11 morning rituals that may well ruin mornings…

if you’re like me, that is. coffee

A friend on Facebook shared an article titled “11 Morning Rituals That Can Change Your Life” (one of the reasons why I love Facebook).

Here’s the list without the details:

  1. As soon as you wake up hydrate with water. Bonus if you add lemon.
  2. Waking up earlier.
  3. Scrape your tongue.
  4. Stretch. Bonus – add yoga or any other form of body movement.
  5. Rebound 100 times. Hint: not rebound relationships, it’s basically jumping around on a mini trampoline.
  6. Dry brush your body.
  7. Listen to uplifting music or an audio-book. Hint: motivational, inspirational books. I honestly don’t think they had Stephen King in mind.
  8. Make a green smoothie. Bonus: drink it.
  9. Meditation.
  10. 30 seconds to smile at yourself. Hint: need to use the mirror.
  11. Plan and write down the top 3 things to get done today. Hint: ONLY three. Nothing more, nothing less.

Here’s my take on this and why it would ruin my mornings.

I totally suck at consistency. You’d think with my issues relating to balancing my day, job, life and everything else, the Universe and my soul would have thought I had enough to deal with. But, nope.

My excuses:

  1. As soon as you wake up hydrate with water. Bonus if you add lemon. – I know that this is actually a really good practice. I’ve tried it before. My problem: I love coffee too much. My make-up method: Try to drink at least 3 L of water throughout the day.
  2. Waking up earlier. – This is actually true. Based on my own experience, when I wake up earlier I actually feel less stressed. However, I also know of people who need to be up by 4.30 in the morning to get their kids off to school. So…this may be something you might wanna skip unless you’re going for the “I have had no sleep zombie mama” feel.
  3. Scrape your tongue. – I need to buy one of these…if I remember to.
  4. Stretch. Bonus – add yoga or any other form of body movement. -This is actually part of my morning routine! Yay me! One out of 4.
  5. Rebound 100 times. Hint: not rebound relationships, it’s basically jumping around on a mini trampoline. No. No. And No. I am sorry but firstly I am terrified that I’d just bounce off the trampoline. I’m also terrified that I’d just break the damn thing and break my ankle in the process.
  6. Dry brush your body. – I honestly couldn’t be arsed.
  7. Listen to uplifting music or an audio-book. Hint: motivational, inspirational books. I honestly don’t think they had Stephen King in mind. – My excuse: I’d have to go to YouTube to look for motivational music. YouTube is like a black hole. Once you’re in there, you rarely come out.
  8. Make a green smoothie. Bonus: drink it. – Nope. My excuse: I really don’t have the time to make a smoothie fresh every morning. I don’t have a blender/juicer. Green veggies, believe it or not is kinda expensive, especially the ones you feel are safe to consume without cooking (don’t ask).
  9. Meditation. – I’ve been dy.ing to go back to meditating and I actually managed to do this, this morning. I’m so proud of myself.
  10. 30 seconds to smile at yourself. Hint: need to use the mirror. – My excuse: I don’t have a mirror in my room. Well, I do. It’s a smallish one. I’m sure they meant a big one.
  11. Plan and write down the top 3 things to get done today. Hint: ONLY three. Nothing more, nothing less. – Something I am trying to do. Monday was a disaster. Today, Tuesday I actually managed to get all three done!

Hal Elrod is an amazing human being and author of the Miracle Morning series. He created this list of things that every one should try to do in the mornings. It’s based off the stories and habits of the many successful people around the world. It consists of five things:

  1. Silence
  2. Affirmations
  3. Visualisation
  4. Exercising
  5. Reading
  6. Scribing

 

SAVERS
Taken from an article by Melanie Pinola at lifehacks.com

There’s even a 30-day challenge to include the SAVERS into your morning routine. 30-days to allow it to become a habit.

I lasted 3 days.

So, can you imagine me trying to include 11 things into my morning routine?

Yea, neither can I.

Don’t get me wrong though. I have been trying to build consistency into my morning routine. Sometimes I fail miserably, sometimes I’m just so lazy, sometimes I make the horrible mistake of turning on my computer first thing and sometimes I make the disastrous mistake of tapping on the Facebook icon on my phone.

