Save Some Love For Yourself & Energize Your Morning Routine
by Maria Khalife
“The secret of your future is hidden in your daily routine.” ~ Mike Murdock
Many people tell me that they don’t have any time to themselves. It’s no wonder. Mothers, in particular, have busy, challenging schedules. But here’s an idea to find one full hour just for yourself. No matter how much you love sleep, it is possible to swipe an hour out of the day – just for you – as part of your morning routine! Think about it – one hour to yourself, every day, that you can count on…it sounds wonderful! All you have to do is to set your alarm an hour earlier every day, and see for yourself what a difference it makes.
The first hour of your day has the power to set the tone for the entire day. You can focus on your mind-body-spirit connection. You can focus on the organization needed to get your family going for their day. It does not have to be a spiritual time, but it should be meditative in some way, so that you can unleash the power of your mind to organize and energize your day.
Focus on your body. Stretch, do yoga, ride a bike, walk the dog – this is all about being fully present in your body. Take ten minutes to breathe and be present with your amazing physiology. This body and the mind behind it is what makes everything happen in our world. Greet it gently.
Feel your good fortune. There are people and things in your life that make you feel fantastic. Take a moment to appreciate everything. This gratitude is pure positivity. Once you’ve done this, move on to envision all of the wonderful things that may be yet to come. Imagine how appreciative you would feel if they were in your life right now. The vibrancy you feel when you imagine these things is electric and powerful.
The last 30 minutes of your solitude will be spent in a mindfulness routine. Choose to do something that calms you: Meditate, iron, knit, sit quietly, paint, or draw. During this time, you will focus completely on building yourself up and infusing your entire being with positivity. Choose an affirmation that you feel comfortable with and comforted by. Choose another that makes you feel empowered. Choose one more that makes you feel ready to take on the world.