Ever switched off your alarm and immediately dived into emails, Facebook, and Instagram — only to later ask yourself why you feel so frazzled? I’ve been there.
During these past 2 months while on my weight loss journey, I realized that I can decide how my day goes by simply making mindful choices about my first waking moments. How we begin our morning has the power to affect the entire day. Mornings have an expansive, pure, beautiful quality. I think of morning mindfulness as a magic portal, accessible to everyone but discovered by only a few.
Ideally, I’d wake up three hours early every day to allow for journaling, walking, and conducting tea ceremonies. But that’s not always my reality. In the mornings, I have about 90 minutes to get ready. Although making an hour-long meditation part of my morning routine has been shown to have life-changing effects, even that doesn’t always happen.
By following through with these daily morning rituals I have found I am far more motivated on my weight loss journey than ever. I focus on my end goal far more often and day by day this goal is becoming my reality.
So here are my five nonnegotiable morning rituals. Hope they help you add a little loving mindfulness to the start of your day on your weight loss journey.
Upon waking, I pick up my journal — which I keep on my nightstand as a reminder — and jot down my weight loss goals and dreams and any ideas floating in my head. This is a very powerful practice, as it helps you access your consciousness in its purest form, before worries, tasks, and masks start to fill your mind.
Close your eyes for a few moments and take five deep breaths, letting your lungs come out of the sleep mode and expand. Now, it’s time not just to think but to really let your body experience the way you want to feel. Be specific: Play the images of your commute, interactions you’ll have, the meals you’ll enjoy, and the errands you’ll run. Let your day unfold in the most joyful, natural way that lets your authentic, best self shine. Allowing every cell in your body to feel the way you want to feel is how you become a powerful manifestor. Open your eyes, and go live it!
Tea is not just a drink. It’s also a way to nourish your body and connect with Mother Earth. My favorite morning teas are weight loss teas. Spicing things up on colder days with some cinnamon and cayenne pepper. It aids digestion and supports your body’s natural detox process, getting the juices flowing for a healthful day.
When your body is fueled the right way, your energy levels and performance improve — in life, in work, in everything — helping you be the best version of yourself. Think about something joyful while preparing the meal, and then take the time to sit down, be grateful, and indulge.