For a number of reasons, first thing in the morning is the BEST time for you to build in some healthy rituals.
- You are starting the day afresh, it is a blank sheet, in terms of how you are feeling, so it’s the time that you can set your energy and vibration for the day. This means you will be in the best state to cope with whatever comes up for the rest of the day.
- You are more likely to get it done. As the day progresses, things crop up and you start to deplete your energy. “Eating the frog”, which means doing the most important task done first, means that the rest of the day gets easier.
- This is the time when “Kapha”, the heavier state in the body, is more dominant, so we balance this state by getting moving, and picking up our energy.
- We kickstart the metabolism, the digestion, and all the systems of the body. If you are trying to lose weight, it is especially useful to exercise on a “fasted stomach”, so moving before breakfast will be beneficial for this purpose.
- You get your energy flowing, boost your mood for the day, and it helps wake you up the day, more refreshed and with a positive attitude for the day.
What Would Be Included In A Miracle Morning?
Start the day with a positive thought – a mantra or affirmation for the day, such as:
- “Today is going to be a good day!”
- “I’m feeling lighter and brighter every day”
- “I CAN do this!”
- “I’m feeling full of energy and ready to set the day to magic!”
Link this to brushing the teeth when you awake up and it makes it easier to make it a habit
Write it on a post it note somewhere you can see it
While putting your clothes on, and getting yourself up, play a piece of music that you find uplifting
If you would like some inspiration, I have created this playlist which may have something you like. Just make sure it has a positive message, and even better, sing along to it.
This will help in raising your vibrational frequency, hence your energy and mood!
If you were to change one thing about your lifestyle to get your day off to a good start, and make physical and emotional changes, make it this.
You may choose just to move to a piece of music, your body instinctively knows what to do, so get dancing!
Metabolic workouts are especially beneficial for those needing to rebalance the systems of the body after a lifetime of dieting, or as the hormones start to change. They are short and sweet, and take only 7 minutes. Aim for 3 times a week for this.
Mindful Movement Snacks. These are great for busy days ahead, or if you struggle with anxiety, especially first thing.
They are also great for slowing down and becoming more mindful, getting to know your body, and putting the body into a state of balance.
Just because they aren’t fast and furious, don’t be fooled into thinking they are not effective. Just look at how strong Tai Chi practitioners are!
Slow and controlled is great for those people who are “tired but wired”.
Before the mind gets too busy, and to let everything settle and integrate after your movement, take a few minutes, either in quiet or accompanied by a gentle piece of music.
My favourites for this are:
The Power Is Here Now by Alexia Chellum
Diamonds In The Sun by Girish
I Am Light by India Arie
Make sure you are sitting (or laying) with the back straight, and where you can be comfortable. Observe your thoughts, try to imagine the day going as well as it can. Perhaps remind yourself of all the things you are grateful for.
A breathing meditation is ideal here. I would use 4-part breathing, Alternate Nostril breathing, or the Grounding breath, whichever one works for you.
If you have a tendency to wolf down your breakfast, now is the time to think differently.
You need to be relaxed when you eat. I cannot stress this enough. 😊
The secret is being prepared. Either make time for it to be a relaxed affair, or get it ready the night before, even take it with you to have when you can relax and sit down.
Try to focus just on that one thing – eating.
Making it mindful also means considering the quality of your breakfast. It is the most important time to get your nutrients in, but also if you get it wrong, you will be chasing your tail all day.
I have created 3 recipes to get you started. Think protein and fats, your amino acids, with fiber, and some greens, slow-releasing stuff that will keep you full for a long time.
You may need to be a detective about this, as to what works and what doesn’t for you. Eg, normal porridge oats don’t fill you for as long as a chia seed porridge perhaps?
The breakfast ideally should be quite liquid-y, so easier to digest, unless you are having a later brunch, which works well if you ate a larger meal late on the night before.
Wait until you are hungry to eat!