Jump Start Your Day for Success


OMG, there are just some mornings where you don’t want to get out of bed, much less face a whole day, am I right? But having some morning rituals in place not only get you up and moving but will set up your day for success. I’ll admit it; I don’t do these every day, but when I do (and I do most of the time!), I find that my days are more successful, and I feel like I’m winning during the day.

So, here are my five morning rituals to help you jump start your day for success.

1.  Make your bed.
It’s so simple, but I can get such resistance about making my bed. When I do this ritual, though, I start to feel organized inside. It brings a feeling of order, and my nervous system relaxes. It’s one less thing to worry about when it’s time to jump into producing mode.

2.  Meditate.
Meditation doesn’t have to look like in the movies or yoga magazines. Many times, my meditation practice involves me sitting on the couch with a fuzzy blanket and connecting with my breath. As long as you’re sitting still, breathing, connecting to your breath and slowing down your mind, that’s meditation. Or you could also do a moving meditation.  Don’t let the word meditation scare you. Sit with yourself for 5-10 minutes of quiet time, and that’s all it has to be.

3.  Exercise.
I go to a yoga studio most days, but when I don’t have time, I find it’s just important to spend even ten minutes of movement so I get into my body. If you have time for a class or a walk around your neighborhood; great! Whatever it is, just get your body moving.

4.  Drink hot (or lukewarm) water.
When we wake up in the morning, we’re actually dehydrated. I leave a glass of water by my bed before I go to sleep so I can just drink it right away in the morning and get that hydration back rather than starting the day from lack.

5.  Journaling.
I do something called morning pages—before you make your bed, before you get up, just write whatever is on your mind. It doesn’t matter what; it’s just getting out what’s in your head. A lot of the time, I find what comes out is really negative thinking, so it’s good to get that out and out of your head. You’ll let go of all of that negativity and start the day more focused and positive.

This will take you about 25-30 minutes. How wonderful to spend the first half an hour of your day with yourself!

Your rituals don’t need to look like mine, but find what’s important to you so you can take that first half hour of the day for you. There are so many wonderful, powerful ways to start your day and prepare you for success. What are yours?

Take five minutes today to write down 5 rituals you could create for yourself tomorrow morning and do them and take note of how they feel. Let me know what you choose as your morning rituals!

Jeanne Verger