Starting your day with intention is the sweetest way to stay grounded throughout the rest of your day. When you need a sense of calm and stillness, you can reflect back to your morning rituals, giving you the strength you need.
Self-care is essential in a world that is so incredibly busy. The morning is meant for peace, spiritual development, and connecting to your core. This post is meant to help you create a morning ritual that works for you.
"Peace starts on the inside."
A holistic + grounding morning ritual framework
A morning ritual is a sweet time to do a few things for yourself before embarking on with your responsibilities of the day. Although every morning ritual looks different, this is the framework I suggest.
1) Dedicated timeframe
I need about 30 minutes to wake up and center myself. Depending on what's part of your morning ritual, it can be anywhere from 10 minutes to 2 hours! It truly depends on what you need and what feels right.
Find out how much time you need with yourself every morning and make a commitment to yourself.
2) Conscious consumption
A part of my morning ritual is some sort of tea, whether it's lemon water or ACV + water. I like to give my digestion a little boost in the morning before eating any food. I also try to choose food that keeps my complexion glowing and bright while also keeping me healthy. Be conscious of what you're putting in and on your body. Connect with your body and do what feels right.
Conscious consumption also means the media, content, and information. Refrain from reading the paper or checking up on world news in the morning. What's going on out there is not as important right now as centering yourself in the present moment. The emails, Facebook, and messages can wait.
"Eat food, mostly plants, not too much." - Michael Pollan
Lastly, making a conscious effort to breathe deeply is huge. Stretching, yoga, and aromatherapy can help with connecting your mind, body, and spirit.
7 ideas you can try today
Here are 7 different ideas you can try in your morning ritual today! Remember that every morning can look different, depending on the season, how you feel, and what your body needs.
Drink lemon water or ginger tea
Lemon water is a great way to get your digestive system going. The lemon is great to detoxing your liver and boasts a nice amount of vitamin C as well. Mix in a little coconut oil and you've got a plant-powered elixir. If lemon doesn't suit you, or you don't have any, make some ginger tea with fresh ginger root.
Ginger tea is a Traditional Chinese Medicine favorite and is used to strengthen digestion. Also helping with circulation, ginger tea is great for those fall and winter months where you may be a little chilly in your feet and hands.
Pull an oracle card + take notes
Another favorite morning ritual of mine is pulling an oracle or goddess card. I have these oracle cards and these Goddess cards. Getting a little guidance in the morning by tapping into my intuition brings me closer to myself. I take notes about what stands out the most about the readings and use that as a way to anchor myself in the day.
Elizabeth Peru is another amazing spiritual guide. I read her Daily Tip Off every day in an effort to tap into cosmic weather. You'd be surprised how accurate it is.
Make a plant-empowered smoothie
Smoothies are an easy way to add more plants to your diet. Although they aren't always my favorite, especially in winter months, they can be fun for trying out different flavors and combinations while getting lots of nutrients for yo' body. I like to add green powder to increase the antioxidants and iodine, which helps protect your thyroid.
Create a protein-filled morning meal
If I don't make a smoothie, or I'm still hungry, I'll make a nourish bowl. I'm not an oatmeal, steel cut oats kinda lady, so more savory dishes are better for me. Throwing together quinoa, potatoes, beans, greens, sauerkraut, tomatoes... pretty much anything in the fridge, then topping with a handmade lemon mustard sauce. Yum. Nourish bowls are super easy to make, too!
Once my body is filled with all the good stuff, I'll take my supplements. As someone who eats a mostly plant powered diet, I do eat a large range of nutrients, but supplement for a few things like a plant-based multivitamin, vitamin D for PNW living, and zinc.
Make time for yoga + stretching
We all know moving our body is amazing for us. Yoga is great for releasing tension and emotions that are built up in the body. It's also a great way to make space for yourself on the mat, knowing that it always has your back. Yoga is very personal and healing. Adding it to my morning ritual when I can always leaves me feeling more energized and positive about the day moving forward. If I don't have time for yoga, I try to at least stretch my body in the morning and throughout the day. Yoga with Adriene is my favorite online yoga teacher.
Do an oil pull
A fun morning ritual is oil pulling. It's not necessary every single day, but it's good right before you brush your teeth. Oil pulling is an Ayurvedic practice that is said to pull toxins out of your mouth - and your body - through swishing sesame, or another plant-based oil, through your mouth and around your teeth. I enjoy it for the time it allows me to be silent :)
As you can see, there are quite a few things you can do to create your morning ritual. Some I do every day, some I switch off, and some only feel good to do during specific seasons. Creating a morning ritual that works for you is a lovely way to connect with your personal energy and fuel up with good vibes to stretch into your day.
What does your morning ritual look like? Leave me a comment below or tweet me!
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