How you start your morning sets the tone for your whole day.
Do you start it in tune with your heart, connected to your body and in line with your life purpose? Or do you drag getting out of bed, quickly grab a coffee to have energy, start checking your emails and rush to work?
My mornings are my sacred time. They are for me. I become my priority and nothing else matters. Because I’ve learnt that if I take care of myself in the morning I’ll have much more energy and strength throughout the day to create and contribute.
Over the years I found my own routine that prepares my mind, body and soul for the day. And not just any day – a super freaking awesome day!
Here are my 10 habits I try to maintain every day.
1. Oil Pulling
This is the very first thing I do in the morning.
Our body releases toxins during the night. And they especially cumulate in your mouth (hence the not-so-fresh feeling in your mouth or the white layer on your tongue when you wake up).
This is why it’s very important that before you eat or drink anything, you do oil pulling. Otherwise, you’ll be getting all those toxins back into your body. (Gross!)
Oil pulling is a tradition Ayurvedic practice and it’s recommended as an effective alternative to brushing your teeth. It’s actually more effective at getting all the bacteria and toxins out of your mouth. Another reason why you might want to switch from your toothpaste to coconut oil is that most toothpastes contain fluoride, which in many countries is considered a poison. Fluoride calcifies your pineal gland (this is a physical representation of your Third Eye in your body), which is our connection to the Divine and Higher Intuition. So if you’re working on strengthening your psychic abilities ditching your toothpaste is a must.
So how do you do oil pulling? Simply put a tablespoon of oil (I prefer coconut oil) in your mouth and swish it around for 15-30 minutes. Do not swallow! It contains all those toxins and bacteria so make sure you spit it out. Then wash your mouth with warm water and you’re done!
2. Drink water with lemon or apple cider vinegar
Now that you cleaned your mouth from toxics, you can drink!
During the night we get quite dehydrated so drinking water in the morning is important for keeping our body energised and functioning well.
For extra benefits, add fresh lemon juice or a tablespoon of organic apple cider vinegar to your glass. This will boost your metabolism and help detoxify your body.
I am currently trying this mixture: water+lemon+fresh parsley (all blended together). You continue drinking it on empty stomach for 5 days, after which you take a break for at least 10 days. Parsley has tons of health benefits and it further helps get the toxins out of your body.
Meditation has countless benefits for our mind, body and soul. I meditate to feel more focused and calm.
The benefit of meditating in the morning is that it’s so much easier! Here is why:
During sleep we enter Theta and Delta brainwaves. This is a very deep and relaxed state of mind. By the time you’re juggling all your “to-dos” you will get to your Beta state – the active state of your mind. And then there is Alpha, in between Beta and Theta. This is the state of your mind when you relax (or meditate).
In the morning you are already in your Alpha, so it will be much easier to go deeper into your meditation and stay there without distraction. Alpha state is actually a much healthier state for your brain that Beta. This is how you sharpen your mind. This is how you strengthen it. And rest it. And this is why you want to take advantage of your mornings to spend some time taking care of your mind.
I find 20-40 min to be perfect. Any less than that and I just don’t feel the benefits. And any more – I start getting distracted.
Find the time that works best for you.
4. Send love to yourself
Before you finish your meditation, do a little visualisation exercise: send unconditional love to yourself.
With your Third Eye (using your imagination) see the gold, white or pink light entering your whole body. See it flow thru you and around you.
Some researchers have proven that if we send loving energy towards water or food, they will stay fresh for much longer. Ignoring or angry energy, on the other hand, makes them go off and rot.
5. Set intention for the day
And lastly, while you’re still in your Alpha state, set an intention for your day.
What would you like to happen? How would you like to grow? How would you like to feel? This your time to make requests to the Universe :).
If there is anything during the day that makes you feel uneasy, imagine this situation and play in it your mind as you would like it to go.
6. Move that body!
Now that you prepared your mind for the day, let’s prepare your body.
Morning is a great time to exercise. There are many benefits to exercising in the morning, and even on empty stomach (yes!).
What you do, is your choice. You can go for a full 1-hour session in your gym, run, or do yoga. I have recently started doing 15-30 min of HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training).
And if exercising seems too much, or on a particular day or you just really don’t feel like it, then do 15-20 min of stretching. Stretching is awesome for our muscles and joints, and it opens our meridians (“energy highways” in your body), so you feel more energised and agile.
Now it’s time to get that sweat off with a cool shower!
I personally never leave house without taking a shower. Remember that our body releases toxins during the night? Just as they cumulate in your mouth, they are also concentrated on your skin, so you want to make sure you’re getting them off your body. Otherwise you will be absorbing them back thru your skin.
I like to take a cool shower or alternate between cold and warm water. This is great for improving circulation, which has tons of benefits: more oxygen gets to your cells, you release toxins faster, your skin gets toned, your breasts and butt become firmer, and you fight cellulite.
While you’re in a shower, why not treat yourself to a nice body scrub, a hair and face mask? Check out our article on how to create a home spa for ideas.
We are always in rush which makes us miss little moments that could be filled with pleasure. Applying body cream is definitely such a moment.
We dry our skin with a towel, rubbing it and rushing with no sense of self-love. And then we do the same when applying lotion.
I invite you to change this small part of your daily routine into a mind blowing experience!
Rather then rubbing your towel, gently dry your skin as if it was the most precious thing.
Then take a lotion (or oil), lie on your bed and apply it all over your body while massaging it. Be very gently, soft, slow, and sensual! Allow your body to move while you do it. Arch your back, turn to sides, let your head tilt.
To make it an even more pleasurable experience, light candles and incense, play a nice music, and spray some nice essential oils (rose or geranium will be perfect – just make sure to dilute them before use).
9. Breakfast for your body (and not your ego)
I’m sure you’re hungry by now, so go ahead and prepare something nutritious for your body. I personally don’t follow any particular diet. I don’t believe in being vegan, gluten-intolerant, eliminating carbs or fasting. I believe in listening to your body.
Your body knows perfectly what it needs and it communicates with you. As long as we are listening to our body and honouring its wishes, we will always have the perfect, healthy body. Putting weight is no more than a symptom we got out of tune with our own bodies.
And hey, don’t worry, we all do it! I catch myself quite often following my mind rather than my body when it comes to choosing food. But just be aware of it, and whenever you realize that you stopped following your body, just close your eyes, and ask it what it wants. With practice you will easily recognise your body’s needs. And that means choosing the right foods as well as eating at the right time. Look, nobody said you have to eat 3 (or 5) meals a day. Or even that you should have breakfast. You should only eat when you’re hungry.
10. Read/watch something for your own personal growth
How often do you hear people say they’d love to study more but they don’t have time?
So before you jump into the hassle of the day, spend 30 min reading a book, listening to the audio or watching a video on anything related to personal growth. This habit will ensure your continuous progress and growth.
Just 30 min a day allow me to consume huge quantities of books, programs and audiobooks!
As you noticed, nowhere did I suggested you drank coffee or started checking your emails :)
In fact, I would suggest you ditched all those unhealthy energy-boosters and focus on your health and wellbeing so you can always feel energized. And please do not start any work unless you finish all 10 steps.
I know it might feel hard at first, especially if you’re used to rushing in the morning.
Slowly, start waking up earlier and earlier until you finally have enough time so you can easily do everything without stressing out over being late to work. Trust me, it’s so so worth it!
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