• Nadja Eriksson

These six things make up my morning routine

Updated: Jul 24, 2019

The world’s most successful people swear by their morning routines. There’s power in daily practice. A rhythm sets the tone for your day, gets you grounded and focused. Without my morning routine, I feel like something is missing, and I feel a little off. All it takes to establish yours is to decide what feels good for you and then implement it for 60 days to form a new habit.

Here’s some inspiration from my daily rhythm:

1. A great day starts the night before. Decide on a regular sleep and waking time (e.g. 22-6 or 23-7) and stick to this schedule as much as possible (even during the weekends). Wind down an hour before bedtime, switch off your devices and get ready for bed. Read a relaxing book or write a few pages in your journal. Make some tea or warm milk, or give yourself a foot massage. Plan your goals and tasks for the next day in writing, so you don’t have to fret over that when your head hits the pillow.

2. No snoozing. Get up as soon as your alarm goes off. You'll only feel more groggy when you snooze. Not waking up is like saying no to your day. According to Ayurveda, 7am should be the absolute latest time to get out of bed, so you can harvest the benefits of the fresh Vata energy of the morning.

3. Stay in silence. Keep your phone and computer off. This one is important. Your mind is still fresh and new, so instead of checking the news and Instagram as soon as you wake up and getting depressed, turn your focus to the things that matter most-yourself and your own inner connection.

4. Pray and surrender. I make it a point to connect with Spirit and my Big She as soon as I wake up, before the world bombards me with overwhelming messages. I set an intention to surrender to higher power and to be used as an instrument. I like this prayer from A Course In Miracles: “Where would you have me go, what would you have me do, what would you have me say, and to whom?”

5. Mediate. I do this as soon as I wake up (or sometimes after my workout, depending on my mood of the day). I make tea and I go to my sacred space, where I sit down to meditate for 20 minutes. You don’t have to be an expert meditator to try it for yourself. Here’s a simple mindfulness meditation you can try today: set the timer on your phone (keep it on airplane mode), sit upright in a comfortable position and focus your attention on your breathing. When thoughts arise, just notice them and return to your breath until the alarm goes off.

6. Move your body. Moving the energy in the morning is so important to come alive and feel invigorated for a new day. I either practice yoga, go for a walk in the sun, or get to the gym for some heavier routines, depending on what my body is asking for that day. If you don’t like yoga or gyms, try dancing, hiking, or going for a run. The point is to feel your body come alive and get new energy for the day.

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