I hope you’re having a wonderful week! I’ve been thinking about you, and I want you to be encouraged today. You are on an amazing journey toward freedom, and I’m here to help you get it.
Today I’m sharing what I do every morning to get my mind where I want it to be for the day. Taking control of my thoughts each morning has truly transformed the rest of each day, which has changed my whole life!
When I was in my dreaded 9-5, I used to get up just in time to run out the door. It set the whole tone for my day--
One that was rushed, stressed, and always felt behind.
Now, getting up early--not because I have to anymore, but because I want to!--has become my favorite part of the day. It’s my time to practice self-care, process, reflect, celebrate, and dream. I walk away every morning feeling inspired, peaceful, excited, and ready for my day!
Here are my top tips for an amazing morning routine:
1. Journal - by hand
I do this EVERY SINGLE DAY. All of the elements of my morning ritual revolve around this one thing. I write by hand because doing so connects more deeply to the brain than typing. It helps you to get focused, centered. It helps me make sense of the world.
Choose something special to write in, and process whatever’s going on. Do a “brain dump” and get stuff out of your head!
2. Get up early.
I get up first in my house, and I cherish the quiet, undistracted time I have before the day really gets going. Making that choice for yourself allows you to own your day. I see it as the best investment you could make--it’s like paying $1 to make $100. And who wouldn’t do that?
Getting up earlier than you HAVE to means that you dive in to your day with intention and focus,
instead of reacting to whatever comes your way and realizing at the end of the day that you still didn’t get to your priorities.
Take control of today--don’t let it just happen to you and pass you by. Make a choice for yourself. Even 5 minutes makes a difference.
3. Write down 10 things you’re grateful for.
This exercise has been life-changing for me and for my private clients.
Use your special journal and include this list in your processing.
Focusing on what you HAVE puts you in a totally different mindset than focusing on what you don’t or wish you didn’t.
It can be something really small or something huge--doesn’t matter. Just do it.
4. Re-visit your goals.
Every morning, I pull up the countdown app on my phone and check in on how many days I have to achieve this month’s goals and any longer-term goals I have. (I have 10 days left to hit my goals for January!) Again, this is about FOCUSING on what’s most important to you, and letting that set the tone for how you’re going to spend your precious time and energy today. If it doesn’t support a priority, it doesn’t belong on your to-do list or schedule today!
5. Practice EFT.
Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT or “Tapping”) is the newest addition to my list, and is also the weirdest at first glance, but I love it! It’s a scientifically-proven form of acupressure, using acupuncture meridians to access your subconscious. You tap on these various points while expressing your feelings and replacing them with how you want to feel.
It’s like a trumped-up form of affirmations!
I’ve found it to be a huge help for stress and anxiety. As a highly sensitive, empathetic person who feels strongly and picks up on what other people are feeling, tapping has been a great supplement to help me deal with whatever is going on in my brain. There are tons of YouTube videos out there and some great books too. If you’d like a recommendation on my favorite for a particular emotion or topic, just ask :).
Can’t wait to hear how it goes!
All my best,