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Create Your Morning Ritual in 4 Simple Steps

by Suzanne M. Harvey

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Whether you are a morning person or not, get up, ready and out the door in the morning can be difficult. We want more sleep. We wake up stressed with all the “to-do’s”. Maybe you also have to get kids up and ready too. It seems we never have enough time in the morning, and we rushed off to our day feeling overwhelmed and stressed before we even get started. Having a morning ritual (even a short one) can help you go into your day feeling prepared instead of harried – even if you have kids. Try these 4 steps to create your morning ritual to get your day started off right.

#1 – Set Aside 5-15 minutes for your morning ritual.

It may feel impossible to add one more thing to your morning routine, but I can tell you from experience that this time will set the tone for your day and make you feel like you can handle all the things coming your way a little better. Be flexible with the amount of time as seasons / schedules change. There will be times when you only have 5 minutes and that is OK. When you can squeeze out 15 minutes, do it!

#2 – Prepare a quiet space.

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The science shows that our brains react to a space. If you are in the kitchen, your brain is signaled it’s time to eat. When you sit down at your desk, your brain knows this is where it has to work. So carve out a space for your morning ritual. It doesn’t need to be an entire room. A comfy chair near a window in the corner of your bedroom or guest room is just right.

#3 – Grab a Journal.

You may find that as you practice your morning ritual, ideas or thoughts will come to you. Have a journal handy to jot down light bulb moments or even the grocery list so you can move on, instead of fighting the intrusive thoughts, get them on paper. Your brain can then re-focus in the moment. Keep this journal in your quiet space so you won’t have to search for it later.

#4 – Find a book.

In order to help you focus during this quiet time, a book of meditations, scriptures or poems can be helpful. You want these to be short, meaningful and encouraging. This will give your mind something to ponder and focus on during your moments of quiet. And you can carry those thoughts into your day.

#5 – Have grace & gratitude for your morning ritual.

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As with all other self-care activities, this is a practice. You will not be perfect, and the time will not be perfect. Give yourself grace and honor the fact that you are trying. Somedays will feel like a disaster and others you might feel like you are killing it. Both are fine and NORMAL. Have gratitude for the time you have carved out knowing that each day is a new start. Grab that journal and write 3 things you are grateful for, say a prayer and head out for your day.

A few extra tips as you prepare for your morning ritual. Having the space and your materials in their place the night before helps. Your time is precious, so having every item ready and waiting for you is key. Also, this should happen in the morning but doesn’t not have to be immediately upon waking up. My practice changes throughout the year, but I have found that during the school year, it is better after drop-off, but before I start work.

My prayer is that this practice will help you re-focus your days, finding peace and calm in the busyness of your life. Use these 4 steps to create your morning ritual and you will be on your way to better days.

As you embark on this journey to create your morning ritual, reach out and let me know how it is helping you.

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Need help scheduling the time for your morning ritual? Get helpful tips for scheduling your self-care here.

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Suzanne Harvey

I am Suzanne Harvey, a woman of faith - boy mom – wife – entrepreneur – interior designer – skincare business owner – lover of music & bulldogs. Like you I wear lots of hats and juggle all the things. In all of that it is easy to lose sight of who we truly are, what truly matters to us and how to slow down to enjoy the beauty around us. Thanks for joining me on this adventure to find beauty in our everyday with encouragement, laughter, plus tips & ideas to help you find your own kind of beautiful.

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