Do you have a Morning Routine?
How are you going to take time out of your fixed schedule of waking up, going to work, sitting at your desk all day, and then driving back home to relax on your couch, binging on your favorite show?
Maybe that’s your entire routine, at least on weekdays. We often struggle to get up early or are too lazy to roll out our mat.
They say, morning sets the tone for the rest of the day! But for most of us, our mornings set us up to be a lazy and unmotivated individual, who would rather keep things as they are than give up comfort. It might not sound very harsh but the long-term repercussions on your mind and body can definitely take its toll.
Sooner or later, your health, your psyche and your very constitution may be at risk.
An Ayurveda inspired morning routine! The traditional Morning Routine in Ayurveda can take up to 3 hours. It includes things like tongue scraping, dry brushing, self-massage, a lot of oil and herbs. But you don’t need to do it all. Just churn out a few minutes of your life to establish a change in mind, body, and consciousness.
What’s more is that the proposed routine will also regularize your personal biological clock, aiding in absorption, digestion, and assimilation.
Define your priorities
The 3 most important elements of an effective morning routine are Elimination, Movement, and Meditation.
Elimination: According to Ayurvedic principles, it is preferable to evacuate the bowels in the morning. If during the day, we carry around the waste material we created at night, we may absorb some of that toxins back into our system. This can weaken our immunity and leaves us feeling fatigued, drowsy, and irritable.
Movement: Your body needs to experience some kind of movement to establish the connection between mind and body. This movement can be anything – from going for a walk, yoga, or simple stretching.
Meditation: The benefits of meditation are proven facts, something that cannot be ignored anymore. Regular meditation will aid in increasing your ability to focus, enhance positivity and your sense of happiness while decreasing stress. So, just sit down, set your timer, close your eyes, and breathe.
Guidelines to develop your new routine
Balance your activities over time. You need to set a realistic routine that you can follow for real. So, make sure to balance your time with the activities you want to accomplish. Start small and then move on to add more stuff once you get a better idea of time management. This will also help you grasp a sense of discipline that is imperative to any successful effort.
Always plan ahead. A set morning routine will also aid you to gain free time in the morning. If you don’t plan, you will probably experience a hectic start to the day. You can always utilize that free time to do other productive stuff.
Stay motivated, otherwise, you will just choose to fall back in bed.
Experiment, as finding the right routine that suits you might take some time. So, feel free to try out different things until you find the right combination of activities that work for you.
Disconnect with the outside world. Avoiding social media or other distractions will help you reach a state of calmness. Go for a walk, leave your mobile behind. Just enjoy and reconnect with nature, the other things can wait for a while
Here’s a morning routine you can refer to:
- Wake up early.
- Clean your tongue, brush your teeth and wash your face (here is the link to a tongue scraper).
- Drink warm lemon water.
- Eliminate wastes – empty your bladder and bowel.
- Move – do a 15-minute yoga practice or go for a walk.
- Meditate for a few minutes.
- Jot down your feelings or 3 things you are grateful for.
- Prepare a healthy and light breakfast, take your time, sit down and enjoy it.
Remember, consistency is crucial. The more you practice your routine, the easier will it become to maintain the habits. Over time, you will become habituated and willingly follow the routine.
If you want to lead a healthy and balanced life, having a morning ritual is absolutely necessary. A daily routine helps us to identify our imbalances and understand our feeling. It’s crucial that you cultivate and dedicate this time only for yourself and start each day with the right intention. When you already know how the first few minutes of your day will pan out, you can leave feeling empowered and face the rest of your day with a resolute state of mind. There starts your path to serenity.