When you decide to make the most of your mornings, you’re actively deciding to make the most of your life. These three morning rituals help me wake up on the brighter side of bed and carry over that positive energy into my day. After all, a good life is a collection of good
“Every morning is a new page in the story of your life. You are creating your life at every moment. Think wisely about the day you want to create for yourself.” – Jennifer Young
Rise early or late–I’m not going to preach on behalf of either–there are lots of ways to experience a good morning.
There are things I try to do every morning (though I’m human and some mornings are easier than others) to feel happier, more awake, more alive, and more in tune with what’s important to me.
What a gift, this morning is.
Every morning, we have a choice to wake up with the sun, to rise up and start fresh with new opportunities on the horizon. We’re blessed with the joyous task of uncovering the treasures that this new chance promises–yes, it’s meant to be a joyous endeavor.
Every morning is a little birth, a little death, and all life.
Since getting better sleep is associated with having a better morning, and I LOVE my sleep and rested mornings, here are three tried-and-true morning rituals that help me smile.
Whether you’re an early bird or a night owl, the following morning rituals apply, as they can be done regardless of what the clock says.
3 Healthy, Happy Morning Rituals to Soothe Your Soul
1. Be with yourself.
Instead of instinctively reaching for your phone when you open your eyes, try making some space for yourself to be with yourself.
Take your time to brush your teeth, make your bed, get out of bed, pour a cup of hot lemon water or tea or coffee, listen to the sounds of the morning, listen to the silence, think a happy thought, write down a positive thought… before diving into social media, emails, news, and updates.
Rise with intention in your heart and purpose in your bones… before attaching yourself to someone else’s opinions, perspectives, and goals.
Ask yourself: “What meaning can I give this day? What will I manifest today? How can I be a light in the world?”
Life is much bigger than this one moment, but, somehow, all of life is encapsulated in this moment.
Make the most of this moment, and of this morning, with excitement and gratitude for this new opportunity to live a life that’s meaningful to you.
After a long night’s sleep, a gentle stretch can help wake up your muscles and your mind. A light stretch can get the blood moving, relieve tension, improve flexibility, and ease anxious tendencies. A few simple stretches can go a long way when it comes to having a good day.
A Harvard psychologist advocates the early-morning power of making yourself huge–stand tall, stretch your arms wide, and make yourself feel big, literally and figuratively.
The reasoning behind this stems from the knowledge that not only does behavior follow emotion, but emotion also follows behavior. In other words, we do certain things because we feel good, and we feel good because we do certain things. Simply stretching yourself can spark positive changes in your outlook.
You don’t need to force yourself into stretching for a set time. Even when I’m short on time, I squeeze in one or two arm or leg stretches before I leave the house, and it makes a difference. Stretching is a very physical reminder that I can make space within myself to enjoy more, to love more, to feel more, and to give more.
Make space inside.
3. Smile at yourself.
This started out being one of the oddest and most difficult morning rituals for me. Smiling at yourself can feel (and look) strange at first, but a good morning smile holds the power to transform everything. It’s an act of self-care, goodwill, courage, and hope.
Smiling makes you attractive, changes your mood, relieves stress, helps you stay young at heart, and nourishes a positive outlook on life.
There’s something hopeful about seeing a happy face reflecting back at you first thing in the morning.
A genuine smile–even just the hint of a smile–harnesses your ability to talk to the bigger part of yourself. It’s a morning validation of sorts. You’re checking in with your innermost truth. Ultimately, you’re supporting this lifelong relationship that you share with yourself, and I think that’s pretty important.
You might be surprised by the positive thoughts this exercise inspires… or maybe you won’t be surprised at all. When you say hello to that deeper part of yourself, you thoroughly enrich your experience here on earth. You infuse your morning–and your day, and your life–with more gratitude for being alive in your own skin.
Smiling at yourself connects you to this new opportunity to be grateful for another morning, awake and alive. Even if you have to fake it in the beginning, you probably won’t be faking it for long…
- Do you practice any of these morning rituals?
- What’s one thing you can start doing in the morning that could change your entire day?
Share these morning rituals with someone who would enjoy them.
Enjoy this new morning, this fresh moment, like it was a gift from life itself, because that’s exactly what it is.
Free graphic by Lisa Glanz; lettering by Aim Happy.