It’s Friday again and I’ve managed to pull another blog post out the bag! That’s going on my list of achievements.
So today, I wanted to outline the new practices I have started using as part as my morning routine, to encourage mindfulness. This basic schedule begins when I wake up in the morning to about midday.
Please bare in mind that I am not a morning person and I don’t start most days until 10am. So please, if you are a morning person or have to get up at an earlier time, just move the schedule forward by how many hours suits you.
Let’s get started!
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9.00 My lovely, soft morning alarm wakes me up.
I can’t get out of bed straight away, but I take my eye mask off, sit up a little and take some big sips of water.
This is important, you should start everyday by drinking water. It helps to kickstart your metabolism and gets your body ready for the day ahead. I can’t recommend this enough.
9.15 By this time, I have finally dragged myself out of bed and made my way downstairs.
Now, I know everyone’s morning routine is slightly different, but I always start with breakfast.
If this seems absurd to you and completely out of the realms of your usual routine, don’t worry. I am going to recap all the activities for mindfulness in this article right at the very end. You can rearrange them into whichever order suits you best.
My usual breakfast consists of crunchy peanut butter on wholemeal toast. I’m not really sure if this is the best way to kickstart the day but it suits me fine.
Occasionally, I will swap this out for porridge or strawberry Alpro yoghurt.
9.30 By now it’s time for my morning coffee.
I’ve recently been indulging in a vegan mocha creation of mine. But I do like to mix it up and have different hot drinks.
I spend this time to be more mindful and aware of all my senses. Using a certain habit or activity to remind yourself to be more mindful is a great practice.
I will smell the coffee and try to describe the aroma to myself. I will feel the warmth of the mug on my hands.
Finally, I will taste the coffee on my lips and try to describe that best I can. Feeling the sensation of the warm drink going down my throat.
I also love to do this activity outside, weather permitting. It’s such an experience to sit in my garden with the dogs and observe everything around me.
Leaves falling off the trees. The plants swaying in the breeze. Birds singing their morning song.
9.50 After 20 minutes or so, I head back upstairs and take any medications I need to at this point.
Every morning I take a vegan supplement that helps me to get all the vitamins and minerals I need for my diet.
I also take any prescription medication I’m on, making sure to wash down both with some cool water.
10.00 By 10am I am still in my pyjamas, but I find a quiet spot in the house (which can sometimes be difficult), find a cushion to sit on and cross my legs.
It’s time to meditate.
Now, it is down to personal preference what time of day meditation takes place.
Some people prefer to use it to wind-down in the evening. But I find, I am much less likely to do it if I leave it until last thing.
I am new to meditation myself, and I’m not going to pretend it is as easy as just sitting with your eyes closed. It isn’t.
I recommend finding some good guided meditations to begin with, I will list some I have found useful below.
10.15 As a beginner, I aim to do 15 minutes of meditation a day.
Sometimes I do more, sometimes I do less. Sometimes I skip it completely. But once I’ve come out of this meditative state, I actually start to get ready for the day.
I love that he talks about relevant events to the day and his podcasts are only 4 minutes long. It is also nice to listen to an English podcaster, as the majority I listen to are Australian.
I’ve learnt so much through this part of my morning routine.
During my podcast listening time, I wash my face, brush my teeth, get dressed, brush my hair, make my bed and mist my indoor plants.
11.00 When all this is done, and I’ve completed the main bulk of my morning activities, I like to take a minute to sit down and review my self-care journal.
I started my journal just over a month ago, and it is in a similar style to a bullet journal. I use my iPad and download different journal templates, as a way to be more zero waste.
I have become so much more organised since using this journal and it has allowed me to clear my mind during meditation, as soon as I think of something I need to do, it is written in there.
I check my monthly planner and daily planner to see what needs doing today. I also write down what I ate for breakfast and tick off items from my habits list I have already completed.
11.15 I then respond to any emails than need replying to and use my phone for the first time of the day.
I check my social medias (usually Twitter and Instagram) also, and respond where necessary to notifications.
11.30 By this time, I have built up the energy to do my daily workout.
I head back downstairs and choose between the static bike or a YouTube core workout.
(I usually opt for a bit of cycling.)
I spend between half hour to an hour exercising, making sure to drink lots of water whilst doing so.
12.00 When I am all sweated out, I head upstairs and hop in the shower.
Just like with my coffee, I like to use the shower as a trigger to be mindful and acknowledge my senses.
I feel the water pouring down onto me, and its warmth. I feel the droplets bouncing off my skin and down into the plug hole.
I use my shampoo, conditioner and body soap all whilst thinking about their scents and feeling them foam up.
I also like to spend this time thinking about what my plans are for the rest of the day.
And that is pretty much it.
I usually will listen to some more podcasts or an audiobook whilst I get dressed a second time, but that is the end of my morning routine.
To find out more about other mindful habits I have started to incorporate into my life, you can find my last blog post here.
I hope this schedule has been helpful to you in some way and that you take away at least one of the mindfulness practices I have mentioned in this post.
To recap, I have listed the main mindfulness techniques I have incorporated into my morning routine.
- Eat breakfast or drink your morning hot drink mindfully – concentrate on your senses, think about all the different smells and tastes you’re experiencing.
- Meditate – this can be a very short time for beginners (even 5 minutes is great), I recommend starting with guided meditations.
- Listen to a podcast or audiobook about mindfulness – I recommend Radio Headspace and The Mindful Kind.
- Review your planner or journal and plan out your day generously – you can remind yourself of some more mindfulness habits you would like to work on during the rest of the day.
- Take a mindful shower or bath – focus on the scents of your soaps and shampoo, and the warmth of the water.
I hope you have found this week’s article of some help to you. I would love to hear what your mindful morning routine consists of too.