It’s time to take back your morning.
Does your morning routine look more like a race against the clock and survival of the fittest?
- Alarm goes off
- You drag yourself out of bed
- Jump in the shower
- Skip breakfast and rush out of the house into traffic (barely making it to work on time)
If this is sounds like your routine, you are not alone.
This stress-filled morning fills your body with an early dose of stress hormones that push your entire physiology into the sympathetic neurological state of Fight or Flight; then sadly, many of us spend the rest of your day in this state.
KEY: Get up earlier
“Before you master your life, you must first master your day. Before you master your day, you must first master your morning. Before you master your morning, you must first master yourself. In order to make time for morning rituals, you must get up earlier.” – Dr. CJ Mertz
- Create the time
- Wake-up earlier – now that you’re going to bed earlier, it’s easier to wake-up earlier
- Start your day with some time for yourself
- Create a daily, non-negotiable routine that will serve you
Get into a groove. Create a compelling reason to get out of bed. Read, stretch, walk the dog, pray, workout, surf, meditate, run, or journal. Keep it relaxed, inspiring and fulfilling. Enjoy something that you’ve been missing because you ‘don’t have the time’. Create the time. Do something that connects you with your bigger purpose.
Routines are the things that you have to do; rituals are the things that you get to do.A best practice for ensuring an enriching start to your day is to allow 20-30 minutes for yourself. Determine how long it takes for you to shower, dress and eat a nutritious breakfast and add this additional time for your morning rituals.
Utilize the 21 Day Rule to click back the alarm clock for an earlier morning wake-up. A new vital behavior involves the same 15 minute increment – set your alarm for a 15 minute earlier wake-up every three days for 21 days in a row. Repeat this until you have achieved your target time.
Every day you get to decide if you will start rushed, anxious and stressed or relaxed, connected and inspired. Earlier mornings start the night before with earlier bed times. Get your 7+ hours, maximize your sleep cycles and design a morning that gets you up and at it before the alarm clock ever rings.