Every morning I have the same ritual. I turn off my alarm, get outta bed, stretch, wash up & then head to the kitchen. There I get my coffee and sit at the dining table while I read my morning devotion, Scriptures & pray. My morning coffee wakes me up, but my devotion gets me going. After all of this, I am ready to start my day.
Everyone has a different morning ritual. Let’s explore how others choose to start their day –
Prayer – Morning prayer is a MUST-HAVE for me! Not only does it allow me the opportunity to talk with God & express my gratitude for another day. I have so very much to be grateful for that prayer helps me “ease” into the day with peace of mind. I can talk to the Creator, before I enjoy His creation. For many, prayer prepares them for their day before “real life” kicks in.
Meditation – Everyone needs a quiet moment; time to disconnect. Meditation is a time you can focus on your breathing & center yourself before the start of your day. Whether it’s outdoors or on the floor next to your bed, having a moment of peace/tranquility can prevent stress & anxiety. Meditation can be vital to having a productive (and relaxing) day.
Exercise – I am not a morning person so getting up extra early to work out is just not for me. But I do know that many gyms, local parks and neighborhood sidewalks are often crowded in the wee hours of the morning. Whether it’s lifting weights at home or using a workout video, morning exercise will definitely wake you up, raise your endorphins and, of course, is a good thing for you to do.
Coffee – Starting the morning with a nice cup of joe is a morning favorite. Coffee shops like Coffee Bean, Seattle’s Best & Starbucks are overly crowded early thing in the morning. Some people can’t even seem to function without their daily dose of caffeine. For those that choose to brew their own coffee, there’s nothing better to have the aroma of freshly ground coffee beans first thing in the morning.
Bathroom – Running to the bathroom first thing in the morning is universal. Whether you shower in the morning, have a whole ‘bathroom ritual’ or warm up the toilet seat for the first 10 minutes you’re in there, spending time in the bathroom is a definite “must” in the morning!
Read the newspaper – You gotta respect the old skool. Reading the newspaper was the morning ritual for practically 100% of people going back to the early 1900’s. Even if you just scan the headlines, you can get a pretty good idea of what’s going on in the world. At the very least, you’ll have an idea of what other people are talking about if they’re discussing the news.
Go online – Many successful people start the day checking their email. Whether it’s over breakfast, or before jumping in the shower, they can either quickly scan their inboxes for urgent messages or craft emails while their mind is still fresh.
Watch Television – Whether it’s the morning news, a talk show or catching up on reruns from the night before, turning on the television in the morning is very common. You may even like to have the television on just for the “white noise” effect. Getting ready for work in the morning or sitting down to eat breakfast in pure silence can be unsettling. Plus, it helps to know what the weather & your morning commute is going to look like!
Make a list – Writing a things-to-do (TTD) list can help you strategize & prepare for your day. Seeing your tasks actually written out will let you prioritize and make it easier for you to remember what you have set out for the day. I write a new TTD list every day (whether or not I check everything off is another story!)
Sex – Last but not least, sex is how many couples like to start their day. According to YourTango.com 33% of adults prefer a morning quickie, but only 26% of them actually make time for sex at the beginning of their day. For some people, morning sex could mean the difference between a good day and a great day!
Do you have a morning routine? Or do you like to switch things up from time to time? Please share in the comments below –