Yet, I still try. And try.

My morning routine so far has been a manageable:

  • Try to not hit the snooze button too many times.
  • If successful, sit up in bed and try not to look at phone.
  • If successful, head to the kitchen for life-giving coffee.
  • Consciously avoid turning on the computer.
  • Spend a few quiet minutes with my little journal, just jotting down what I need to do for the day, while sipping said life-giving nourishment.
  • Fight with self as to why I should get some exercise – so far the argument that wins is that I have to be consistent!
  • While still fighting with myself, walk out of my room, open the doors, walk out to the porch and get my exercise done. If I’m really, really just not in the mood, I make a deal with myself. 3 sets of everything instead of 5, and only the most important movements. This actually helps.

And then my “day” starts.

Do you have a morning routine? Does it involve any of the 11 things from the article?

NanoPoblano 2017

22 thoughts on “11 morning rituals that may well ruin mornings…

  1. I like these ideas, they put a positive connotation on mornings which are so often seen as negative. I also like the fact that it focus’s on self when so often in the morning your mind is busy thinking about other things including work and people etc. I love your honesty Anita, its refreshing.

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  2. “Dry brush your body”…? Wha…?!? What does that even mean? I wash it; I dry it; sometimes I even throw on a bit of lotion if my skin’s starting to get crispy; but other than that my body’s on its own.

    And I can’t imagine having the amount of spare time all those morning activities would require. My dream is being able to drink one cup of tea per day while not doing anything else at the same time. So far I’ve managed it a couple of times in the past two months, but I have high hopes for maybe once a week… πŸ˜‰

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    1. lol Diane..it’s like using a scrub for the body..slough off dead cells, get the circulation going and all that. My dream…is to just chill and not stress out by over-piling stuff to do on my plate. It’s like this vicious cycle!

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  3. I think if I had to incorporate that first list of eleven things in every morning, it would be time for bed again by the time that I had finished them all. Making smoothies is very nice and fulfilling but an awful lot of effort and expense when you can buy ready made ones that don’t require you to buy all the ingredients and process them all yourself. I’m not lazy, I just find it difficult to allocate large amounts of time to certain tasks that can just as easily by done more cheaply and efficiently by people elsewhere. I used to drink homemade smoothies all the time but it would take so long for my brother to make them and then he got bored, so now I only bother drinking ones that are nutritious and ready-made, like those Innocent drinks or maybe some other brand that has a decent collection of vegetables in it.

    I did laugh very much at your take on the list, it certainly seems more realistic than tackling all eleven of those things brought up as if they are simple exercises to be partaken in the morning. The SAVERS acronym is excellent, I already find myself doing a lot of what they recommend automatically, I’ve actually found that inspirational and motivational messages really do excite my mind and spur me on to do things, even if I am tired. I like reading challenging things to that engage my brain. I’m on a reading purge currently to get through friends books that I have promised for many months (in some cases over a year) to read and when you find a quality one, it is so inspiring to think about how clever your friend is and how well they write.

    I know how I am going to motivate myself tomorrow morning and that is with a hearty breakfast, that’s the most important thing on my morning routine list and helps me to face the world with a song in my heart and a smile in my belly…I mean on my face and fire in my belly πŸ˜‰

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    1. It’s pretty cool that you have been including parts of the SAVERS into your routine. I feel that SAVERS is something that people have been doing, maybe parts here and there. It just sometimes takes one person to put it all down in one place and sort of give it a structure?

      Had a HUGE breakfast this morning and it covered my meals right up to a late dinner. Had a really small meal but feeling full again! LOL.

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      1. Lol A big breakfast is very convenient. It makes meal planning an awful lot easier when you can skip lunch and have a snack for dinner. I ended up losing weight when I did that for a week because I was effectively only having one big meal a day and avoiding snacking too πŸ™‚

        Yes, the SAVERS technique does make things more sense to try to do it in the order that they suggest, otherwise you are only going to be getting partial benefits until you implement some kind of structure to benefit as a whole πŸ™‚

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