How to add magic to your morning routine

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If you’re looking to take better care of yourself (mind, body, and spirit) the morning is the best time to do to this.

Firstly, who wants to do anything after a long day of work.

Secondly, what if I told you that all you needed was 15 minutes in the morning and you could make significant improvements to your mental and physical health.

The way you start your day sets the tone for your day.

Self-care coach, Elena Lipson writes in her blog for Tiny Buddha about her successful "Magic Morning Mindset" which she claims prepares you to be calmer, more joyful, more connected to yourself, and better able to voice your needs.

By prioritising self-care and putting it at the top of your to-do list, you’re telling yourself that your needs matter.

The MAGIC Morning Mindset

M – Movement
A – Alignment
G – Gratitude
I – Intuition (or Intention)
C – Connection

How Can You Start?

1. First, set the intention behind your Magic Morning Mindset.

2. If you have a hard time waking up, commit to going to bed a bit earlier (even fifteen to twenty minutes will make a difference)

3. Decide what you want to do for your mind, body, and soul (you can find some ideas below).

4. Set yourself up for success - if you want to lose weight - remove garbage food from your cupboards 0r lay out a yoga mat the night before.

6. Notice how you feel throughout the day after doing the Magic Morning Mindset practice.

Some ideas on each topic

Mind

  • Journal your thoughts, understand how you feel throughout the day.
  • Write down your dreams.
  • Write ten to fifteen personal mantras.
  • Write any thoughts or ideas floating around in your mind until you feel lighter.
  • Journal about anything that you notice while doing these practices so that you can reflect on your journey as you go - this improves your self-awareness.

Body

  • Do some push-ups, abs crunches and jumping jacks and kick start your day.
  • Put on your favourite song and dance.
  • Do three to five yoga sun salutations.
  • Stretch and improve your flexibility.
  • Journal about anything that comes up while doing these practices so that you can reflect on your journey as you go.

Spirit

  • Sit quietly for three to five minutes just noticing your breathing.
  • listen to a guided meditation.
  • Meditate any way that feels good to you (walking, sitting, running).
  • Journal about anything that comes up while doing these practices so that you can reflect on your journey as you go.

Don't confine yourself to only 15 minutes for your morning practice. Over time you might find that you need/want to spend more time on your morning practice.

As long as you are showing up for yourself in some meaningful way each morning, you are giving importance to your well-being.

Make this practice your own and notice the changes in your life as you prioritize your own needs and get you back on the top of your to-do list.

For more on this topic read Elena's insightful blog here on Tiny Budda.

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