Don’t assume you know what’s in there. A lot of our thoughts are negative and sub-conscious.
Write it with pen & paper in your journal, not typing. Research shows a connection in using a pen and paper is much more effective than typing.
See what your brain is thinking.
Our thoughts ultimately are creating our life whether we like our life or not.
It’s a good idea to see what it is you are actually thinking.
Do not judge yourself and the sentences your brain is thinking. Just write and continue to write until you have nothing left in there.
As you get comfortable with journaling, you might not think you have anything else to write. You can start asking yourself questions to prompt you.
When you ask your brain questions, it immediately looks for answers.
Don’t worry about if someone will see it. And, if you find yourself holding back because of that, just write in on paper and you can throw it away. If you are new to journaling than it might take some practice to get use to it. Think of it as a gift not a chore.
- Set an intention for the day. How do you want to show up? Write it down. Go after it in every single thing you do!
- If you are not a meditator, take a few quiet minutes for breathing so you can get present and create space for yourself.
Here’s two breathing techniques that help reduce anxiety, bring you into the present moment, and promote overall well-being.
I highly recommend them and you literally can use these techniques any time you are feeling stressed not just in the morning.
Dr Weil’s 4-7-8 breathing technique
Alternate Nostril Breathing
- Read. Spend time reading even if for 10-20 minutes. I love personal development whether it be learning something new in health, business or inspirational so it sets my creativity and intention in full mode.
- Okay, so now you are ready to move your body. You, of course, can exercise first — before journaling. Do what works for you.
Movement or exercise gets your blood and lymph moving.
It immediately moves you out of your current state and into a higher vibration. Your vibration or emotional state is what drives you to take the actions or inactions in your life. If you are feeling kind of low, you will not have the drive to take the actions you truly want. When you are in a raised higher vibrational state, you attract more of that into your life. It’s the law of attraction working for you not against you.
It immediately helps your brain get clear and focused. Clarity is power!
Circulating your blood and stretching your body is key to staying young and vibrant no matter your age.
Now you are ready to start your day!
Instead of looking at your phone/news/social media immediately, you have created space – for YOU to create a conscious and deliberate life on your terms not everyone else’s.
As you practice this daily, you will get even more intentional, aware and direct your life into a routine that is conscious and deliberate to what you do want.
At the very least, you start to become aware of your thoughts so you can make conscious changes and create the life you do want instead of being at the effect of everything around you.
If you need help around what’s getting in your way or you just need help to navigate a problem you are experiencing, send me an email. I offer free mini sessions, so you can walk-away with some tools and get a mini-experience of what coaching can do to help you, today!
Remember life happens for us, not to us.
I’d love to hear back from you either via email or in the comments, if creating space and a morning routine has changed your life.
It certainly has mine.
I can honestly say that out of 365 days in the year, I most likely only have skipped this 1-2x throughout the year due to unforeseen circumstances/travels.
At this time, with COVID-19 as our circumstance it seems like it’s filling our lives with uncertainty and fear, but really it’s our thoughts that create that.
This is a great practice to start so you can get a hold of the certainty, intention and the deliberate life you crave and want. It’s still possible with everything happening around you!