I used to be the girl that would hate waking up! Slow morning? Yeah right!
My head was blurry. It felt like a nightmare to stand up. The first thought I had in my head waking up was, ‘Ugh! I wish I could sleep more!‘ During my studies, I was usually snoozing endlessly and getting ready as fast as possible to catch up on sleep. I was grabbing overnight oatmeal and a banana, getting to school to fill up my gigantic coffee mug and eating in class while half-listening to my teacher.
Before I knew it, I would be home, trying to take another nap. I almost always felt tired. I was eating on the go. I had nothing close to a mindful morning ritual.
Fast forward to now: I wake up naturally, not with an alarm but with the sun. I don’t need to snooze because I feel refreshed and SO EXCITED to start the day. I always smile first before anything else and then take 5 minutes to sit and massage my eyes to wake up. Since we sleep on the floor and I wake up before my boyfriend, I don’t have to undo the bed.
I head to the kettle and fill it with water. Then I’m off towards the bathroom to shower and put shea butter on my face and apply mascara before dressing up.
My next step is heading towards the bakery to grab fresh bread, then returning home to make an avocado toast or peanut butter and banana toast while sipping my beloved coffee. I sit and look out the window, taking time to eat, ponder the day and be in awe of how beautiful the river flows.
I practice positive thinking and delight myself with this space to just be in silence and slow down before my day truly begins. When I’m done, I set my workspace for the day, light my favorite candle and get to work with a clear head.
But it wasn’t always like this.
Until recently I still:
- had struggles not scrolling my phone first thing in the morning
- would stay in pyjamas until lunch
- would eat in front of a Youtube Video
- would start working before I was even done eating
Let me be clear: I currently work about 13 hours a day. I am what we would call ‘’busy’’. But I feel so full of energy and so calm and so on top of my game!
I love what I am doing and I can work quite a bit without feeling overwhelmed because I finally realized something:
The more slow moments you allow into your life, the more you feel like time is stretching instead of running away from you.
The slow moments become your anchor and you soon realize that you’re honoring your time with more alignment.
These new slow mornings have also had a tremendous impact on my business. I feel more clear in the morning, I get things done with more focus and I don’t get distracted by those annoying notifications.
How do you get started?
Trust me: going down the path of a conscious morning is not always an easy road. Our patterns can be quite resistant and hard to shift. The dopamine rush from the use of screens is so addictive and you need to cultivate your will in order to be persistent until you completely re-align.
Stop following what others do and start understanding what works for you.
My clients have had the greatest success with implementing new habits when we help them understand why they do what they do and provide them with ideas around what already exists, instead of imposing someone else’s ideal routine on to them.
Ask yourself: What do I really want to achieve?
- More calm & peace? Don’t try to wake up earlier. Start by resisting the urge to grab your phone for the first five (okay, 30) minutes after the alarm
- More wellness? Have essential oils or hand cream by your side and start the day by massaging yourself from the bed
- More education? Have your earphones ready and put on your favourite podcast as you wake up or read a chapter of your current inspiring book
- More confidence? Start the day with a smile and dance to your best motivational playlist!
- More yoga? Stretch your arms up towards the sky as you inhale, then do some neck exercises intuitively from the comfort of your own bed
- More health? Start the day with a glass of cold water with a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar
- More nature? Go out and take a short walk to your favorite bakery or park
- More ‘’me time’’? Set a timer for 10 minutes, find a space where you are alone and just ponder and listen inwards to how you feel and what you need today
See? Uncovering the path of our ideal morning is a work of art. Your work of art.
We need to start somewhere small. Somewhere that we can see our progress and feel accountable. We need to shift patterns by slightly challenging them and not forcing ourselves to get rid of them all at once but, rather, creating a small gap between the automatic reaction and the mindful response.
Be intentional and make the decision today that you deserve a morning that aligns with your greatest ambition.
Because you do deserve it.