Make Your Morning Miraculous

Miraculous MorningI’ve never been a morning person. Getting up in the dark just seems so, well, uncivilized. For years I would get up at the last possible second, leap out of bed and rush to get myself and the kids out the door – as fast as I could. I LOVED staying up late. It was quiet, peaceful and frequently I had a creative epiphany at about 10pm – the morning on the other hand, was something to just get through. I felt stressed from the hurry-up-ness of my schedule without a second to spare.

These days, I’m still not a morning person, but I do get up earlier than I used to and I have a routine that I follow pretty much every day. The biggest change I implemented was adding in 10 minutes of me time. I feel invigorated and excited to start my day – and calm.

Miraculous!

If you had told me a few years ago that I would enjoy the morning, I would have laughed at you. Why does having a routine make such a big difference? Spending a few minutes to have a little you time whether it’s breathing, exercising, or journaling gives your body and brain the chance to wake up. When you are relaxed, clear and able to focus, there is less cortisol (the stress hormone) running through your body. We experience more stress in our daily lives than ever before and constant high levels of stress can throw your body out of whack by increasing inflammatory responses and hormone imbalance. More and more studies are making the connection between stress, disease and weight issues. In fact 80% of all disease is related to our stress levels in some way another.

Getting Started

There is no perfect routine or time to get up. Here is are a few keys to success:

Do what works for you. If something feels like it’s too much effort – Don’t Do It.

Experiment and add in one thing at a time. If your morning starts out more like a sprint, consider getting up 15 minutes earlier. Getting up in the morning is like every other goal, best done in small bites. For those of you who might be more night oriented but want to have a little more time in the morning, think about getting up earlier as a choice to invest in yourself.

Your routine will be unique but consider including:

• Drinking water first thing, before coffee. (This helps detox you, and can eliminate heart burn later in the day)
• Stretch. Do yoga or full out exercise if that’s what rocks your world
• Meditation and/or deep breathing can be a great way to ease into your day
• Journal, write down what you are grateful for or start writing creation statements
• Draw or doodle – Be Creative!
• Write your to-do or tomorrow list the night before and review in the morning.
• Eat breakfast. Scrambled eggs take 4 minutes, reheat steel cut oats or quinoa – 4 minutes or try a green smoothie – 5 minutes. For more on why breakfast can set you up for success read   here.
• Hug your kids, spouse, pets – or if you are by yourself – Hug you, just because you are amazing.

The benefits of a miraculous morning routine:

• Lower your stress level (fewer headaches, lower blood pressure, less inflammation, and even lose weight. )
• Get more done in less time. If you start your day knowing what you want to accomplish, you are more likely to get it done.
• Be Happier – It is the point of life, right?

I love being inspired by what others do to start their day and I’ve read (and I’m sure you have too) that the most successful people have morning routines or rituals that they follow every day. Here are a few that I love:

• Leslie Hale, CFO and Executive Vice President of RLJ Lodging Trust, wakes up at 6:30 and expresses gratitude. She then reviews her priorities for the day.

• Steve Jobs was known for standing in the mirror and asking himself “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?’ And whenever the answer has been ‘No’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.”

• Anne Wintour, Editor-in-Chief of Vogue, starts her day at 5:45am with an hour of tennis.

• Tony Robbins spends his “Hour of Power” every morning with visualizations and motivational sayings.

My routine varies slightly, but regardless how early I get up (or not, I stretch if I don’t make time for a full exercise routine, write creation statements (these are powerful little sentences that frame your day and can be anything. Start with I am… or I have) check in with my kids, hug the dogs, drink water and eat.

I would love to hear from you. Please leave a comment below. What do you do to make your morning miraculous?

1 comment to Make Your Morning Miraculous

  • Elisa Pagnotti

    I’m up at 6:45am, pop a water with lemon in the microwave, while that is heating up I put on my workout clothes . At 700am I watch a bit of GMAIL and at 730am I head off to daily Mass where I give thanks to my God and go over anything that is on my mind with
    Him! Head home and do a 30 minute workout or yoga on Thursdays.
    By 930am I’m in the shower and ready to start my day feeling spiritually and physically charged!