A morning routine that focuses on self-care can make all the difference in how your day unfolds.
In today's blog post I'm going to share my morning routine and show you how 30 minutes every morning can transform your whole day.
My morning routine for self-care
I'm pretty religious about my morning self-care routine. My nightly self-care routine helps me unwind and de-stimulate, and my morning routine helps set my mood for the entire day.
I don't consider myself a morning person, which really only makes my morning self-care routine all the more crucial. I take it seriously because I love feeling calm, relaxed, and centered.
It also helps to feel like I'm ahead of the day so that annoyances and irritations don't get to me like they would if I wasn't feeling grounded.
1. Prepare the night before
I have kids who wake up before the sun, so I try to do things like putting easy-to-access foods out for them. This way they don't bombard me right away in the morning.
I also like to pick up major clutter if I can so that my space isn't overwhelming when I'm trying to do my routine the next morning.
Is there anything you do in the mornings that could be prepared for the night before so that you don't feel overwhelmed and rushed when you first wake up?
2. Avoid your phone to protect your energy
This is really, really big for me. Since I'm not a morning person, it's easy for me to roll over and grab my phone and scroll mindlessly through Facebook while I wake up. This starts me off on the wrong foot for so many reasons.
When I make the choice to scroll through social media after waking, I allow the energy of others to affect my own energy before the day has even started. This is so huge!
Don't open your energy to the world. Leave some things sacred and intact first thing in the morning, like your mental sanity.
The longer I stay off social media in general, the better my days are.
3. Create a sacred feel
I think the feel of our spaces has a big impact on our moods and this is why I try to pick up as much as I can the night before. I'm not a perfectionist but I like general order so that I can feel calm.
I love to burn incense. Every time I burn it, I'm doing self-care activities so the scent has become even more sacred to me. As soon as I smell it, it instantly creates a relaxing vibe.
I also love essential oil diffusers and candles–anything to make my space smell more relaxing. I'm a huge believer in the power of aromatherapy!
I keep essential oil sprays and roll-ons on my nightstand and will frequently reapply them throughout the day when I need some grounding.
4. Enjoy something you love
Coffee is what I look forward to in the morning. Whatever it is for you, enjoy it!
Buy the best ingredients and really savor it. It could be green tea, a smoothie, eggs and toast. Whatever, just do you and don't let anyone invade this small time you're carving out for yourself.
I love to buy coffee mugs just to make my morning a little brighter. Do little things like this for yourself because it makes your self-care time all the more special and uplifting.
5. Read a daily book to shift your perspective
I love reading a page or two out of a good book every morning because it helps give me a positive perspective. One of the books I like to read out of daily is Simple Abundance.
Simple Abundance is great because it's short and I feel like it has a touch of whimsical magic to it.
You can also check out my post on my favorite daily books for self-care if you want to see my book rotation.
6. Do a morning worksheet to boost your vibration
Every morning I fill out a morning worksheet. These have honestly transformed my mornings because they're quick but powerful. Sometimes I may not have time to do anything else, but I always have time to fill out a morning worksheet. They make such a difference.
There are several worksheet bundles to choose from that have a morning worksheet, so it really depends on what your needs and intentions are. I alternate between all of them.
Below are the ones I use:
✦ For moms: wanting to start their day with a calm, positive mindset
✦ For mindset/manifesting: setting your daily intentions and a quick visualization
✦ For moon phase self-care: this one is like the ones above but has a section for recording a daily card pull
✦ For entrepreneurs: focuses on mindset for business success
7. Meditate for inner peace
The last thing I love to do is to meditate. I created a list here of my favorite guided meditations, and the very first one on that list is the one I'll usually listen to in the morning.
It doesn't even have to be anything too time-consuming; sitting and doing some deep breathing while visualizing your perfect day is extremely powerful! Don't underestimate it.
Try to avoid perfection when it comes to any self-care routine. Even one activity from the above list will shift your day positively.
The goal is simply to connect with yourself on some level.
To recap my easy morning self-care routine:
✦ Prepare the night before
✦ Avoid your phone to protect your energy
✦ Create a sacred feel with incense (or something else, maybe soothing music)
✦ Enjoy something you love (coffee, tea, etc)
✦ Read a page from a morning book
✦ Fill out a morning worksheet to shift your vibration
✦ Meditate for a few minutes
And that's my morning self-care routine. It takes about 30 minutes and transforms my whole day.
I hope you enjoyed this article! Do you have a morning routine and if so, what do you include in yours? Let me know in the comments below.
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Lots of love,
Jessica Dimas is the creator of Manifesting Magic with the Moon, a holistic self-care ritual bundle.