Another Monday has rolled around friends. Who is ready for this new week? Did anyone else eat their weight in chocolate this past weekend? No? Just me? okay. Really though, I hope that everyone enjoyed their Valentine’s and Galentine’s weekend even though we had to improvise a little bit more than usual this year. I have spent the better part of the weekend planning out some future posts that I intend to publish on the blog however, I was having trouble trying to figure out which direction I wanted to go in and after all of the recent V Day content I provided.
As I have begun implementing Motivational Monday on my Instagram, it has inspired me to keep the same positive vibe throughout my posts, particularly the ones released in the beginning of the week. With that being said, I have decided that in this post I will expand upon my morning moments routine that I had mentioned a couple blog posts ago in Self-Love Is In The Air. The nice thing about a morning routine is that it is completely customizable to every individual. If something doesn’t work for you, take it out or replace it! If you want to add in an element, go for it! A morning routine is special to everyone in their own way which is one of the main reasons why this past year, I have basically created my own because I barely had one before. ☀️🌈
*Disclaimer: this morning routine is after the daily brush teeth, skincare habits, and getting dressed have happened. For your dental health’s sake, I hope that brushing your teeth in the morning is already a solid habit of yours lol.
1). Meditate/Daily Affirmations- First, I choose a card from my deck of affirmations to meditate on. I’m not very good at coming up with my own words so I try to learn through various programs how to navigate my thoughts. This can be a word that you have struggled grappling with or a word that you want to describe yourself with. One of my favourites is “I AM WORTHY”. My meditations usually only take about 3-4 minutes, nothing too time-consuming otherwise I will have lost the battle before even moving to my next step. This step is crucial in my Morning Moments routine because it wakes me up and helps set the tone for the day.
2) Say a daily prayer/read through a devotional/sit with the Bible (or your Holy Book of choice)- This step in my Morning Moments routine is really flexible. Some days I only have a few words to say in a quick prayer, other days I want to take the full 10 minutes to work through a devotional page. Again, this routine is supposed to work for you and it will look different every single day because no day is the same. When I trust in the fact that it truly is all in God’s hands, it takes a lot of stress off me and for those of you who have met me IRL, y’all know I can tend to let nerves and stress run my body.
3) Goal setting for the day- After I have gotten myself ready mentally for the day, I like to make a mini list of things off the top of my head that I know I need to get done that day. After I have that list of items, I prioritize them by acknowledging the 3 most important items to complete by the end of the day. That way, I know where my efforts need to be focused and that I won’t just continue to add the same things over and over each day. This really helps me set intentions for the day early on so I that I can get organized as soon as possible instead of scrambling later. If stationary excites you as much as it does me, feel free to buy a cute journal to keep handy for this.
4) **New addition because of covid, positivity for 1 person- I didn’t do this pre-covid but now that I have spent almost a full year indoors and away from most of my friends and family, it can feel lonely sometimes. The last part of my morning moments routine is to think of 1 of my friends or family that I haven’t seen or talked to in awhile and send all positive vibes or pray for them. Once I reflect on how grateful I am to have them as a friend or a family member, I text/message them wishing them all the best and let them know I’m thinking of them. This is a very new step to me but so far, I’ve gotten such a positive response from all the people I’ve messaged and I want to continue it for the foreseeable future. It reminds me of who is special to me in my life and is my small way of spreading kindness remotely.
I want to emphasize that even though each step may look a little different everyday, I try to keep as consistent as possible. Whenever I finish with my routine, it puts me in the best mood and I feel confident in my abilities to tackle whatever the day throws my way. The list and order above is what works for me but it took me weeks to add things in and take things out and rearrange the order to understand what would motivate me the best for the day. I also think these types of routines are fluid and are meant to be amended if there are life changes or if you find that you’ve simply outgrown that flow of items. I hope this encourages you to reflect on how you spend your mornings and if there’s room for you to use this opportunity to set your mind and body up for success before the day starts running away from you.
I’d love to hear about your current Morning Moments routine or if you are interested in perhaps starting one up this year. Enjoy the rest of your week and stay warm wherever you are.❄️ Thanks for reading!
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