Every day brings new opportunities to change our habits and evolve into a better version of ourselves. Setting clear intentions and goals can only be accomplished with daily habits that contribute to our ultimate objective, and those daily habits start with our morning routines.
Establishing the tone in the morning will determine the tone for the whole day. This is why it’s important to practice healthy habits to build a positive and progressive life.
Here are six ways to start your morning with clear intentions, gratitude, and an aligned mind, body, and spirit.
Wake Up Early
Waking up early is key in creating healthy daily habits. While there are 24 hours in a day, they tend to go by faster the busier your schedule becomes. Train yourself to wake up a few hours earlier than your normal time; your natural circadian clock will adjust to the change. This will allow you to carve out a few hours in the day to be present and grounded before the day’s journey begins.
Set Your Intention
Right at that moment when you realize you’re awake, take a moment, and fully be present in your awareness. Feel your heartbeat, acknowledge your breathing pattern, listen to the sounds around you. Become aware of the life force within your body, and use that energy to set your intention for the day.
Drink Lemon Water
Drinking a glass of water with lemon is beneficial in many ways. The lemon helps remove toxins from the digestive tract, supports weight loss, and stimulates metabolism and digestion. Water helps cleanse the revitalize the body, giving it an energy boost for the day.
Make time to get direct sunlight first thing in the morning. The sunlight will recharge you and give you an abundance of vitamin d, which is pivotal for physical and spiritual health. Take a moment to practice sun salutations and sun gazing. This practice dates back centuries and is said to help strengthen the third eye chakra.
Cleanse Your Space
Take the time to incorporate cleansing rituals with sage, incense, and palo santo to clear any negative energy from your space. Starting each day with a cleansed area will allow positive energy to flow through and inspire healthy thoughts. Incorporating crystals into this ritual has many healing benefits as well.
Move Your Body
Take the time out to physically move your body. Whether it’s a five-minute stretch or a random dance session to your favorite song, just move. Movement helps awaken the body and aids in cultivating a boosted mood.