They say the way to have a good day is to intentionally start with a good morning. Well I am 'they' in this instance. Starting with small but significant habits as your day unfolds will steamroll into the kind of momentum that can lead to a great day. Taking small actions right from the minute you start your day is the magic trick here. Good intentions aside, jumping into a thirty page plan will overwhelm just about anybody. That’s why I’d like to share small, actionable steps you can take over the next month or so, which will help you to establish a morning ritual that will complement your wellbeing goals. Pretty soon you’ll be doing these things in your sleep!
Week 1: Start With Lemon & Lime Water
Heading to the kettle switch is the first thing you do when you wake up and can be a great way to kick off your morning ritual. Try not to reach for the coffee right away, though, if you are a coffee drinker. For this week, have your lemon/lime water while you're prepping your coffee. It takes less than 30 seconds to make; squeeze half of either into hot water and sip away while your coffee is brewing.
Week 2: Introducing Mindfulness
Now that you have your lemon/lime water habit rolling, try five minutes of mindfulness while you’re sipping on the morning drink. Whether you just want to sit quietly in a meditation, write down a list of ten things you’re thankful for in a gratitude journal, or you’d like to map out the three most important things you want to tackle during the day, this can be a great way to ground yourself before the day gets started.
Week 3: Get Your Body Moving
Week four is here, and it’s time to get your body moving to complement the hard work you’ve been doing so far. This can be anything from taking a brisk walk outside, going for a run or cycling. The key is to choose the most appealing option based on what you enjoy (in order for it to be more sustainable), not based on which will burn the most calories or one that is the fad of the month.
Week 4: Add a Morning Celery Juice
Now that you’ve got the kettle boiling every morning and mindfulness is already a part of your day, add a morning celery juice into the equation. Add a whole celery into a juicer and voila, your juice will be ready in a few moments. Literally just celery, not need to add water or any other extras. It may take a little while to get used to the taste, but trust me, your body starts to crave it after a while, it’s nutritious, hydrates like water and is a natural antioxidant that works wonders on the body and will have you feeling wonderful for the day ahead.
Week 5: Try a Protein Smoothie
The best way to compliment the extra physical activity is to start adding a protein smoothie to your morning routine. Once you’re “all systems go” and a month into your new morning ritual, add this smoothie into the mix. All you need is one serving of protein powder, one cup of berries, a cup of water and a tablespoon of almond butter. Sprinkle granola or toppings of choice to get the flavour 100% right for you. Or use a combination of fruits that work for your taste. Banana, spinach and peanut butter is a great combination as well.
Here in week 5, your morning routine should look something like this;
1. Wake up, water & lemon/lime while brewing your next cuppa.
2. Enjoy your cuppa while journalling or as your morning routine unfolds. (I love to walk my doggo around the block while sipping on my coffee and finding a spot to sit down for an outside meditation).
3. Jump into your movement for the morning
4. Juice your celery
5. And make your smoothie to either have both to go or enjoy as breakfast before you tackle the rest of the day.
After you’ve reached this point, my best advice is to simply keep going! Some weeks you may only have time for a few, try your best to do as many of these as is capable for you each day. You’re well on your way to creating a sustainable morning wellness practice, and the unfolding from such a strong foundation will steamroll to feel good places you can't even imagine right now!