You probably already have a morning routine, where you get up, clean up, get ready for the day and head out the door. What you may be missing is a morning ritual, or something you do to set the stage for the day and start yourself off on a positive note. Here's what we mean.
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The blog Pick the Brain offers three simple reasons why a morning ritual — or something you do every morning not because you have to in line with a certain chain of events, but because you want to do it — is essential, and will vastly improve your mornings:
- A morning ritual lets you start the day on a proactive, "I did something good for me today," note, rather than a reactive, "What do I have to deal with today?" note. It's a simple mind shift, but super empowering when you realise that before you even left the house, you've done something good, crossed an item off your to-do list and practised a little self-care.
- A ritual you choose lets you manage your emotions, or do something as healthy as look at something that makes you happy, think about the things you're grateful for or enjoy something that brings you joy. Like the previous point, it lets you do something good and feel good about it, rather than being subject to whatever comes your way.
- Morning rituals let you combine your most powerful habits together. Maybe it's a little exercise and a healthy breakfast, along with a little gratitude journaling, or maybe it's just some light stretches and deep breathing. Whatever you want to make a habit, turning it — or they — into a morning ritual can be immensely helpful.
For more detail on each of these points, along with suggestions, hit the link below. If you're looking to start your own morning ritual, now is a great time to do it, and as long as it's something you can make time for and makes you feel great, odds are it's a habit you'll enjoy building.
3 Little-Known Reasons Morning Rituals are Freaking Awesome [Pick the Brain]