The Power of a Morning Ritual
While winding down before bedtime may feel like the most appropriate timing, I beg to differ. Taking time in the morning — yes, among your crazy schedule and need to get out of the house at the speed of light — can be a gamechanger in the “flow” of your entire day.
Just like when we wake up late, everything that follows in the day seems to be a bit of a frenzy: you miss the bus, forget your lunch, have a go at your friend, etc. — things just seem to go less than smooth, to say the least.
Now think about the space and energy you’re creating and allowing for when you take that extra moment of pause in the morning. Precious time to breathe, get centred, and step into the intention you aim to set for your day — even if that’s just being a little more grounded, focused, and present. It can be an incredible way to elevate your productivity — or, dare we say, “flow” for the rest of your day.
What might this look like? Natalie Matias, mindfulness teacher & wellness advocate, reminds us that it doesn’t have to be anything fancy or too time-consuming. In fact, on super busy days, it might simply be taking an extra two minutes to meditate in silence — whether that’s in bed or anywhere else before you go about your busy schedule. Ideally, you may want to consider working your way up to five to 10 solid minutes to sit in silence each morning upon rising. Start to think of it like an essential task: getting dressed, brushing your teeth, and practicing your mindfulness ritual.
Of course, if silent meditation isn’t your thang, then taking some deep mindful breaths to your musical sounds of choice is always a great option. Other options include journalling, positive self-talk (in front of a mirror is best!), or maybe some slow conscious stretching or movement of choice in a sacred space you feel safe and never rushed.
You may think you’ll miss those extra few minutes in the morning where you could be rushing into your day’s never-ending to-do list, but you’ll likely find that sparing the time in advance saves you in the long run. For more tips & advice on this topic, check out my interview with Natalie Matias herself on our latest conscious convos IGTV.
By: Kiki Athanas, Wellness Expert & Educator @ MEbyKiki.com