Follow our 7-step mindful morning routine to begin each day with calm, thankful and purposeful thoughts.
At Life Attraction Planners we believe:
- Mornings are sacred.
- Each morning holds the promise of the day.
What you do with that promise is your choice.
The essence of morning is captured in this quote from Rumi (13th century Persian Poet) :
The morning wind spreads its fresh smell. We must get up and take that in, that wind that lets us live. Breathe before it’s gone.
Enjoy your mornings and make the most of your day!
Your New Mindful Morning Routine
All the steps in this routine help you begin your day mindfully.
However, we don’t want you think this is a “one size fits all” morning routine. Review the routine below and choose those activities that speak to you the most right now.
Don’t overthink this and try to plan every last detail. Choose a few of the tasks and implement them one at a time.
Here’s our 7-Step Guide to a mindful morning routine:
- Begin the night before
- Sleep well
- Start slow
- Visualize your day ahead
- Say your positive affirmations
- Give gratitude
- Review your goals
Let’s begin the night before …
Step 1 – Begin the Night Before
If you wake up unprepared for the day ahead then it is difficult find a place of calm and peace to begin your day.
The answer is to organize yourself the night before.
Tasks such as:
- Pack your work / school bag
- Lay out the clothes you’ll be wearing the next day
- Prepare the breakfast table
- Make notes of your most important work tasks tomorrow
Preparing ahead of time means you have more time for yourself in the morning and less pressure to organize things at the last minute.
Step 2 – Sleep Well
A good night’s sleep is a vital part of your overall well being.
Make sure you do whatever it takes to get the best night’s sleep possible.
This is not always easy if you have a young child to look after or have health challenges affecting sleep. You just need to know you did your best under the circumstances.
A good night’s sleep will set you in a refreshed state in the morning and in the best place mentally and physically to begin your day.
What can you do right now to improve your sleep? Make it part of your new mindful morning routine!
Step 3 – Start Slow
Jumping out of bed and rushing around at a break-neck pace is not necessary when you’ve planned your morning routine.
Choose to begin your day at a slower, purposeful pace.
Before you leave the comfort of your bed, consider the following mindfulness routine to appreciate the act of waking up.
- Relax and feel the weight of the sheets, the comfort of your pillow and the sensation of cloth on your skin. Enjoy the peace this gives.
- Gently stretch your body while still in bed. Feel your body loosening, be aware of how your body feels.
- Remember your dreams. Was there a message in your dreams you need to carry with you today?
A slow mindful start enables you to accept the day ahead.
Step 4 – Visualize Your Day Ahead
Positively visualize your day.
Whatever you must do; meetings, shopping, journeys, lesson, coffee, exercise – visualize every part of your day being a success.
Don’t give into negative thoughts about a tough meeting or not feeling like you want to go for your regular run.
See everything in a positive light. Set your intention to have a great day.
This attitude activates the Law of Attraction. If you set your mind to have a positive day, then you are more likely to experience positive things, see opportunities and enjoy special moments.
If you have a negative and closed attitude to the day, then the wonder, fun and beauty will pass you by.
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Step 5 – Say Your Positive Affirmations
To mindfully welcome the day, say positive affirmations to create the day and your life as you wish to see it.
You may already have some affirmations you say each day. Consider adding the following 3 affirmations:
- Today, I welcome calm into my life
- Today, I welcome love in every form
- Today, I welcome joy in all I do
These are simple reminders to yourself to embrace your day and life with calmness, love and joy.
You want to mindfully welcome your experience of the world. No matter how the day turns out, embrace the experience thoughtfully and with love.
We have some articles to help you create your own affirmations:
Step 6 – Give Gratitude
Giving gratitude and thanks for everything in your life helps you appreciate what you DO have rather than what you don’t.
A popular way to give gratitude daily is to write 3 -5 sentences each day in a gratitude journal. This is a simple lined journal (or you can use a diary) to write down what you’re grateful for each day.
For instance, you can give thanks for different people, experiences, work, relationships, education, spirituality, pets, nature, entertainment, exercise and much more in your life. There is much to be grateful for when you look around.
A journal is helps you keep a daily habit and when you review your comments over the previous weeks and months, you get to see how lucky you are.
The following article gives insight to having an “attitude of gratitude”.
Step 7 – Review Your Goals
When you are truly awake and have set your positive intent, you can review your list of goals for the day in an excellent frame of mind.
In Step 1 you made a list of your goals the night before.
Overnight, your subconscious mind goes to work to help you solve your problems and achieve your goals. Your creative subconscious mind is estimated to be 90% of your brain power.
When you’re asleep your subconscious mind is in a free state to make connections and imagine solutions to problems. What may have been a problem yesterday could be solved by the time you think about your goals the next morning.
Review everything you have ahead of you for the day and make a note of any new ideas you’ve had overnight.
We have a couple of articles to help your manifest your goals.
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Morning Routine List
Having a list of everything you need to do each morning is a big time saver.
The time you save reduces your stress and that’s going to be a good thing at the start of the day!
Three important parts of a morning routine list:
- Write your list the night before! The more you can think and plan the following day, the better placed you are to cope with last minute changes. You’re less likely to forget things tomorrow if you thought of them the night before.
- Put as many activities on “autopilot” as you can. This means you don’t have to think or try and find things for each item on the list. Clothes in the drawer, ready to be taken out (not still in the laundry basket). Breakfast bowls and tableware already on the table. All work papers neatly filed in your bag. Car keys always hanging on the same hook.
- Keep a routine. Get up at the same time each day. This alone puts you on track to have breakfast, send the kids to school and get to work on time. Be aware of the clock. Know how long each activity takes you and make enough time for each activity.
How to Practice Mindfulness in Daily Life
Here are 5 tips to practice mindfulness in daily life:
- Turn ordinary chores at home or work into mindful moments where you mindfully appreciate the activity and the benefits it brings to your life.
- Stop multitasking and concentrate on one task at a time.
- Be aware and curious of your thoughts. Avoid leaping to conclusions and think before speaking.
- Eat mindfully. Read our article on mindful eating.
- Take time for breathing exercises to slow down and break patterns of non-mindful behavior.
Morning Ritual Ideas
A ritual is defined by Cambridge dictionary as:
a set of fixed actions and sometimes words performed regularly, especially as part of a ceremony:
When you have a regular morning ritual that suits your personality in the morning, you look forward to each day with positive anticipation.
Here are 5 morning ritual ideas for you to consider:
- Take a cold shower to invigorate and wake you up.
- Write a “stream of consciousness” morning page – a few minutes of writing where you don’t think about what to write, you just write. Great for clearing your mind.
- Buy a selection of different teas or coffees and choose a different one each day. Notice and appreciate the differences between the blends.
- Choose a word to define the day ahead such as Happy, Determined, Playful. Use this word to influence your behavior for the whole day.
- Practice visualizing your day ahead. See each task, meeting and experience ahead of you as successful and fun to do.