Have you ever noticed how a minor annoyance in the morning can quickly derail your entire day? That’s why it’s so important to have a peaceful morning that sets you in the right mindset for the day. Creating morning rituals can help you achieve this.
When it comes to morning rituals, you don’t have to have a three-hour routine. In fact, if 15 minutes is all you have in the morning, that’s fine. In those 15 minutes, do something that will empower you for the rest of the day.
Once you start reaping the benefits, you’ll naturally become more intentional about your morning rituals.
I’ve already written a few blogs about the morning habits you should incorporate in your routine. So, instead of repeating the same stuff, here are 11 new morning rituals for you!
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Morning Rituals For Success & Productivity
1. Express Gratitude
No matter how cliche it sounds, practicing gratitude always works wonders. And what better way to start the day than to be grateful that you woke up today?
Concentrate on your feelings of gratitude whether you use a notebook or make a mental list of things you’re thankful for.
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2. Cold Showers
While most of you would enjoy a soothing warm shower in the morning, it’s better to opt for cold showers.
Studies have shown that cold showers are good for your skin, boost your metabolism, and improve your overall health. Apart from the physical benefits, cold showers also help in reducing anxiety.
3. Set Your Intention For The Day
Make a plan for how you want your day to unfold. What are you concentrating on? It could be a career goal you’re pursuing or a personal trait you want to be more intentional about.
This way, you’ll know exactly what you need to focus on today. Rather than starting the day with no idea.
We frequently allow days to pass without truly asking ourselves what we want from them. This leaves us feeling empty and unmotivated.
4. One Question
In one of his interviews, Steve Jobs stated that the secret to his success was this one question he used to ask himself every morning for 30 years, “If today was your last day, what would you want to do today?”
Ask yourself this question, and if something comes to mind, go do it. You don’t have to wait until your last days to finish these tasks.
5. Silent Morning Rituals
Get up a little earlier and enjoy the peace. Grab a cup of tea and sit on your balcony to contemplate your thoughts.
You are constantly consuming information all day. So, it’s important to set aside some time in the morning to sit with your thoughts. Practice mindfulness. Enjoy your own company for a while.
Include everything in your morning ritual that puts you in a good mood. Music does that for most people. Put on a hearty playlist. Groove to those songs if you want to.
You can also listen to a podcast episode to get a boost of motivation. I love listening to Rob Dial’s Mindset Mentor Podcast in the morning.
7. Get Ready
Even if you work from home, make an effort to get ready. Get out of your pajamas and wear nice clothes. Put on makeup if you want to.
This small effort of dressing up makes you feel more active and confident. It puts you in the ‘go getter’ mode, which is much harder to achieve while still wearing your pjs.
8. Practice Affirmations In Your Morning Rituals
Affirmations are just positive statements that you repeat to yourself to store in your subconscious mind. They usually start with ‘I am . . (whatever you want to tell yourself)’
Create and repeat affirmations that speak to you. Don’t just use some preformatted ones that you don’t even resemble with.
Here’s a post to help you create affirmations that speak to you!
Our minds are more focused in the morning. Use this time to learn new things and feed your curiosity. Or pick up a hobby. Even if it’s only for ten minutes.
I know it’s unusual because the first thing we usually do in the morning is work (mostly for jobs that we absolutely hate). Which is why it’s even more important.
Spending time in the morning doing things you enjoy would inspire you. You’d start focusing on more such things throughout the day, and the more you focus on it, the more of it you’ll attract.
10. Morning Ritual To Visualize
Close your eyes. Think about your dream life (or some goal). Focus on every little detail. This is known as the visualization process.
It reminds you of your goals, motivates you, puts you in a good mood, signals your brain to attract similar opportunities, and normalizes your dreams.
You can also visualize your day. It can be hard in the beginning, but as with anything, it gets better with practice.
11. Create A Morning Ritual To Smile More
How can you begin a positive day if you don’t smile? It’s a new day and a new chance to start over. And a smile would cost nothing.
Smile while writing your gratitude list. While greeting everyone in the morning. Smile at your own reflection in the mirror.
What Morning Rituals Would You Add In Your Routine?
Comment below with the things you’d like to incorporate as your morning ritual. Again, if you’re just starting out, start small. And eventually work your way up.