14 November 2015

Health & Wellness: Morning Rituals

Health & Wellness: Morning Rituals
Aah, the morning ritual. This is something that has actually taken me quite awhile to create a habit of. And no, I'm not talking about a routine of waking up, brushing your teeth, getting dressed and eating breakfast before you rush out the door. I'm talking about a morning ritual that you can benefit from. A ritual that will lead to a sense of calm and emotional grounding before you start your day. I've compiled a list of awesome rituals that you can try the next time you wake up. Let's get started, shall we?

Meditation is a great way to start the day. Taking time to put yourself in a calm mental state can help prepare you for whatever stress may come you way. Meditation doesn't mean you have to completely quiet your mind. It is more about letting your thoughts come and go. There are some great meditation videos that you can find here. These videos are also great for those who are new to meditation.

Seriously, just a cup of tea can do wonders. Maybe it is the ritual of heating the water, placing in the teabag and waiting for it to steep that can create a sense of calm. Or maybe it is the warm liquid that soothes the soul as we drink. Either way, a cup of tea can help you slow down a bit and enjoy the morning. Just make sure you keep all distractions at bay while enjoying your tea. You can check out my favourite tea latte recipe here.

This is something that I have been trying to do more - and most of the time it's in the evening. So, if you're able to start journaling in the morning I commend you! My friend Megan shared with me this amazing site that will send you ten minute writing prompts everyday. You can sign up for these daily writing prompt e-mails here.

Ah, I really can speak enough about yoga. It truly has become one of my favourite things to do. I may not do yoga for an hour each day (since I typically do an hour every Saturday morning) but doing a few yoga poses in the morning can really be beneficial. You can find a wonderful morning yoga video here.

Other beneficial rituals to add to your morning:
a cup of hot water and lemon, listening to music, avoiding electronic devices, taking time to say good morning to those around you, eating a healthy breakfast without distractions.

What are some of your morning rituals? And is there anything you think you might want to add to it?

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